With The Song (formerly Music Monday—what...? It's bird-themed!), we've always had in-mind that we'd very much be forward-looking, attempting to keep pace with the sometimes-hectic pace of the musical creative culture of the day. So, rather than post an old Retsin song and dwell on the past—which, we admit, is fun—we're instead writing today about a band the reminds us about all the good things from this early age of indie pop and twee.
England's Big Deal spin simple, intimate stories with their songs that harken back—for me—to Ida's debut, when it was just Dan Littleton, Elizabeth Mitchell, a couple guitars, and a whole lotta earnest emotion. It's bright and fuzzy and beautiful and touches on all the sweet little elements that lit the indie fire in our hearts in the first place, back when we'd read lyrics on the bedroom floor and whiled the days away learning new guitar chords and making falafel from a box mix.
The duo—comprised of Londoner, Alice Costelloe and native Californian, Kacey Underwood—released their debut on Mute in Europe late last year and it's due to hit state-side tomorrow. In the meantime, check out, "Chair," a catchy bedroom pop gem, and their summertime dream of a video for Distant Neighbor. The band will also be hitting up this year's SXSW festival, as will The Chain Gang of 1974 + The Big Pink, who we profiled over the past few weeks, as will every other band we profile with The Song until we jet on down to Austin to see in person all one million of the bands playing SXSW this year. Here's hoping they have vegan BBQ!
And for anyone who doesn't like the band name, Big Deal, they evidently were first going to be called Hard Cheese. So there's that. Also, yes, I kind of have that dude's haircut.