The Big Picture is a pop/rock band from Bloomsburg, PA, consisting of Nick Cellucci, Dave Kim, Dan Rendine and Kevin Randolph and they recently released an album entitled The Big Whatever. Despite the recording quality the songs sound like something you might hear on mainstream radio. Some of the songs are palatable and revolve around an emotionally resonant, nostalgic aura almost like that of bands such as Goo Goo Dolls or even Dave Matthews Band’s more poppy material. The other half of the album feels like straight up rock such as the opener “Air.”
“Air” is a solid song and the arguable highlight of the album. The guitar riff is inventive and reminded me of The Strokes. However, that is where the comparisons end. The vocalist’s delivery feels soft and warm while the chorus pops with exuberance and excitement.
After “Air” the band launches into a cover called “Chocolate” by the band 1975. Big Whatever replaces the 1975 version which is more upbeat and danceable with a more nostalgic and heartfelt version. “Pieces of Life” continues with a similar vibe and feel similar to “Chocolate.” The song is solid expect for a very random moment when someone yells out “fuck it.” Next up is “Pins & Needles,” which also revolves around a sweet nostalgic sentiment. The vocalist sings “these days you’re all I think about” and “I just want to feel again.”
The band veers into garage rock territory with “Sic ‘em.” I thought the drumming was especially effective and technically demanding on this song. Overall, the song was up there with the first track “Air.” The band ends with a medley of cover songs entitled “Sweater Medley (The Neighbourhood/Vampire Weekend/Weezer/Spongbob Squarepants cover).” I have to say it was a bit of an odd way to end things but oddly enjoyable.
The Big Whatever is far from perfect and is not the most original thing you will hear this year but at the end of the day the songs are enjoyable. The band has some work ahead of them but they built a solid foundation with The Big Whatever.
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