Blue Giant

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Blue Giant
Blue Giant PDX Tour.jpg
Blue Giant - Portland Tour, 2008
Background information
Origin Portland, Oregon, USA
Genres Classic country
Psychedelic rock
Indie rock
Years active 2008-present
Labels Amore!Phonics
Jealous Butcher
Vanguard Records
Associated acts Viva Voce
The Decemberists
Circus Lupus
Swords
Sleater Kinney
Website Blue Giant Official Site
Members Kevin Robinson
Anita Robinson
Evan Railton
W.C.Beck
Jesse Bates
Past members Chris Funk
Seth Lorinczi
Dave Depper

Blue Giant is an American rock band from Portland, Oregon. An eclectic mix of classic country, indie rock, and psychedelic styles, Blue Giant have been called a Portland supergroup.[1] The band was originally composed of the songwriters and musicians from Viva Voce, Kevin Robinson and Anita Robinson, Chris Funk of The Decemberists, Evan Railton of Swords, and Seth Lorinczi of The Golden Bears, Circus Lupus & The Quails. Musically, Blue Giant could be characterized as rural-psych rock, with one music critic calling them a perfect country-rock band.[2]

History[edit]

After touring extensively in 2007 with The Shins[3] and Jimmy Eat World,[4] Kevin and Anita Robinson of Viva Voce took a brief hiatus. Tiring of the confines of a two-piece band, they began writing songs they considered for another band. Evan Railton of Swords was asked to play drums. Seth Lorinczi of The Golden Bears & Circus Lupus was invited to play bass. Last to join on pedal steel was Chris Funk of The Decemberists, who, upon hearing the bands early demos, demanded to join the band.[5] Infused with their own respective indie-rock, punk and DIY backgrounds, the Blue Giant songs reflect a greater part of the Robinson's Southern heritage.[6]

The band name is a reference to a blue giant star, a transitory phase in the life cycle of a star, and one of the brightest types of stars in the universe.[7]

Blue Giant played their first show in June 2008 headlining the Wonder Ballroom in Portland. The band gave each audience member a free download of their first recording.

Collaborations[edit]

Blue Giant has recorded and performed with Corin Tucker of Sleater Kinney.[8] Tucker's distinct voice is featured on a duet with Kevin Robinson on Blue Giant's debut EP.

Portland Tour[edit]

Delving further in their collaborative spirit, Blue Giant went on a mini-tour of Portland in October 2008, each night bolstered by special guests such as Corin Tucker of Sleater Kinney, Sam Coomes of Quasi, Corrina Repp and Rachel Blumberg of Norfolk & Western, and M. Ward. The tour culminated in a collaboration with The Portland Cello Project, which saw Blue Giant accompanied by nine cellists.[9]

Target Heart[edit]

Prior to release, Kevin Robinson was asked to talk about Blue Giant and the Target Heart EP in an eMusic Selects Q&A, on November 10, 2008.[10] The 6 track CD EP was subsequently released by the imprint label Amore!Phonics. The 12" vinyl version of the album contains two additional tracks ("Wasn't Born To Follow" by The Byrds, and "Got To Be Free" by The Kinks) and was released through Jealous Butcher Records, the same label that printed the vinyl edition of Viva Voce's Rose City.

New Tour, Record Deal, and Lineup Change[edit]

In February 2010, the band announced a nationwide tour[11] and a recording deal with Vanguard Records, with plans to release a debut LP album on July 13, 2010. The announcement also stated that Funk and Lorinczi had relinquished their duties on pedal steel and bass, being replaced by Jesse Bates and Dave Depper, respectively.[12]

Discography[edit]

Year Title Label
2009 Target Heart EP Amore!Phonics / Jealous Butcher
2010 Blue Giant Vanguard Records

References[edit]

  1. ^ Daily Vanguard: If Ever There Was A Portland Super Group, retrieved 2008-10-08 
  2. ^ eMusic : The Rainy Pacific Northwest Sprouts A Perfect Country-Rock Band, retrieved 2008-11-11 
  3. ^ Pitchfork Media: Anita Robinson to join Shins on SNL, Letterman, retrieved 2007-01-12 
  4. ^ Pitchfork Media: Viva Voce tour with Jimmy Eat World, retrieved 2007-09-27 
  5. ^ Kevin Robinson Q & A, retrieved 2008-10-07 
  6. ^ Enter Blue Giant, retrieved 2008-06-19 
  7. ^ Blue Giant Show Program, retrieved 2008-06-22 
  8. ^ Pitchfork Media: Blue Giant EP, retrieved 2008-11-14 
  9. ^ Blue Giant Portland Tour, retrieved 2008-09-11 
  10. ^ eMusic Selects Blue Giant, retrieved 2008-11-10 
  11. ^ Blue Giant Tour Dates, retrieved 2010-02-19 
  12. ^ New Label and Band Members, retrieved 2010-02-26 

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