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"All Music Guide Reviews Limestone Throne"

Some musicologists argue that with alternative rock having been rock's primary direction since the early '90s, the term indie rock has become meaningless -- that with major labels having signed hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of alt rockers since then, there isn't a true indie rock scene like there was in the '80s. But in fact, the indie rock mentality is still alive and well in the 21st century. Alt-rock has a long list of polished, big-budget, major-label acts, but there are still plenty of alt rockers whose belief system is stubbornly planted in the indie aesthetic -- artists like Big Big Car, whose Limestone Throne/Kid Fight is a quirky, eccentric, goofy effort that, according to a press release, is about an adolescent male's "trials and triumphs" in middle school. This 2006 release draws on a variety of influences, ranging from Primus to the Rolling Stones to hip-hop to folk to new wave, but unlike the Stones, Limestone Throne/Kid Fight doesn't groove in a straightforward fashion. The Indiana-based Big Big Car's rhythms are often jerky, and their songs can be defiantly angular; Limestone Throne/Kid Fight never goes out of its way to be accessible. But the more one listens to this album, the more its oddball charms reveal themselves. This 41-minute CD is undeniably self-indulgent, and some of Big Big Car's off-center tunes work better than others. But overall, Limestone Throne/Kid Fight is an oddly appealing, if somewhat uneven, example of what indie rock had to offer in 2006. - All Music Guide

"Baby Sue Reviews Limestone Throne / Kid Fight"

Our first impression of this CD was that it was more of that annoying rock/crap shite that we immediately toss into neverland. But fortunately we were patient enough to get past the first track (most likely because we are almost always impressed by releases on the Standard Recording Company label)...and we found that we were rather intrigued with BigBigCar. We can\'t tell you much about the band as there was no press release included in the package...but based on the liner notes on the digipak sleeve, we did conclude that the folks in this band have a rather defined sense of humor. In addition, the style and scope of their music is at times bewildering. Exactly what style of music is this...? The sounds and influences go all over the place...and our guess is that the folks making the music don\'t give a rat\'s ass about commercial acceptance. BigBigCar consists of David \"Moose\" Adamson, Jeff \"2K\" Costello, Pat \"Ostry\" Okerson, and Andy \"Peecan\" Young (one would almost get the impression that the band is fond of nicknames). Limestone Throne/Kid Fight is a complex album, far reaching in scope...that unfortunately will only appeal to a tiny segment of the listening population. But our guess is that this l\'il sucker will be an obscure favorite in the months and years ahead. Neat stuff, presented with unusual spirit. Top picks: \"Oh, Let\'s Race,\" \"Blu\' Floatin\' Whale,\" and \"Gone Patsy.\" Least favorite track: \"That Limestone Stomp.\" (Rating: 4+++) - Baby Sue

"72hrs Online Interviews BIGBIGCar"

You could waste a day trying to describe BigBigCar. Even if you found an apt term to describe its sound, you?d never be able to incorporate all its members? personalities into the mix. No, it?s best to leave it up to the people who know best: the members themselves. ?We play loud and we bang into each other and sometimes we draw blood and sometimes we fight,? lead vocalist David Adamson said. ?And our songs are catchy.? Bands like BigBigCar can only be described using run-on sentences. It?s in their blood. Adamson knows this, and so does drummer Pat Okerson. ?We use pots and pans and bang on walls and bang on each other and push over keyboards, and somehow this all translates into good music,? he said. Maybe they use such similar descriptions because they?ve been making music together for so long. You know it?s been a long time, because some of them have even forgotten how it all started. All they know for sure is that while their psychotic folk/punk might not appeal to everyone, even their harshest critics should find something to enjoy. ?Even if somebody doesn?t like what we?re playing, at least they?ll be tapping their toes,? Okerson said. There?s something inherently different about BigBigCar. Some may call the band ? and, by extension, its members ? weird; some may call them original, some unique, whatever. They aren?t getting hung up on verbiage. Just ask one of the members about the band, he?ll tell you all you need to know. ?We play loud and we bang into each other and sometimes we draw blood and sometimes we fight,? lead vocalist David Adamson said. ?And our songs are catchy.? A band of this sort can only be described using such elegantly strung run-on sentences. And it?s not just Adamson: They?re all in on it. ?We use pots and pans and bang on walls and bang on each other and push over keyboards, and somehow this all translates into good music,? drummer Pat Okerson said. Such like-mindedness is understandable. These guys have known each other since grade school, and they?ve been playing music together almost as long. So long, in fact, that some of them can?t even remember exactly when they started. Not that their musical history is particularly impressive. Okerson remembers recruiting the band?s guitarist because ?he could play guitar and actually play a full chord.? ?That?s how it happened,? he said. ?That?s basically it.? Naturally, their first few bands sounded nothing like the psycho folk/punk of BigBigCar. They were more of the standard high school fare. ?We weren?t very good then, but we thought we were,? Adamson said. Adamson even experimented briefly with his first love: rap. ?I stopped making rap,? he said, ?when I realized I sucked.? Somewhere along the way, they stopped making rap and generic alternative rock and started getting weird. Or maybe they were weird to begin with. Either way, it?s safe to say that BigBigCar is far from your average rock band. Its members go by a variety of nicknames ? ?moose,? ?2K,? ?sweets,? etc. They improvise in mid-song. Adamson spends his time off on tours ?investigating the paranormal? (i.e. looking for ghosts). And when they feel lonely on stage, they invite friends to ?play? with them who have no musical experience whatsoever. ?We needed more members,? bassist Jeff Costello said. ?We just told them to go up there and be funny.? But don?t get caught up in their eccentricities. They know exactly what they?re doing, and they do it well. The other stuff is just for fun, because this band loves to have fun. Hell, that may even be the only reason it exists. ?I love playing live music because it gives me a reason to hang out with my friends,? Costello said. The other members, well, they share this sentiment. And, luckily for us, they know how to project their fun onto a crowd. True, their music won?t appeal to everyone ? even Costello admits the band is ?annoying sometimes? ? but they?re confident that everyone can take at least something from it. -

