Hey guys! We have been working hard on this new song for a while now, and today we finally get to share it with you.
Shot on location throughout Contra Costa County, California, Director Adrian Elliot and Director of Photography Ian Levine use beautiful imagery to capture both the monotony of band/tour life and the relief that comes from the fantasy of open space.
“Raise the Flag” is a song about frustration and yearning, and ultimately surrender. We took a step away from our usual “organic,” live way of recording, and spent several months with producer/engineer/friend William Sammons honing in on new sounds and textures. It was a super fun process with no deadlines or creative constraints, and we enjoyed it big time.
“This Christmas feels a bit like a coming-of-age to me” says songwriter Kaila McIntyre-Bader. ”It used to be as simple as hoping I’d end up somewhere near the mistletoe with my crush and opening presents with my family, but now there’s a nostalgia and complexity involved as grandparents pass on, families shift, and friends move. This EP is intended to capture the bittersweetness of the wintertime, with all its bleakness and magic combined.”
Mostly recorded in the band members’ living rooms, December plays with the imagery of all that embodies this season, singing catchy, melodic tunes over stripped down instrumental arrangements, and meant to be paired with plenty of eggnog and fireplace gatherings. Available for purchase on Bandcamp.
We are proud to announce that our new EP My, How You’ve Grown is now available for your listening pleasure! You can order physical copies of the CD or vinyl from the “Store” section of our website, or order the album from Bandcamp. Also available on iTunes and Amazon.
Historically, Big Tree songs have been mostly about love and transition, but this new release is about something else. The My, How You’ve Grown EP is about risk and commitment. Lyrics like “Put your hand in my hand/Live this future unplanned” and “We buried all our fears/Too deep to reappear” really embody this period in our lives where every decision seems so important but there’s no knowing where it will lead us. Sonically, we have developed some new sounds for this release. We’re getting back in touch with our folky roots, discovering new dancy territory, and laying into some deep grooves.
We are excited to announce the pre-order for our newest EP “My, How You’ve Grown” through Kickstarter. The EP was recorded in June and will be released in mid-September. We are reaching out to you, our beloved fans and friends, to help us raise a portion of the proceeds for physical production of the EP on CD and 180 gram vinyl formats as well as other expenses associated with putting out an album. Check out the video above to hear some of the new songs, then visit the kickstarter page to get all the info! Thanks!!!
Big Tree stopped by Breakthru Radio in New York during our Spring(time) Tour, and had a blast recording some tunes and shooting some live video of the session. Check out the video above, and if you feel like hearing some candid thoughts on our move from the East Coast, our veggie van, and what our lyrics mean, check out the full interview HERE!
Big Tree is pleased to announce our first East Coast tour since moving from Brooklyn to the Bay Area over a year and a half ago! ”Spring(Time) Tour” dates include shows in Brooklyn, Boston, Philly, and several Northeast colleges. We’ll be touring to promote our Little EP, with limited edition silk screen posters (image above) by the amazing Denver based artist Emily Dwan.
Tour Dates 4.13.13 Brooklyn, NY @ Union Hall*
4.15.13 Waterville, ME @ Colby College
4.16.13 West Haven, CT @ University of New Haven
4.17.13 New Castle, DE @ Wilmington University
4.17.13 Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie*
4.18.13 Bronxville, NY @ Sarah Lawrence College
4.19.13 Boston, MA @ Hard Rock Cafe
4.20.13 Worcester, MA @ Clark University (open to the public)
4.25.13 Oakland, CA @ The New Parish* 4.27.13 Isla Vista, CA @UCSB Earth Day Festival
*Click the link for pre-sale tickets
Big Tree’s THIRD Daytrotter Session is out today and ready for your listening pleasure! We had a wonderful time recording these new live tracks with Rob at Studio Paradiso in San Francisco. What a great feeling to do it on our home turf! Click the awesome illustration above to check out “Runaways,” “Like a Fool,” “My How You’ve Grown,” and “San Francisco.”
In July, Big Tree headed to Oakland’s New, Improved Recording to record three new songs the old fashioned way: live performances, one ten-hour day of tracking, and a reel of two-inch tape. With the help of masterful engineer/producer Eli Crews (tUnE-yArDs, Nels Cline, Deerhoof, Geographer), Little EP reflects the sound of the band in its purist form; three songs warm and rich, bubbling with unbridled energy, and capturing the intimacy and raw emotion of the group’s live show.
It was around this time last year, as the New England foliage began its transition from green to orange and Big Tree prepared to release its earthy sophomore LP This New Year, that the band packed up their possessions and left Brooklyn for a one-way tour to the Bay Area. Drawn to the temperate nest of Northern California, vocalist Kaila McIntyre-Bader, bassist Luke Bace, and guitarist Dan Pirello along with new additions vocalist Anna Ghezzi and drummer Matt Schory, had no idea what to expect from their new lives thousands of miles away, only that the permanent transition to the West Coast was a necessary step towards the next evolution of Big Tree.
The resulting Little EP is a musical distillation of how California re-inspired and re-directed the band’s sound. The track “Time”, according to songwriter McIntyre-Bader, “encompasses the band’s altered perception of time on the road, the nostalgia of building a new home in a new place, and the nervous excitement of not being able to predict what’s next, but knowing it will be okay.”
In addition to the new studio tracks, the digital download of Little EP includes live recordings from Big Tree at San Francisco’s Rickshaw Stop (recorded just 3 days before going into the studio), artwork for each song, and ornately designed sheet music.