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Coping Skills, Big Nothing, and Queen of Jeans featured on compilation to support The Yellowhammer Fund

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The Bummer Presents… benefit series has produced musical compilations that support a number of organizations working to fight injustice. In the wake of Alabama legislators voting to effectively ban abortion in the state, the latest compilation in the series will benefit Alabama charity The Yellowhammer Fund. The 19-track compilation features contributions from Philly bands Coping Skills, Big Nothing, and Queen of Jeans, who each lent an original song to the cause. Continue reading →

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Open Sound returns to Lansdowne with The Afterglows, Strawberry Runners, Big Nothing and more

Strawberry Runners perform at Open Sound Lansdowne

Open Sound Lansdowne is back, and bigger than ever. The summer concert series began last year in the up-and-coming suburb just west of the city. This year, the series has expanded to six weeks — every other Thursday from late June to early September — and each show will feature a lineup of three local bands, many of which are familiar faces in the Philly scene.

The triple bill of The Afterglows, Ther, and F Woods will kick off the series next Thursday, June 27. A few acts, like The Diaphone and Strawberry Runners, played Open Sound last year, but the rest are venturing out to Lansdowne for the first time. Noise rock band Tact, singer-songwriter Anika Pyle, and indie rockers Big Nothing are just a few of the performers you won’t want to miss. Continue reading →

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Big Nothing’s power pop is on full display for Audiotree Live session

Big Nothing | still from video

It makes sense that Big Nothing would open their Audiotree Live session with the same song that opens their album. “Waste My Time” is an energetic indie-rock jam that displays the Philly quartet’s uniquely melodic approach to the genre. The punchy song serves as the perfect intro to the band’s sound, both on the record and in a live setting. Over eight tracks, all taken from last month’s Chris, the band treat Audiotree Live listeners and viewers to a rousing demonstration of their talent and vision.

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Big Nothing dig up inspiration in new video for “Waste my Time”

Big Nothing | still from video

Before the release of their debut album Chris on Friday, May 10th, Big Nothing have shared the video for “Waste My Time”. The goofy video shows the Philly indie-rockers digging a hole in the middle of woods and uncovering inspirational books and posters. Intermixed with shots of the band hard at work are shots of them playing the song, also in the middle of the woods. The video ends with the group admiring their unearthed treasure, a poster of a cat dangling from a tree branch with “hang in there” written across it. Being their first music video, “Waste My Time” introduces the group as a melodic power-pop quartet with a great sense of humor. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Big Nothing

Is three songwriters too many? Not when you’re talking about Philadelphia’s Big Nothing. The DIY rock four-piece finds singer-guitarists Pat Graham and Matt Quinn, and singer-bassist Liz Parsons, all sharing equal time at the microphone, and the vibe you’ll get from song to song shifts depending on who’s taking lead. Quinn’s jams sit best alongside the gravelly anthems of The Menzingers and Gaslight Anthem, while Parsons leans decidedly more indiepop (think that dog.) and Graham is all about spirited power pop with Replacements-style feeling.

What unifies Big Nothing, beyond their name and their collective great taste, is remarkably tight playing — snappy fuzz pedal jams propelled by drummer Chris Jordan and kicked out with expeditious run times of three minutes or fewer — not to mention experience, which stretches from West Chester’s Spraynard (Graham) to Gainesville’s Young Livers (Jordan). Non-musical bonus round: in addition to their respective roots in Casual and Crybaby, Parsons and Quinn are part of the team behind the amazing West Philly vegan bakery Dottie’s Donuts. In short, these people know how to kick out the jams as well as they know their plant-based treats, and after convening in Philly in 2017 to release their debut EP, Big Nothing will release their debut LP Chris this Friday on Detroit label Salinas Records.  Continue reading →

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Liz Parsons’ vocals are smooth like “Honey” on Big Nothing’s newly released track

Big Nothing | photo by Jared Castaldi | courtesy of the artist

This week, Philly punk four-piece Big Nothing released a second song from their album Chris after releasing lead single “Real Name two weeks ago, and though the album won’t be released until May 10 via Salinas Records, “Honey” is keeping us satisfied in the meantime. Bassist Liz Parsons writes and sings the track, and her smooth yet powerful vocals combine punk and pop in an irresistibly ear-catching blend. The song takes a classic sound and adds spice, delivering a catchy chorus that’ll get stuck in your head. Continue reading →

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Big Nothing’s crunchy, catchy “Real Name” has us amped for their new album Chris

Big Nothing | photo by Jared Castaldi | courtesy of the artist

Philly four-piece Big Nothing caught our ears with their self-titled debut EP in 2017, and they’ve spent the last two years in between releases working on a full-length record. The band just announced that their new LP, Chris, will be released on May 10 via Salinas Records, and Big Nothing’s signature combination of melodic punk and power pop can be heard in the lead single “Real Name,” which is out now. Continue reading →

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Get Better Fest 5’s initial lineup includes Solarized, Control Top, Big Nothing; benefits Morris Home and Black & Pink

Get Better Fest 3 | photo by Jeff Hersch | courtesy of Get Better Records
Get Better Fest 3 | photo by Jeff Hersch | courtesy of Get Better Records

Each spring for the past four years, Get Better Records has thrown an event that always leaves us looking forward to the next. The local independent label just announced Getter Better Fest 5, happening over three days in May at two locations — this year it’s the First Unitarian Church and LAVA Space. Not all of the bands have been announced yet, but with initial lineup we have so far, it’s already shaping up to be a stacked weekend of tunes. And Get Better Fest is as much about the community as it is the music — the festival always seeks to promote a diverse and inclusive lineup, all while raising money for local and national organizations. Continue reading →

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Stream Big Nothing’s wildly jam-worthy, self titled EP via Brooklyn Vegan

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

You were given a warm introduction to new local super-group Big Nothing last week when we premiered their power-chord heavy, helluva ride of a single, “Cincinnati.” Now you can become even more well-acquainted — become pals even — by listening to the band’s full self-titled EP. Though officially out on July 28th, the crew has shared an early streaming of the EP via Brooklyn Vegan. Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: Big Nothing explores the void on “Cincinnati”

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. Continue reading →