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Big Soy is everything great about rock music packed into a two piece band, with more heart than a team of wild marathon runners. Soft and loud, abstract and straight forward, Big Soy’s original brand of rock’n’roll in their release “Putting the ____ in ____,” is a must have for people who know and enjoy honest music.
Produced, recorded, and mixed by members, Adam White and John Edds, at Parland Space in San Antonio, TX, “Putting the ____ in ____,” has a raw and real sound that complements the memorable songs that Big Soy has created. It was mastered by Bobdog Catlin. Adam plays the drums like a wizard; a wizard who has decided to play the drums – that means he’s really good. He also does keys, bass, supplemental guitar parts, and programming for studio purposes. John plays guitar and sings with a chilling power.
Track one on Big Soy’s, “Putting the ____ in ____,” is Papasan, a driving tune full of memories. Sound of War marches with a smooth but rugged tone. Northern Squall has a very warm feeling. The Noise you Make is another Big Soy song that really shows the depth and sophistication of their honest style. Something Good Enough is a soft but strong song. Get out of it is extraordinarily catchy. That’s why your heart is gone is calmly powerful. Let’s see how you do is another well done Big Soy song. I don’t mind is a song that will stay with you forever. Wedgewood is another catchy and fun tune. In the morning, a live recording, sounds great and is extremely heartfelt. Nashville is an excellent song that closes Big Soy’s, “Putting the ____ in the ____” with multiple textures and an ambience like no other.
Big Soy’s sound is something like a cross between evolved folk rock mixed with the best indie rock out there, and their album “Putting the ____ in the ____” gives us a wonderful example of their work and their sound . . . it is going to be in my CD player for a long, long time.
- The Edge Magazine


San Antonio’s Big Soy kicked things up another notch with their lyrical and plaintive melodies set to driving, thrumming beats. Think Modest Mouse and Postal Service, with a healthy dose of Coldplay in their approach to percussion. Their lyrics were thoughtful and compelling: a song about struggling to get some clarity in love included the phrasing, “I keep losing fire, you keep blowing smoke… Look me in the eye.” - Toonage Magazine (Toronto)


Big Soy does with 2 members what most bands can’t do with 4. Don’t get the wrong idea though, these guys aren’t trying to be the next White Stripes. With a duo consisting of John Edds on guitar and vocals and Adam White playing drums as well as bass lines on his mini keyboard, these guys have a thinner sound than most bands, but still manage to pack a punch. Their songs are stripped down, gritty and honest and from time to time quite memorable. - torontomusicscene.ca


Big Soy explores the underbelly of love

The sound: Raw, melodic indie rock
John Edds rocks Big Soy’s guitar and vocals while Adam White gets down on the keyboard and drums — at the same time.


The band: Singer/songwriter/guitarist John Edds, 25; drummer/keyboardist Adam White, 32

Their words: “We're sort of loud and obnoxious, yet pleasant and poppy. We always say we're music for lovers who hate each other,” White said. “Our songs tend to be love songs that are really about the negative aspects of love.” Edds added, “We adhere more to the indie punk aesthetic a lot of times. Our shows, at best, are kind of wild affairs. We like to have a lot of physical fun. I jump around a lot. We usually end up having to repair some equipment.”

Their records: “Putting The ______ in ______” (2005), “Part of You” (2006), “Something Disappeared” (due in May)

Where to see them: North St. Mary's strip hotspots like the Limelight and the Mix, or Ruta Maya Riverwalk and the Wiggle Room. They toured the UK in May 2006.

The Web: www.bigsoy.com, www.myspace.com/bigsoy

The 210 take: Definitely worth checking out live. Edds and White formed the band in 2003 and added a bassist in 2005, but now they're back to being a duo; White fills out the sound by playing drums with one hand and keyboard with the other. And it works. Their songs are smarter and more literate than the average indie rock band, but they're also just poppy enough that you'll want to sing along. Give them a listen at 10 p.m. Thursday, March 29, on 91.7 KRTU FM's “Live From Studio A.” - San Antonio Express-News


Discography

Unplugged and Barefoot Live (EP) 2005
Putting the ______ in ______ (LP) 2005
Part of You (EP) 2006
Star By Your Name 2008

Airplay on:
KVRX 91.7 FM Austin (several weeks in the "topless 39")
KSYM 90.1 FM San Antonio
WAR 93.7 FM San Francisco
KRTU 91.7 FM San Antonio
KUIW Internet Stream
Revolution Radio (UK)
Bandradio.com
.....and many more

Interviewed on:
KSYM 90.1 FM San Antonio
KRTU 91.7 FM San Antonio
KUIW Internet Stream

Live Performances on:
KSYM 90.1 FM San Antonio
KRTU 91.7 FM San Antonio

Big Soy has played shows with bands as diverse as The Walkmen, Mates of State, The Whigs, Apollo Sunshine, Skeleton Key, Big Business, Birdmonster, and many more.

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Formed in 2003 by singer/guitarist John Edds and drummer/keyboardist Adam White, Big Soy is a loud, energetic, melodic indie rock band that played the dives of San Antonio and Austin as a duo until the end of 2005, during which time The Edge Magazine referred to them as “everything great about rock music packed into a two piece band, with more heart than a team of wild marathon runners.”

In addition to Big Soy's obvious strength--song and lyric--the band is noteworthy for having a drummer that plays keyboards at the same time, with no pre-programming or recorded tracks of any kind.

Big Soy’s first full-length CD, Putting The ______ in ______, recorded while Big Soy was still a duo, is a whirlwind musical tour through the swirling, emotional depths of the complicated mind of singer/guitarist John Edds. His simple, poignant, unprocessed guitar parts are driven forward and toned like torn muscle by the intuitive drumming and keyboard playing of Adam White. His voice—pure and gritty, sweet and pained almost to the point of neurosis—tells stories that all but the least adventurous of us can relate to, even envision unfolding in our own lives. The result is a semi-autobiographical collection of twelve songs, songs that together follow the various internal and external adventures of lyricist John Edds. His sometimes painful, sometimes amusing, sometimes infuriating encounters with the various people and 'real' worlds he has been found inhabiting usually leave listeners reflecting on their own surprisingly various existences. To see Big Soy play live is an immediate entree into these worlds, as the band takes its audience on a bumpy ride over hugely varied emotional topography before crashing into a swamp of cathartic noise—sinking into a musical reality so thick it's almost impossible to escape