Q&A Scene: Alex Craig – Big Merino

Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?

The album has just been released, it’s called ‘Suburban Wildlife’ and the first single is ‘How Can You Be So Sure’, we’re not touring yet, doing a few gigs in Sydney with some interstate dates later in the the year.

What’s your favourite work at this point in time? 

“Black cockatoos” from the album is our standout track, we threw a lot at it in terms of instrumentation and we’re really proud of how the intensity builds throughout the track, it also has a very personal theme about depression and recovery.

Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.

Well it’s early days but so far we have burnt our way through one drummer already, we still keep finding bits of him……

How would you describe your sound in food form and why? 

It’s a big old gumbo , lot’s of diverse ingredients that somehow give a tasty result.

What, or who, inspires you?

Anyone who’s working for the environment or to help people , teachers , nurses ,  all the foot soldiers getting jobs done and making the world a better place.

Which song do you wish you wrote?

‘God Only Knows’ by The Beach Boys

What’s next for you?

We’ve got a few gigs coming up and we’re writing like crazy , should have a new album ready for next year

What’s your scene?

Personally , it’s changing diapers and helping my son with his homework , sleep is not in that scene

 

 

 

 

 

 

Debut album ‘Suburban Wildlife’ out now!

Big Merino is a genre-blending, vocal harmony-driven band featuring Stuart Davis (lead vocals/guitar), Alex Craig (lead guitar), Peter Richardson (bass) and Colin Sevitt (drums).

Their songs blur the lines between rock, country, blues, soul and funk – occasionally making forays into lesser known styles such as New Orleans 2nd Line and Rumba.

Lead singer Stuart Davis cut his teeth singing Trad Black Gospel with Tony Backhouse in The Heavenly Light Quartet, and brings that soulful feel to everything he does.

Citing some of their influences as Glen Hansard, Jackson Browne and The Rolling Stones, co-songwriters Craig and Davis write socially and politically-charged songs, often in a specifically Australian context, that are sometimes gentle and nostalgic and at other times nothing less than a fierce cry for revolution.

Big Merino’s debut album, Suburban Wildlife, is like a patchwork quilt painstakingly handcrafted to reflect a lifetime’s worth of the band’s much-loved musical influences.

Recorded and engineered by Russel Pilling over three weeks at Damian Gerard Studios, the album also features guest performances from several of Australia’s musical giants including James Greening on trombone, souzaphone, trumpet, flugelhorn and pocket cornet; Jess Ciampa on percussion; Jonathan Zwartz on double bass; John Gauci (Johnny G and the E-Types) on piano, organ and accordion; Michel Rose on the pedal steel; vocalists Alice Papademetriou and Lisa Spence; and a string quartet from the Sydney Chamber Orchestra.

REVIEWS 

‘Sometimes’ is one of the most powerful rock songs I’ve heard in many years.

‘Black Cockatoos’ is destined to become an Australian classic.

Peter Winkler – TheMusic

“The album sounds so FULL it has more than three dimensions. It’s the aural equivalent of having your cataracts removed to find you have 20/20 vision and you are looking over the Megalong Valley.”

Louise Howells.

“Great songs, great songwriting and best of all – full of a real sincerity and commitment”

Michael Smith – Rhythms

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