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Bicycle Nights

by The Big Sweet

An cathartic, intricate pop album with elements of jangle rock, psychedelic, and baroque influences
Genre: Pop: Psychedelic Pop
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1. Somber Sighs
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2. Casse La Fleur
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3. Almost Saw the Sun
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4. Glowing Alone
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5. Bicycle Nights
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6. The Better Half of You
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7. Drawn to Flames
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8. Morning Papers
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9. Happy Songs
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10. Wax Dolls: Jaunty Piano I
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11. Pillars: Jaunty Piano II
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Album Notes
Most high school seniors may spend the morning of their prom day preparing their hair or possibly planning spots for photo shoots. In contrast, the four members of The Big Sweet spent the better half of this day on a nine hour car ride back to Ohio from their Daytrotter session in Iowa. In many ways, this seems to encapsulate the theme of The Big Sweet's history; they are teenagers whose quality of music continuously belies their young age (the members are all 19 at this point). Truth be told, with a near five year career, 3 recorded albums, numerous glowing reviews and 100 plus shows under their belt, the band's youthfulness is far from its most interesting characteristic.
Originating in the Northeast Ohio area, The Big Sweet are a rock band whose style draws from a wide variety of genres such as power pop, psychedelia, baroque music, and avant-garde. While the band has been likened to artists both new and old (Wilco, Big Star, XTC, Elliott Smith), The Big Sweet has constantly pushed to defy easy classification, to sound fresh if you will. The band has honed its chops by gigging relentlessly throughout Ohio at renowned venues in Cleveland (The Beachland Ballroom, House of Blues), Columbus (Rumba Cafe), Akron (Musica), and Canton (Palace Theater, Auricle). As such shows, the band has played with dozens of nationally touted artists such as The Front Bottoms, The Lemonheads, The Whigs, Ra Ra Riot, Will Hoge, and many more. Additionally, several radio stations (NPR's affiliate in Cleveland, 91.3 in Akron, CD 101 in Columbus) have consistently played The Big Sweet's music.
The band has released 2 albums--Shot of Bliss in 2010, Ultraviolet Rain in 2011-- to nearly universal critical acclaim. Indeed, outlets such as Popdose, Artist Direct, Cleveland Scene Magazine, Akron Beacon Journal, When You Motor Away, Absolute Power Pop, and many others have given the records (especially the latter) glowing reviews; several quotes from these press outlets are listed below at the article's end.
Building on the critical acclaim of Ultraviolet Rain, The Big Sweet are set to release their third full-length record, Bicycle Nights, in August. As singer/guitarist/songwriter Sam Regas says, "As 15 year olds, it was inevitable that our sound would very much be the summation of our influences. But with Bicycle NIghts, we really feel this is the reflection of our own musical identity. We put a massive amount of energy into these songs so, love it or hate it, this record-- more than anything we've recorded prior-- really is who we are." True, no longer mere fine emulators, The Big Sweet have confidently grown into truly innovative instigators in their own right. Now freshmen in college, The Big Sweet's personal maturation is strongly reflected by the vision of their music and growth in songwriting. Rich with harmonies, chiming guitars, orchestral splashes, and oddball arrangements, Bicycle Nights is as much a continuation of The Big Sweet's core melodic sound as it as an ambitious and complex step in a new musical direction. This is the band at its most representative, the record that truly shows The Big Sweet-- rounded out by Brad Berbari (guitar/keys), Matt McDonald (bass), and Drew Watson (drums)-- at their most strange and simultaneously alluring.

"[Ultraviolet Rain] is the music that ought to be and will be the soundtrack of the life of a cool teenager trying to figure out what he wants to do with himself." -Popdose
"They come across as young bucks who have been listening to Big Star, The Replacements and Guided By Voices for decades…It's enough to make Robert Pollard want to give them a huge hug." -Daytrotter
"The Big Sweet plays carefully assembled, expertly arranged guitar pop the likes of which is supposed to be dead among their generation."- Columbus Alive
"The Ohio quartet creates sonic dreamscapes that are as easy to fall into as anything from The Pixies or Pavement…These lads could change the course of indie rock as they know it." -Artist Direct



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