Today, acclaimed Australian duo Big Scary returns to their creative, musical sanctum and releases new song “Organism.” The grooving, rhythm-driven track is the first new music fans will have the to chance to hear since the U.S. release of their Australian Music Prize-winning full-length, Not Art, in January 2014 on Barsuk Records.
The pair have been spending a great deal of their time working on new material for their upcoming album, and are currently putting the finishing touches on what is set to be another forward-thinking journey into one of the most inventive and challenging pop acts in recent years.
As frontman/producer Tom Iansek said of the song, “it’s moving back towards Jo and me as a band and the dynamic between us. It’s refocusing on the duo. With this has come a lot of stripping back of the non-essential, using less to create more. Using new and unfamiliar textures but keeping the performance firmly grounded in that of two people playing.” Drummer Jo Syme added, “it’s a quirky, three-minute pop song – obnoxious sax stabs dance with the bass, and the simple parts slot in around each other with little rhythmic tricks.”
Since releasing Not Art, Iansek and Syme have kept themselves busy, expanding their own music label/collective Pieater with several releases, as well as Iansek producing numerous records throughout Australia.
He is once again behind the production of Big Scary’s new music, pushing further the skills that have been so readily seen in the last 12 months across the Australian music scene. “More widely, I recognize now Big Scary as a chance to challenge where I am at artistically. I force myself to take stock of where I am as a songwriter and producer; where I see other music heading; and where I want to head,” said Iansek. “This makes in many ways for a grueling and tortuous process, especially with no guarantee of a positive outcome, but does allow many other things to flow in its wake. I often take the sounds, techniques and ideals I learn from making Big Scary albums into my surrounding work as a producer”
Big Scary are set to take their new song (and maybe a few more works-in-progress) on the road this September for a headlining North American tour, kicking off in Vancouver on September 4 at The Cobalt, hitting Bumbershoot, Pygmalion, and Midpoint music festivals, and ending October 4 at Mercury Lounge in New York City. The band is set to tour the EU & UK through the end of the year. A full list of North American dates is below; find all tour dates and information at http://www.bigscary.net/.
BIG SCARY NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
Sep 4 – The Cobalt – Vancouver, BC
Sep 5 – Bumbershoot Festival – Seattle, WA
Sep 9 – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR
Sep 11 – Brick & Mortar Music Hall – San Francisco, CA
Sep 12 – The Lyric Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
Sep 18 – Stubbs JR – Austin, TX
Sep 19 – The Foundry – Dallas, TX
Sep 20 – Hi Tone Cafe – Memphis, TN
Sep 23 – The Pygmalion Festival – Urbana, IL
Sep 25 – Midpoint Music Festival – Cincinnati, OH
Sep26 – The Drake Hotel – Toronto, ON
Sep 30 – Le Divan Orange – Montreal, QC
Oct 1 – Café 939 at Berklee- Boston, MA
Oct 2 – Mercury Lounge – New York, NY
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