Brought to us by Elise O. of the music blog, Pixelhorse (who also curated January's episode with A Classic Education), LA BIG VIC is violinist and music blogger, Emilie Friedlander, analog synth guru, Peter Pearson and Japanese synthesist and guitar player, Toshio Masuda. To our ears, their massive soundscapes recall late 90s bands like Eltro, PanSonic and Bowry Electric ... and, perhaps distantly, the original experimental Krautrock of the 1970s.
LA BIG VIC came to Philadelphia from Brooklyn, NY. The night before the session, we saw them play at Danger! Danger! Gallery in West Philly to a tiny captivated audience. As a band they travel relatively light, which made packing up and getting over to Miner Street a refreshingly simple ordeal.
"The band energy is really funny," says Producer and series creator, Brian McTear. "On one hand you have some pretty serious folks, Peter and Emilie, who carry an almost academic disposition toward abstract art-rock. And on the other hand, there's TOSHIO, who claims to have previously been in a Japanese boy-band and who is constantly grabbing from left field."
"We take what we do very seriously but there's also a big element of fun in the group," says Peter. "[Even so], I usually hide behind the keyboards." What results is a unique sound and live experience nothing short of hypnotizing.
"Musica" will appear on LA BIG VIC's album, Actually, soon to be released by Underwater Peoples Records, a Ridgewood NJ based indie started by friends of the band and Friedlander's former Newton radio co-host, Ari Stern. The album will certainly have other extended length songs (this one clocks in over 11 minutes!), a much needed reminder of just how short our attention spans have become. Sometimes the best medicine is a band like this who's sense of fun is deliberately paced below the common comfort level. Put in the time, and that's what you'll enjoy most about LA BIG VIC.
As an experiment we decided to use our video equipment to aid in the recording process. By placing a mic on our dolly, we could create a natural phasing effect. Turns out we had to learn the hard way that pedals exist for a reason.
Director of Photography
Greg P Heller
Michael James Murray