Bows – “Everywhere”

Berkeley's Bows is the brainchild of Big Tree members Kaila McIntyre-Bader and Luke Bace. Bows started when Kaila broke both her elbows (hence the name) and started experimenting with sounds on the computer. Bace reproduced the sounds on his synths, and Bows was born. On "Everywhere", the duo teamed up with Brass Magic, who added a nice organic touch to the expansive electronic soundscape. Bows is currently recording their debut album, which they describe as a "full-length concept album about post-apocalyptic space travel, lost love, conspiracy, and adventure", and will be released in mid-2015.

By |January 30, 2015|Tags: , , |

Big Tree – “Raise the Flag”

Big Tree have unleashed "Raise the Flag," which premiered recently via Culture Collide. The song is multi-layered and complex, exposing the band's roots in indie pop and psychedelia, with fuzz incorporated throughout and a somewhat somber resolution. The video accompaniment to "Raise the Flag" was shot in Contra Costa County, complete with windmills, endless fields, and a warm sunset. Big Tree will be at Leo's Music Club in Oakland on September 20th. Big Tree, Be Calm Honcho, Astronauts etc. Leo's Music Club September 20th, 2014 9:00pm, $9/advance, $12/door

By |September 12, 2014|Tags: |

Big Tree & Guy Fox have a remix contest

Guy Fox and Big Tree have a show together Friday night, and they also have tracks named "San Francisco". To celebrate this unique set of circumstances, the bands are asking for folks to remix/mashup/go crazy with their tracks. Here are the instructions from Big Tree: STEP 1- Get the stems from the Big Tree and Guy Fox songs "San Francisco" here: STEP 2- Remix STEP 3- Email remix to STEP 4- Get free tix to our show on 3/21 at Bottom of the Hill! Everyone who enters will receive free tickets to the show, and their favorites will [...]

By |March 17, 2014|Tags: , |

Video Premiere & Giveaway: Big Tree – "Like a Fool"

Berkeley quintet Big Tree has continuously released great folk-influenced pop music since they moved to the Bay in 2012, and today we're happy to share with you their new video for the track "Like a Fool." In a move that almost seems like an homage to the past, Big Tree is actually shown performing the song in the video. Through the video's simple premise, the tight shots of the band are a way to kind of get to know the members of Big Tree a little better. The group had a busy 2013, highlighted by the release of their My, [...]

Big Tree – "Wonder"

Local folk-rock quintet Big Tree drew from the band's move from Brooklyn to the Bay on its new EP, My, How You've Grown, due on September 17th. Take a listen to "Wonder," from the new Tiny Telephone-recorded collection of songs, below. The group's EP release party is this Saturday, September 14th, at Bottom of the Hill with Waterstrider and Ghost Tiger. Big Tree, Waterstrider, Ghost Tiger Bottom of the Hill September 14, 2013 8:30pm, $12, All Ages

By |September 12, 2013|Tags: |

Bottom of the Hill hosting Sandy benefit tonight, 1/17/13, featuring Big Tree, Strange Vine, and more

It may be a new year, but the folks on the East Coast impacted by the recent mega-storm incongruously dubbed "Sandy" (as if it was some spunky neighborhood gal) are still trying to put the pieces back together. If you're looking for a way to help, you can come rock out at Bottom of the Hill tonight. The night features three Bay Area bands (indie-pop quartet and recent NYC-to-SF transplant Big Tree, Oakland-based genre-benders Bonnie & The BANG BANG, and dreamy SF folk group Owl Paws), as well as one of San Joaquin Valley's finest (Fresno blues rock outfit Strange [...]

Big Tree's 'Little EP' available now, holding release party on 11/15/2012 at Cafe du Nord

Little EP by Big Tree By now some of you may know the story of Berkeley quintet Big Tree: falling under that common, often unexplainable, West Coast magnetic spell, one day suddenly leaving their Brooklyn roots behind and venturing to the Pacific to start anew. They had just completed their second LP at the time, This New Year, and we've enjoyed watching them get acclimated to the Bay, whether it's been on stage at Noise Pop or creating Marin-inspired music videos. On November 6th, the band released their first batch of fresh music since becoming California residents, in the form [...]

By |November 13, 2012|Tags: |

Video: Big Tree – "Augury"

Back in February during The Budos Band's Noise Pop performance, we were pretty clear with the pleasure each of the opening bands brought us prior to the main act. This included Berkeley quintet Big Tree. Comprised of Kaila McIntyre-Bader, Anna Ghezzi, Dan Pirello, Luke Bace, and Matt Schory, Big Tree originated in Brooklyn in 2008 before packing up their van and heading west - succumbing, as they put it, to the pull of Northern California's redwoods. Big Tree released their second full-length, This New Year, in late 2011 and recently completed a video for the album's second track, "Augury." Directed [...]

By |August 9, 2012|Tags: |

Video: Big Tree – "Storm King"

I'm quickly approaching a saturation point with respect to chamber folk, drawn largely from a sense that too many bands are, consciously or not, falling into a paint-by-numbers approach that means a lot of unearned grandiosity. Not so, thankfully, with Big Tree's "Storm King," and the video for the song seizes on the track's fluidity, building something subtle and beautiful until the big sonic payoff. The Berkeley band's latest album, This New Year, is now available on multi-colored vinyl from Soul Step Records, and they'll be performing at Cafe Du Nord on May 16th. Listen to the entire album after [...]

By |April 30, 2012|Tags: |

Noise Pop 2012: The Budos Band, Allah-las, Pickwick, Big Tree @ The Independent 2/23/12

A beautiful southern California afternoon in 1974. The local bank’s glass front doors burst open, and out you gallop with two huge bags of cash. Sprinting three full blocks to the pastel Mustang convertible where your aviator-donning getaway driver waits, you hop over the passenger side door and speed away. The out-of-breath bank tellers can only watch as you and your buddy turn around to laugh, ripping 90 miles per hour through a red light before disappearing into the distance. The perfect soundtrack to this nostalgic scene? A Staten Island instrumental ten piece group called The Budos Band. The east [...]

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