Fans of Big Sir have always been one of a kind. The people who write or come up to me usually say they love Big Sir. They may have our shirts or they have copies of all our records or they know all of our songs. I always wondered what that meant but after taking a huge break from Big Sir, I think I have narrowed it down.
Lisa and I have been doing Big Sir for a long time. I started the idea of Big Sir back in the mid 90’s. My fretless playing needed a situation for it to be shown, and most if not all my bands at the time didn’t need fretless bass. I knew, in my heart, that I could find an audience for my newly discovered love, and if I could only find that one person who felt a connection to my sound, I would be sorted.
When Lisa Papineau and I met, I started playing her early ideas and she told me she wanted to sing on it. We never thought we would make tons of money or even acquire a lot of fans. It was an idea that was grown from the both of us just wanting to be heard in the most true artistic way we could be. We, to this day, laugh about how many times we have shot ourselves in the foot with musical styles or song/album tittles but we take those risks because we both agreed Big Sir needed that element.
So now that we are starting a new record, we are confronted with what kind of record we should make. On our first record, we made music by any means available. We had many obstacles but we really understood that what we felt made us special was her voice with my fretless. It is our connection. If you listen to that record, you can hear that the driving force are those two instruments.
Throughout the rest of Big Sir’s life, we have mades songs that we felt were a good representation of our artistic aspirations. Some songs had no bass, some songs had wobbly rhythm tracks, some tracks were taken from cassettes. Whatever the decision was to put it on our record, came from us thinking it stood for our band.
I also believe any musician who has performed on a Big Sir record, loves our band. They ask for no money and contribute all they have for the betterment of our records. I always understood this to be the greatest gesture of appreciation for what we do. I have done the same in a lot of my appearances on others records. I do it because I love their music and their artistic viewpoint.
This post is a way for me to tell anyone who loves Big Sir… I am not sure what this record will end up sounding like but at this point, it is all over the place because Lisa and I have grown so much since making any of our records. We both have had life experiences that have shaped what we want people to hear, and no matter what, making a dime off of it never enters the picture. We make these records for ourselves and ultimately, for those of you who have chosen Big Sir to be a band you look forward to. I think people who have a connection to us recognize that we are really doing this band because it is like our art project. We are doing Big Sir because it makes everything else we do, better. We get to ring out ideas that may not work in any other situation but for some reason, it can have a life in Big Sir. I think people can relate to the purity of what we do. We are just two fools trying to make music that makes us laugh, dance, sad or emotional and if you were in the studio when we are making it, you would witness the no holds barred approach we take. Nothing matters except that when we look at each other, we better be smiling.
Here is a track that was only available on the Japanese release. It features David Wm Sims, a fan of Big Sir, on bass as well. To have one of your bass heroes perform on your record is just humbling to me.
I hope it gets finished this year but once again, we both are paying for it so it may take time. For those who love Big Sir, it is coming.