The Big Friendly Corporation

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The Big Friendly Corporation
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The Big Friendly Corporation performing live in Las Vegas.
Background information
OriginLas Vegas, Nevada, USA
Genresindie rock, alternative rock
Years active2004–present
Websitewww.thebigfriendlycorporation.com
MembersMelissa Marth (Rhodes, vocals), Ryan Marth (guitar, vocals), Jeff Ford (bass, guitar, vocals), Brandon Johnson (drums), Andrew Karasa (guitar)
Past membersTimothy Styles (bass, vocals), Mike McDonald (drums, vocals), Rick Miller (bass)

The Big Friendly Corporation is an indie rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada formed by Ryan Marth and is part of the indie music scene in Las Vegas.[1] Since its formation, the band has acquired members Melissa Marth (keyboards and younger sister to Ryan), Jeff Ford (bass, guitars), Timothy Styles (bass), and newest member Brandon Johnson (drums).[2]

The band has four official albums that include performances by the entire band, and one album recorded and released solely by band founder Ryan Marth.[3] Ryan and Melissa Marth's middle sibling Tommy Marth also performed saxophone on the band's albums. Tommy, who committed suicide in 2012, was best known for his role as saxophonist for The Killers.[4]

In September 2013, the band performed their final show with bassist Tim Styles, who after 5 years with Big Friendly announced he’d be leaving to focus on his family and his other band, Skorchamenza. The show was held at the Dillinger in Boulder City, Nevada. Big Friendly closed out the show with a solo performance by Styles who sang a cover version of Ty Segall's Goodbye Bread. Soon after, the band told Las Vegas Weekly's Leslie Ventura that they would be returning to their roots as a foursome, with guitarist Jeff Ford reprising his role as bass player.[5]

On April 29, 2017, The Big Friendly Corporation returned to the stage after a long hiatus, to perform music from Carry On, Carrion, a double vinyl album the band released earlier that month. They were joined on stage by new guitarist (and Melissa Marth's husband) Andrew Karasa of The Clydesdale, and Dustin Apodaca of Dusty Rhodes and the River Band.[6][7]

The 24 song double album was recorded and mixed by Karasa over a period of 5 years, beginning with the death of Tommy Marth, and was released on the 5th anniversary of his death. It serves as what the band describes as "a diary of our grieving process [over the past 5 years]", and includes guest performances from members of the Las Vegas music community, including Halloween Town's Ryan Pardey and Black Camaro's Tom Miller.[6][7]

Albums[edit]

Official releases[edit]

  • Carry On, Carrion (2017)
  • Nocturne (2012)
  • ...And So It Goes (2010)
  • Building Better Machines To Replace Us All (2007)

Unofficial releases[edit]

  • Analog Prototypes vol. 1 (2004)

Big Friendly Radio[edit]

As an offshoot of the band, bassist Timothy Styles and keyboardist Melissa Marth formed a web series they named Big Friendly Radio (BFR). The show, which premiered on December 18, 2011, is designed to premiere news about the band and for invited guests to make their own respective announcements. The one-hour show is divided into two segments. In the first half-hour, Styles discusses random subjects with the guest while Marth acts as co-host before beginning the second half-hour segment, where Marth reads the news while Styles and the guest comment.[8]

With Styles' departure from the band, Big Friendly Radio was left in the hands of the Marth siblings. Styles' final episode was a two-part program entitled Episode 69 (pt. 1 & 2): So Long, Timothy Styles.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The family that plays together..." Las Vegas CityLife. 2010-01-07. Retrieved 2012-04-29.
  2. ^ "Neon Reverb report: The Big Friendly Corporation at Artifice". Las Vegas Weekly. 2012-09-15. Retrieved 2012-09-21.
  3. ^ "Las Vegas' Big Friendly Corporation releases its third album". Las Vegas Weekly. 2012-01-25. Retrieved 2012-04-29.
  4. ^ "Killer's Saxophonist's Death Ruled Suicide". MTV.com. 2012-04-26. Retrieved 2012-04-29.
  5. ^ "The Big Friendly Corporation says goodbye to a key member … and looks to the future". Las Vegas Weekly. 2013-09-18. Retrieved 2013-09-18.
  6. ^ a b "Vegas indie rockers The Big Friendly Corporation find 'life after tragedy'". Las Vegas review-Journal. 2017-04-25. Retrieved 2017-04-29.
  7. ^ a b "The Big Friendly Corporation's remarkable new album speaks of grief and love". Las Vegas Weekly. 2017-04-27. Retrieved 2017-04-29.
  8. ^ "Following radio's next wave on the Web". Las Vegas Review Journal. 2013-10-17. Retrieved 2013-01-21.
  9. ^ "BFR Episode 69 (pt. 1 & 2) "So Long, Timothy Styles"". Big Friendly Radio. 2013-09-14. Retrieved 2013-01-18.

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