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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 The Glands. 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.
The band formed in 2017. After a year of gigging in the Denver area, they recorded their debut album, Crimes Against Gratitude, for a year with producer Paul Simmons (of Denver band Turvy Organ). It arrived on August 23, 2019. That same year, Simmons joined the band as a fourth member, playing guitar, violin, and keys.
The album features a slew of Denver musicians, and its shaggy camaraderie comes across distinctly in “Song of the Summer,” the album’s closer. Lela Roy—Schmid’s bandmate in Oxeye Daisy—contributed vocals and birdcalls; Ilya Litoshik of Turvy Organ chipped in acoustic guitar; and Josh Fuson, of Montropo, played congas.

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