About Big Dudee Roo
Grand Rapids, MI, US
"The oft-psychedelic, Neil Young-styled folk rock...oozes an endearing, political charm." (Grand Rapids Press)
Big Dudee Roo's atmospheric folk rock/grunge sound has its origins in the town of Wayland, MI, where all five members were raised and received their public educations. Now based in Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor, it has since grown and expanded throughout the great mitten state and its vibrant musical community. The songs, penned by bassist Max Lockwood and banjoist/guitarist Nate Wagner deal with themes such as personal and spiritual growth, community and family, "complete with socio-ecological consciousness and positive attempts to find significance in the suffering and disassociation of the modern world" (Recoil). Aurora Lewis' soulful vocals, Justin Dore's versatile and unique guitar work, and Kurt Rizley's steady driving beats feed off of the songs and take them into full bloom with the distinctive Big Dudee Sound.
The genuine energy and emotion that the band puts into their live performances engage audiences in a distinctively intimate way. Big Dudee Roo believes that music can be more than mere entertainment—it can be inspiration for people to think about the world and their place in it, and to work for something better.
"Listen to Your Discontent" was recorded mostly live in the Petersen Barn in Rockford, MI, in the course of three intensive days in August 2011. It was engineered and co-produced by Alex Hamel, mastered by Glenn Brown, and features fine guest appearances by esteemed local artists Samuel Seth Bernard and Karisa Wilson.
The band’s 6-song, debut EP, Germination!, was released in September of 2010 and met with an outpouring of praise from fans. Recorded by Alex Hamel in Grand Rapids, it has been called a mixture of early Wilco, Neil Young, and Donna the Buffalo.
Big Dudee Roo will be playing across Michigan to support the new album. It can be found at local record stores, online at bigdudeeroo.com, and on iTunes and other music distribution websites.