"Big Big Car Takeoff"

We here at the American Songwriter news desk love us some Big Big Car. Who are they, you ask? We had no idea either, until their debut CD landed on our desk, providing instant pleasure upon impact. Here?s what we?ve been able to find out: comprised of vocalist-guitarist David ?Moose? Adamson, bass player Jeff ?2K? Costello, drummer Pat ?Sweets? Okerson and theremin player Greg ?The Gun Salesman? Hansberry, Big Big Car hail from Indianapolis, and bill themselves as folk/punk/experimental, which sounds about right. Similar to their grown-up counterparts, the equally awe-inspiring Apollo Sunshine, they vacillate between arty noise and sunny pop. Oh yeah, and the singer wears a motorcycle helmet on stage. Their debut, Limestone/Throne Kid Fight, is a stream-of-consciousness concept album, following a kid named Michaela on a typically awkward, exhausting, and edifying day in middle school, where wearing the wrong sneakers still gets you in trouble. ?Thought I saw your brother at the Kim Dawson show,? Adamson croons on ?Syrup Engine,? ?but he had grown a beard, so I can?t say that I know.? Trust us?if there?s any justice, Big Big Car are going to be big, big stars. - American Songwriter

"1340 Mag Loves Big Big Car"

Big Big Car Limestone Throne/Kid Fight Standard Recordings I am constantly keeping a lookout for the next great band. No, not the next chart-topper. I mean the next great band that changes everything you thought you knew about music before they came along. Occasionally a new great band also becomes a chart-topper, such as was the case with Nirvana, Tool, the Smashing Pumpkins, and many of my other favorites. But for the most part, great bands refuse to bow to the wishes of the masses. In the case of the Pumpkins, they increasingly became so grandiose and ?out there? that they lost many of their fans; Tool only releases albums twice a decade; and Kurt Cobain shot himself. I guess my point is, you don?t become a great and important band by doing what everyone expects. On the other hand, just doing something that nobody expected doesn?t guarantee that a band will become great. Take Big Big Car for instance. Even before popping their new album ?Limestone Throne/Kid Fight? in the CD player, the fact that they thank John Stamos and Shawn Kemp in the linear notes is a good indicator that this isn?t just another radio-friendly rock band. But on to the music. It?s just as kooky as the album packaging. At least it tries to be. As I made my way through the album, I realized that for the most part the meat of the songs consists of fairly straightforward folk rock. It?s the intros, outros, and lyrics that take this into the realm of the strange. Lines such as the opening of ?Gone Patsy? will leave many scratching their heads: ?Took a nap, made a sandwich, made a baby, killed it. Ate an apple, drank a Snapple, dug a grave and filled it. All the world?s on strike and I?m watching Jeopardy.? But you know, considering I so often complain about bands that refuse to move away from cliched love songs, I suppose I should welcome these guys. And I do, actually. Even though I have no idea what their talking about most of the time, there are occasions that a lyric resonates with me, such as the political overtones of ?Peace Attack!?: ?Peace attack; attacking for peace. Because a calm comes when everybody?s deceased.? Musically, as I mentioned, it?s the experimental noodling that begins and ends most songs that sort of camouflages what are some pretty enjoyable tunes. The aforementioned ?Peace Attack? has a creepy groove, ?Raspberry Grampa LL? is a jangly folk song, and ?That Limestone Stomp? combines a bit of both. Lead singer David Adamson (I?m guessing he?s the singer, though he isn?t explicitly identified in any literature that I could find) doesn?t have what you would call a pleasant voice. In fact, it?s kind of grating. But you know what? It fits the music. And if you take that to mean the music is grating, fine, but I don?t really mean it that way. At least not in a bad way. For those five of you in the world that have heard of eclectic art band (the only way I know how to describe them) Danielson (formerly know as Danielson Famile), Big Big Car is similar, though perhaps a little more accessible to the mainstream. A little. Anyway, I?ve gone on too long. If you like Radiohead but just wish they were weirder and would go back to their more organic days, give Big Big Car a listen. And remember, this isn?t meant to be heard on KISS FM so you may need to give it a few spins before it starts to grow on you. But if you?re looking for something to provide a challenge, Limestone Throne/Kid Fight delivers. - 1340 Mag


Limestone Throne / Kid Fight (Standard Recording Co. 2006)

Various Artists, A Very Standard Christmas (Standard Recording Co. 2006)

Various Artists, Live From Bloomington (2007)


Feeling a bit camera shy


We were accidentally swallowed by John Jacob Niles when he was hitting one of those high notes. Now we practice in his cavernous belly. . .

Maybe just listen to the songs.