Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

The Big Bend Flashes Its Range on ?Celebrate'

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

The Big Bend Flashes Its Range on ?Celebrate'

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The Big Bend made some big changes two years ago on its fourth album, "Unconventional Dog," setting aside its folk-rock leanings and cranking the volume on a grittier blues-rock sound.

There's no retreat on the follow-up, "Celebrate," as the band led by singer-guitarist Chet Vincent comes out of the box with a wall of rock 'n' roll clatter on the opening track "The Spins" and then forges on with New York Dolls-like thrash on "Chain Smoking."

"I admire how '60s and '70s bands could pack so much into a three-minute song making it feel longer than it really is," the frontman notes in the bio. "I tend to overwrite lyrics, so focusing on arrangements and economy of words has been a fun challenge for me."

The singer with the reedy voice is certainly a presence throughout, leading the Big Bend ? guitarist Daniel Dickison, keyboardist Andy Voltz, bassist Madison Stubblefield and drummer Abe Anderson ? …

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