January 27, 2012 4 comments
I have to apologize in advance for the ridiculous number of synonyms that you’re gonna see in this post. On tour right now to promote their newest larger-than-life project, Nocturnal, Big Gigantic is knocking audiences all over the country right on their asses. (Free Nocturnal download here). The duo consists of Dominic Lalli and Jeremy Salken. Though on stage they are set up side by side, Lalli seems to be the more verbose of the two. Lalli plays saxophone and comprises the electronic production component of Big G, and is also the voice of the duo, pumping up the crowd with tremendous promises like “We’re gonna go hard in the paint tonight!” (that one is real). It’s easy to tell that they are having fun on stage doing what they love. Lalli’s prodigious counterpart is Salken on the drums. I saw them last week in Denver, and for most of the show my attention was fixated on Lalli. Then I realized that Salken was throwing it down hard on the drums for a legitimate 2 and a half hours! That’s stamina, people. Both of these guys are well-grounded and versatile musicians that know how to play to a crowd.
Big G is a dynamic duo that has nothing short of a symbiotic relationship with their crowd. Both entities feed off of one another, and when they sell out venues as they are prone to do, the atmosphere is electric. Based out of Boulder, CO, it is no surprise that Big G sold out everywhere they played in Colorado. The duo has carved out their own niche in the electronic jam scene and has created an avid fanbase for themselves. Not truly bound by any one genre, their sound is innovative and all-their-own with, a massive infusion of genres across the spectrum, prominently showcasing complex jazz melodies with intense looping and percussion that spawns some raging dance parties. Every show is like an Insanity workout. Well, maybe not, but you get what I’m trying to say.
Lalli’s dynamic and often trancy sax riffs command attention and contrasts brilliantly with Salken’s rhythmic intonations on the drums. From the chatter before the show, it seemed like a lot of people had never heard or seen Big G before. By the end, it was quite apparent that Big G had picked up plenty of new fans. As stage performers, these guys can hang with the best. The stage layout was very well done with amps and speakers stacked halfway to the rafters, with Lalli and Salken atop their musical thrones, except that it was the audience who was treated to a kingly performance. (See picture below, sorry about the quality). As the performance goes on, Lalli seems to get more and more in the groove, dancing around on his platform sweating beads as he rocks out on his sax, head to the floor and diaphram belting out those notes. Salken is more stoic on the drums, but maybe it’s just hard to multitask when you’re wailing away.
I’m a huge fan of Big Gigantic’s original compositions. Stream their newest album, Nocturnal, at the top of this post. But at their shows, Big G is fond of dropping some their remixes, from Aloe Blacc’s “I Need a Dollar,” to Wiz Khalifa’s “Black and Yellow,” to Biggie and Bone Thugz “Notorious Thugs.” Nothing about these operates on a small level. Big Gigantic really rises to the occasion, every time.
Their tour spans the course of the next five months, hits both costs, and will land the guys in the heart of a couple festivals. You’re doing yourself a disfavor by passing up an opportunity to check out Big Gigantic. Leave a comment, let MJF know if you like what you hear.
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