PREMIERE: Big Nothing explores the void on “Cincinnati”

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Big Nothing | photo courtesy of the artist
Big Nothing | photo courtesy of the artist

There’s an undeniable pedigree to new locals Big Nothing, pointing strongly back to the bustling West Chester punk scene. Guitarist Matt Quinn played in Crybaby with Ed McNulty of Beach Slang, while Pat Graham (also on guitar) fronted WC heroes Spraynard. A bit geographically separate, but no less connected, is bassist Liz Parsons — who hails from Flemington, NJ’s Casual — and drummer Chris Jordan, of Gainesville, FL’s Young Livers (a group that, incidentally, took their name from a great Rocket From the Crypt song).

Basically, it’s a crew of rad people who love hooky, riff-driven punk with strong pop sensibilities, who found themselves living in Philadelphia and wanting to start a project in the vein of Superchunk, The Pixies and The Replacements. Or, as Graham puts it over email, “we’re four Philadelphians coming together to explore the existential void…Big Nothing exists in order to never lose sight of doing what makes you happy. We are here to have fun, break things, and do whatever we want all of the time.”

That begins with “Cincinnati,” a track we’re stoked to premiere for you today. It announces itself with a strum and a howl, as chunky power chords chug, drumbeats sprint, and the bandmates (everybody sings) ponder love and life and death in the midwest rock mecca. The message: don’t part ways without telling your friends you love them. The song comes from Big Nothing’s self-titled 7″, out July 28th on Asian Man Records; preorder it here, listen below and check out dates for Big Nothing’s summer tour.

Tour Dates
July 27th // Asheville, NC [INFO]
July 28th // Nashville, TN [INFO]
July 29th // Bloomington, IN [INFO]
July 30th // Chicago, IL [INFO]
July 31st // Cleveland, OH [INFO]
August 1st // Toronto, ON [INFO]
August 2nd // Montreal, QC [INFO]
August 3rd // Burlington, VT [TBD]
August 4th // Portsmouth, NH [INFO]
August 5th // Florence, MA [INFO]

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