Hillside Summer Festival 2017
July 14 - 16
Building spectacular, inverted rock constructions that sound many magnitudes bigger than one would suspect a trio was capable of, BIG|BRAVE has been in existence since 2012, with members spread across two guitars and drums respectively. Unhurried and untouchable,BIG|BRAVE possess that same valued independent spirit which pervades their local contemporaries, and is at the root of their intense and exploratory musical offerings. Au De La lulls and lurches between passages of rhythmic noise pollution and vocal led awe, using considered juxtapositions of force and restraint to warp the senses across the forty-five minute playing time. Remarkably quiet at times, their ambiance is not one of minimalism, but of dawning, foreboding power with the need to be vented, and when the hot flushes of blighted percussion and monochromatic guitar scrapes arrive, they arrive with triumphant force. Special guest Jessica Moss (Thee Silver Mt Zion Memorial Orchestra) lends her hand on a few of the album’s five tracks, casting shimmering nets of violin across the band’s turbulent passages.
Recorded with Efrim Menuck (Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Thee Silver Mt Zion Memorial Orchestra) at Hotel2Tango, Au De La adds to a growing discography comprising BIG|BRAVE’s 2013 debut EP An Understanding Between People and debut LP Feral Verdure, which they recorded at Paradise Studios with Jon Boles, and self-released in September 2014. Their live performances are plentiful, having crisscrossed North America on multiple tours and performing at prominent festivals.