Big Awesome is more than just a fantastic band name, they’re one of our favorite SC bands that we’ve yet to see live. They play Conundrum Saturday June, 7 with vintage indie rockers Rejectioneers, and Florence punkers Bad Talk. The “power-emo” pond of music has dried up for the most part in South Carolina, with only a handful of bands that fall under that genre scattered across the state. Since signing on with the like minded music crew at Beartrap/Tiny Engines, Big Awesome has found their niche in surrounding stages like Georgia and North Carolina.
While we’ve been fans of Big Awesome for some time now, we’ve yet to write about them. So here’s our 7 Q’s introduction to the band.
1) Describe your music for those who aren’t familiar. We recently made up a genre for us. “Power emo”. Its a mixture of twinke-daddies, rock and roll and punk.
2) Who are some of your biggest musical influences?
Braid, Algernon Cadwallader, Samiam, Rush, Bruce Springsteen… a lot of stuff really.
3) What are some of your favorite parts about the music scene that you come out of? What are some things that you wish you could change about the music scene?
Well the area in which we come from is mainly hardcore and “junk punk” I like to call it. So its cool to be the only kind of band doing what we’re doing, but at the same time it kinda sucks. We have a lot of friends though that are really supportive. That’s the best.
4) How did your band get started?
We started in late summer of 2010, and since then we have had numerous member changes. We started touring in 2012, and that was when we started getting more “known” in the emo/punk scene I think. We started working with Beartrappr/Tiny Engines then, and that was a huge help for us. Its how we got onto The Fest 11 last year. We’ll be playing it again this year, so we’re pretty stoked about that too.
I try not to look too far into the future. More of just working hard now and not get my head too far in the clouds. But I personally want to do a full U.S. tour by next year. Maybe Europe too?
6) If you could change one thing about the music industry what would it be?
Eh, not too many things. Maybe just wish that people bought more records from bands and bought their music instead of getting it for free somewhere. Its cool if the band is offering their music for free though. We do that, and so should a lot of bands.
7) Who are some of your favorite South Carolina or Regional bands to play with? What band do you think your fans should check out?
Our good friends in Coastlines (Savannah) are cool dudes. But we have awesome friends all over. Check out Springtime, State Lines, Coming Clean, Raintree, Koji and Henrietta just to name a few.
a 78 Ford Clubwagon.