Big Dopes

Big Dopes


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"Captivating indie-pop earworm vignettes of American malaise and hope ." - Tom Murphy, QUEEN CITY SOUNDS AND ART Big Dopes evokes the loose, lighthearted feel of 90s alternative and indie, like Built to Spill and Guided by Voices. Lead songwriter Eddie Schmid (also of Denver dream-pop band Oxeye Daisy) uses a playful, conversational baritone to sing through neuroses about long-distance relationships, being a houseguest, and wasting money on busted headphones. Veteran drummer Ricky Brewer lends a steady groove and harmonies, and Justin Catanzaro’s bass often takes the lead, playing energetic, melodic lines. Paul Simmons, who joined in 2019, plays tasteful guitar, violin, and keys. The band formed in 2017. Their debut album, Crimes Against Gratitude, was named one of the best Colorado albums of 2019 by Colorado Public Radio and Birdy Magazine. The band plans to release new music in 2021.