As seasonal pick-me-ups go, few sounds are guaranteed to keep Old Man Winter at bay better than the bright charge of Lexington’s own Big Fresh. Shoot, slip on any sound from the band’s new album, B.F.F. (Big Fresh Forever) – be it the ‘80s synth bop of WTO, the electronica soul of International Dateline (which sounds like Isaac Hayes with a looped groove) or the neo-New Wave raver Entertainment – and you can sense the spring thaw is at hand.
“We’re all big music nerds,” said Big Fresh guitarist/vocalist John Ferguson, who spent much of the past year on the road as a member of The Apples in Stereo. “We listen to anything and everything. We just love music, all genres of it, so much that the music we make comes out as a hodgepodge. There’s a lot of pop in there. A lot of soundtrack, Ennio Morricone-type stuff is in there. We all like jazz as well. We love all the ‘70s R&B stuff.”
B.F.F. also serves as the debut release on the Lexington-based Garden Gate Records, a label spearheaded by Marcie Schneider. She’s the wife of Ferguson’s Apples in Stereo mate, Robert Schneider, who helped with the mastering of B.F.F.
“We’re open and willing for anyone to listen to it,” Ferguson said, indicating copies of B.F.F. will be sent to national indie labels to see if any interest exists in larger scale distribution. “But we’re also super excited anyone would want to listen to it.”
The album will enter the world full force on Thursday with a Big Fresh performance at The Icehouse, 412 Cross St. Robert Schneider will open with a solo set. Zavala kicks off the evening. (8 p.m., $5). Call (859) 536-5568.
We’ll explore the world of Big Fresh in more detail in the Feb. 2 edition of Weekender, just in time for the band’s performance that night at WUKY-FM’s annual wine-and-music soiree Heard it Through the Grapevine at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Stay tuned.