Big Red Machine (band)

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Big Red Machine
OriginEau Claire, Wisconsin, United States
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Years active2018–present
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Websitebigredmachine.bandcamp.com
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Big Red Machine is an American experimental indie folk rock band that began as a collaboration between musicians Aaron Dessner and Justin Vernon.

History[edit]

Big Red Machine began as a musical collaboration in 2008, when Aaron Dessner messaged Justin Vernon on MySpace, without any prior personal meeting. Dessner sent Vernon an instrumental idea for a collaborative album named Dark Was the Night, which he wanted Vernon to write a song for.[1] The sketch was titled "Big Red Machine", and Vernon created a completed song using the track. The album was celebrated with a show at Radio City Music Hall, where the two met and began further collaborating. Since then, they have collaborated on a number of projects together, including PEOPLE Collective, Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival, and Day of the Dead.[1]

Dessner is most famous for being a founding member, songwriter and producer for The National, and Vernon for being the front man of Bon Iver.

In 2016, Vernon, Dessner, and Dessner's twin brother Bryce Dessner founded an artist collective named PEOPLE. The PEOPLE website states that the concept aims to "establish an independent and nurturing space in which to make work (generally around music) that is collaborative, spontaneous and expressive in nature and where all unnecessary distractions or obstacles that get in the way are removed."[2] They first gathered for a festival at Funkhaus, Berlin, in 2016. The second festival took place in 2018, again at Funkhaus. Since 2016, Big Red Machine has played festival sets at Eaux Claires, Haven and From a Safe Harbour.[3]

Dessner has stated that the original sketch that he sent to Vernon in 2008, named Big Red Machine, uses the nickname of the 1970s Cincinnati Reds teams that won the World Series four times in seven years. The team received the nickname "The Big Red Machine" throughout this successful period. Aaron Dessner grew up in Cincinnati, and he and his twin brother were born in 1976, during the Reds' run.[4]

Big Red Machine (2018)[edit]

Big Red Machine released its debut album, Big Red Machine, on August 31, 2018, via PEOPLE and Jagjaguwar. Prior to this, the outfit released four tracks from the full length LP: "Gratitude", "Lyla", "Hymnostic", and "Forest Green".[5] The 10 song self-titled album was co-produced by Dessner, Vernon and Brad Cook, while Jonathan Low mixed the recording. The album features approximately 40 collaborators, including Bryce Dessner, Bryan Devendorf, Richard Parry, Phoebe Bridgers, Lisa Hannigan, JT Bates, and Kate Stables, among others.[5] The majority of the album was recorded in Dessner's shed studio in Hudson Valley, New York,[6] where Dessner also recorded The National album Sleep Well Beast.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Dessner, Aaron (10 February 2015). "Eaux Claires Opens Up". Interview Magazine. Interview Magazine. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  2. ^ PEOPLE. "37d03d". PEOPLE. PEOPLE. Retrieved 15 October 2018.
  3. ^ Kaye, Ben (13 July 2018). "Aaron Dessner and Justin Vernon's Big Red Machine announce debut LP, share four songs: Stream". Consequence of Sound. Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  4. ^ Dessner, Aaron (10 February 2015). "Eaux Claires Opens Up". Interview Magazine. Interview Magazine. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  5. ^ a b Kaye, Ben (13 July 2018). "Aaron Dessner and Justin Vernon's Big Red Machine announce debut LP, share four songs: Stream". Consequence of Sound. Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  6. ^ Kahn, Andy (12 July 2018). "Justin Vernon & Aaron Dessner Announce Big Red Machine Debut Album". JamBase. JamBase. Retrieved 18 October 2018..
  7. ^ Doyle, Tom (October 2017). "Aaron Dessner & Jonathan Low: Recording Sleep Well Beast". Sound on Sound. SOS Sound on Sound. Retrieved 14 October 2018.