Big Gigantic Brings New Tour Experience to Kalamazoo

By  Shelby Pendowski
Big Gigantic
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Big Gigantic
Kalamazoo State Theater, Kalamazoo
Oct. 19, 9 p.m.
$22.50 per-order, $25 day of
kazoostate.com, (269) 345-6500

The excitement of a new album for fans also shakes with a dose of nerves. With the music industry continually changing and many musicians conforming, the worst fear for fans is the album will drop with a sound of unrecognizable content. The raving-revamped-saxophoning Big Gigantic (a duo comprised of Jeremy Salken and Dominic Lalli) originally set to release a new album this fall, but pushed the release back to stay true to their sound and to their purpose.

“It’s still getting the Big Gigantic sound … that’s been developed, but it is another evolution of that,” Salken said. “Dom keeps getting better and better at producing so the tones get better and the bass fuller and in general the sound is higher quality.”

That sound features saxophone melodies over the steady drum beats. As Lalli writes the music, he focuses specifically on the duo’s experiences. But it is the drive to create a one-of-a-kind experience for fans that keeps the sound true, Salken said.

The band plans to take the stage up until the new album’s release. The over-the-top fans will recognize the popular hits, “High Life,” “Sky High” and “Nocturnal,” but new, unfamiliar singles weave their way into the set list.

“We are dropping a bunch of new stuff this fall,” Salken said. “Come January, the album [will be] done and frickin’ awesome and ready to rage.”

While performing, Big Gigantic thrives off the snowball effect its music has on the audience.

“When we are on stage, you know, people see us having a good time so they have a good time,” Salken said. “It is like a snowball effect, it just keeps going back and forth until everyone is just raging and having fun.”

Although the band’s trademark performance stays intact, the stage transforms with a new lighting kit for the tour. The kit amplifies the mood of a Big Gigantic show, in addition to the festive confetti and intense bass levels, Salken said.

Returning to Michigan on Oct. 19, the kit premieres for the first time in the mitten. The band can’t wait for feedback not only on the lighting and experience but also the developing music, Salken said.

“We just want to get it right and get as many tracks as we can.”

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