John Ponton, III
Sometimes you just gotta have that afro funk to put a smile on your face and a boogie in your step. These guys have a giant sound and an awesome talent for composing solid tracks that throw back to the 60's & 70's. Dig it!
Favorite track: Gangland.
Big Mean's Second Full-Length independent release "Marauders" incorporates 20 different musicians on a dangerous journey through sonic worlds. Combining elements of afro-beat, future funk, jazz, and electronic music, these 9 tracks represent post modern musical consciousness.
released October 26, 2012
Andrew Klein// Drums, Cymbals, Percussion
Bryan Davis//Percussion, Shakers. Blocks, Effects, Mbira
Lucas Ashby//Congas, Bells, Blocks, Cello
Angelo Peters//Bass, Synths, Organs, Baritone Guitar, Guitar, Mbira, Percussion
Dana Billings//Organs, Minimoog, Aceto Modular Synthesizer, Percussion, Mbira
Rob Tate//Rhodes Piano, Wurlitzer Electric Piano, Organs, Clavinet
Dan Barker//Lead & Rhythm Guitars, Effects
Damien Scalise//Lead & Rhythm Guitars
Bobby Spellman//Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Melodica, Slide Trumpet, Horn Arrangement
Jamie Yaman//Baritone & Tenor Saxophone
Lee Hamilton//Tenor Saxophone
Emily Pecoraro//Flute, Piccolo, Bass Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Remy Kunstler//Baritone Saxophone
Jason Juliano//Alto Saxophone
Joshua Oxford//Arp Odyssey, Aceto Modular Synthesizer
Kyle Oestreich//Wurlitzer Electric Piano on “Gangland”
Keir Neuringer //Alto Saxophone on “Between Prophecy & Heresy” & “Enjoy the Fear”
Mathew Vitti//Vocals and Effects on “Between Prophecy & Heresy”
Jeb Henrie//Guitars on “Big Time”, “The Warning”
Ryan Zawel//Trombone on “Ark of the Convenient”
Thanks: All our Friends, Families and Fans. All of those who helped fund this album. Will Russell and Electric Wilburland, James Elkins and Crystal Carrier, Jordan Aceto, Chris Mazer and the Haunt, Mcneil’s Music of Ithaca, Greenstar Coop, Allison Dedominick and Arte, Jay Spaker, Josh Sperling, Pat Burke, Casey Martin, Robert Curatolo, Elizabeth Paradiso and the Glen Guest House, DJ Mosandi, WICB, Castaways, Grassroots, and to all of those who have helped us on our journeys.
A thunderous dance party that fuses Afrobeat, Funk, Latin and Psychedelia, BMSM is constantly charting new territory. With their latest, independently-produced album "Runnin' for the Ghost," the band is poised to continue its exponential growth, uniting people and genres along the way.
This whole album is filled with a wonderful energetic quality while also being unobtrusive in a way that makes it easy to focus on work or reading.
The standout track for me is March of the Idiots. Future Ancestors is excellent as well.
The whole thing inspires me to think of it as the soundtrack to some movie from the 1970s. A Becker