Big History is a scientific term referring to the entire history of time, from the Big Bang to the present, and is flush with cosmic undertones.
In naming their band, the members of Big History admit they were unaware of the term, yet the name is a fitting one. Though they’ve been together for a only year and a half, this soul/pop/electro band seems to implore the cosmic undertones of their namesake. Their fluid sound, which is something of a cross between Beach House and The XX, evolved naturally, as does everything else associated with them.
Like the cover of their new EP, All At Once, their music is multifaceted, ranging from slow melodies perfect for a mellow evening to upbeat tunes that are a dance party waiting to happen. Though each member of the band was previously engaged in other music projects, when Matt Glynn (keys, vocals), a graphic designer and Blandon Helgason (guitar) started a new project, the other band members, Amanda Wuerstlin (keys, violin, vocals), Meg Roussel (lead vocals), Bret Bohnet (drum), and Cory Schultz (bass, mopho) fell into place organically.
The music’s tech-driven sound was new for the band members, but their ability to streamline their individual musical talents to create something new has been an evolving project for each of them. Indeed, their innovative technical abilities complement their extensive music backgrounds. The band has focused on the vibe of the music and the creation of an atmosphere, which is sure to be a big part of their All At Once EP release concert on Saturday, November 19, where they will follow Prom Date and Sun Hotel at One Eyed Jacks at 10 p.m.
Big History has a relationship with their two openers. They have played previous gigs with Sun Hotel, whose calm yet powerful music complements Big History’s style. Prom Date is a Baton Rouge-based band that Wuerstlin has described as a more pop/dancy, male version of Big History. Their release party is set to be a festive one, with their music setting the tone for a shimmering show.
Brianna Smyk has an M.A in Art History from San Diego State University. She lives and works in New Orleans and writes about arts and culture for NolaVie. Read more of Brianna’s articles at www.beingbreezie.tumblr.com.