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Big Remote / Press

“Big Remote’s album Jenkins. provides a Neil Young-like mix of barroom country-rock and fuzzed-out guitars. It’s Americana with touches of out-there guitar, sort of reminiscent of Wilco. The group, which includes Eric Foreman on bass, Stephen Larkins on guitar, Don Morrison on drums, and Jon Cornell on keyboards, has a knack for catchy tunes. All the band members sing. The group writes strong melodies. There are strains of ’80s REM; poppy, radio-friendly ’90s alt-rock, like Everclear or The Refreshments or something; and a bit of ’70s California singer-songwriter stuff, like Warren Zevon; and even a hint of the edgier side of Britpop, like the Wedding Present. At its heart, this music is American, and the strongest tracks are the most country ones, like “Hanging by a Thread.” The album doesn’t offer much in the way of surprises, but it’s all enjoyable, accessible and well crafted—and poppy and familiar enough to worm pleasantly into the ear.”

““Indie” is a generic descriptor that contains manifold sounds and poses. Instead, what Big Remote plays are simple pop figures accompanied by guitar lines that drive down the center of you, like the Pixies but perhaps less incoherent and frothing. At the same time, Big Remote travels into Band and Neil Young territory, where there is mud and blood and harmonies in the water of the promised land. They do all this while remaining wholly fixated on the pop light from behind the trees.”

“You might not necessarily know the local band Big Remote, but I bet you know one if not all the guys within the band for other reasons.”