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Featuring catchy tunes, layered instrumentation, and a slight obsession with melody, The Big Lonesome is a Boston based Indie Rock band currently working on their debut album. Having begun as a solo roots-rock project by singer-songwriter Chad Gosselin, the past two years has witnessed the creation of a dynamic, ‘stick in your head’ group sound. With an emphasis on Indie Rock, a hint of Americana, and a sensibility for Pop the group consistently tours the Northeast, and is featured prominently in the press as they go. Richard Bouchard of Boston Band Crush describes The Big Lonesome as a “different sound which…brings a kind of rootsy pop along the lines of The Rationales”. Drawing influence from bands like Wilco, Delta Spirit, and Guided by Voices they settle somewhere between the lines of Indie-Pop and Root’s Rock music.
With the completion of their debut EP ‘Undone’ this past February, The Big Lonesome is poised to release their new music this May with a string of shows throughout the Northeast. Starting with their CD release party on May 2nd, the Big Lonesome will be joining The Grownup Noise, Lannen, and Silhouette Rising at the legendary Boston rock club T.T. The Bear’s Place. From here the band will be focused on touring the Northeast highlighted by stops at the Press Room (Portsmouth, NH 7/16), Moog’s Place, (Morrisville VT 8/8), and a series of shows in Philadelphia/NYC. Towards the end of the summer, the band will be touring the Northwest as a duo, with show dates to be announced.
The four members of the Big Lonesome [Chad Gosselin-Guitar/Lead Vocal; Luke Gosselin-Guitar/Vocals; Joe Ziemba-Bass/Vocals; Michael Moore – Drums] came together by way of a close musical and personal bond. The singer Chad Gosselin began with the addition of longtime friend and bassist Joe Ziemba. Soon after he recruited his younger brother Luke Gosselin. In 2013 drummer Michael Moore, a mutual friend in the Boston music community, became the fourth member.
The music is written together with singer Chad Gosselin providing most of the base material. From here each member adds a unique stamp to the band’s sound. At times striving for modernity, at others blending Americana and Garage Rock, there is a surrealist quality that hovers over the music they write. Their songs attempt to lair honesty and simplicity on the one hand with exploration and stretching traditions on the other. Chad’s voice has proven to be the perfect vehicle for this. At times gruff, at others quiet and paper thin, Chad manages to blend a sense of rawness with excitement. His voice is adorned by the unique musicality and improvisational antics of his brother Luke, and the catchy, melodic bass playing of Joe Ziemba. Drummer Michael Moore brings a knack for creating the perfect parts, a vibrant stage presence, and a seamless groove that seems to deepen the scope of the music.