Big Mosey is a Brooklyn based band that carries the embodiment of the raspy, alternative-rock music they create in their very essence. While the band is still up-and-coming, their music and presence is that of seasoned veterans; in that, they have the skills and talents required to perform a good show, lay down an awesome track and they are still able to be one with the music.
Big Mosey is made up of four men: Evan Hammer on bass, Matt Jacobs with lead vocals and rifting guitar skills, Nick Fokas on guitar and a new drummer called Tim Lykins. They have a sound that is reminiscent of and influenced by artists like Tom Waits, Kings of Leon and Pearl Jam.
I recently attended a Big Mosey concert at Arlene’s Grocery with a few friends for my birthday. I love going to see bands and my friends and I had met one of the guys (Evan Hammer) in the band through a mutual friend. When we met him, at a poetry reading, he had graced the stage for a few minutes to perform a song. Let’s just say we were all extremely impressed. His deep husky voice was amazing and he had the charisma and stage presence that makes for an enjoyable listening experience for the audience.
And then he told us that he was just the bassist for Big Mosey; not even the singer. We all knew we definitely had to see his real band in concert. It was a few months before we got a chance to see Big Mosey perform live but it was not a disappointment. Not only was the band energetic, infectious and mystical, they were as lost in the music as the audience was.
While the band does not have a lot of music out right now, they are working on new tracks and the songs that they do have are captivating. It is obvious that Evan and Matt have a magical chemistry that when combined and poured out, carries the listener on a journey to lands afar, emotions close, and hidden alleyways. As the music takes over your mind, the energy takes over your body and you will find yourself unable to stop the sway of your body and inevitable foot-tapping to the mesmerizing crescendos.
My favorite Big Mosey song is most probably ‘Harold Called This Morning‘ and I think that it is a big fan favorite if I read the crowds reaction correctly at the show when they performed the song. The lyrics were written by Evan Hammer and the song is a brilliant play/reaction/re-conception on the Maurice Sendak book ‘Where the Wild Things Are’. Part of the lyrics from the song read:
Big Mosey is currently trying to build up their Facebook fanpage presence, so you should check out their music and if you enjoy their deep, husky sound you should add them. I’m pretty sure you will love them!
Photo credit: Big Mosey Facebook Page (In Sjoa at Punch — with Evan Hammer and Matt Jacob).