Music

SOUNDCHECKED: The Big Easy

October 26, 2020

Music is one of, if not the most important thing in my life. So many of my memories are directly tied to the music I was listening to at the time; whether that’d be classic rock on the radio as a kid, Odd Future on my iPod touch as a teenager or today’s Soundchecked artist in my headphones right now.


Of course, that artist is Brooklyn’s The Big Easy, whose new album, A Long Year, just came out via Forged Artifacts. We asked the band’s Stephen Berthomieux to pick five songs for us that have stood out the most to him throughout his entire life, and one more that he thinks will speak to him in the future to come.

This is Soundchecked.

song #1: childhood

For the song of my childhood, I’d have to say “Bennie and the Jets”. The reason why I chose this one is because I literally cant remember loving a song before being introduced to this one. I guess you can call it my “first love”. What also makes this song particularly nostalgic for me is the memory of me and my cousin singing and dancing to this song as children. We’d always get together and put this song on. I remember always wanting to hear the “non-live” version, until I found out that the audience noise is just part of the song. Ugh, and all the falsettos?! Take me back please.

song #2: teenage years

At this point in my life, I was just starting to really sink into music. My first album purchase was Illmatic by Nas. I had to have been around 14 because I had just moved into a new neighborhood in which I didn’t really have too many friends. This song (and album) is so incredible. After getting this CD, I’d just sit in my living room, eyes closed, listening to this one on repeat. The beat, to me, had so much texture and I felt like I could just listen to that instrumental forever. Got to give credit to Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature” though as that’s the sample used for all that texture. Above all else, I get to say Illmatic is by first album purchase ever… how cool is that?!

song #3: college-aged/early 20s

So the thing about this one is that it really just signifies my introduction to my favorite band, Spoon. Around my freshman year in collage, this album just came out and I kept seeing critics raving about it. When I see a band/album pop up enough times, eventually I’m gonna give them a listen. I’m glad I did. I must have exclusively listened to Spoon’s discography for months. This band taught me how to never create the same album but at the same time deliver something that is still uniquely yours. As a musician, this is what I strive for.

song #4: right now

I must confess… I am a Drake fanatic. I know, I know, how uncool! But damnit, this man puts out straight fire and I’m just going to call it what it is. That being said, the reason I choose this song is not because how good it is (well, kinda) but more so for the title. At this current moment in my life, I truly feel the nonstop sentiment. With our debut album out now, the response we’ve been getting, and the plans I have moving forward, I feel stopping is no longer an option for me. What better way to convey that than with this song?

song #5: the future

I can’t think of a cooler “ride off into the sunset” song than “Summertime Madness” by Kool & The Gang. To me, this song just sounds like a mission accomplished. I do not know what the future holds for me, or even the state of the world for that matter, but I know if this is the song playing in my head when it’s all said and done then I know I did alright.

The Big Easy's debut album A Long Year is out now and they're playing a record release gig tomorrow night at Baby's All Right in NYC. Best thing about livestream shows? They'll never sell out. Grab a ticket here and get to the gig––from your couch!

(intro by: Matty Monroe)

Music

SOUNDCHECKED: The Big Easy

October 26, 2020

Music is one of, if not the most important thing in my life. So many of my memories are directly tied to the music I was listening to at the time; whether that’d be classic rock on the radio as a kid, Odd Future on my iPod touch as a teenager or today’s Soundchecked artist in my headphones right now.


Of course, that artist is Brooklyn’s The Big Easy, whose new album, A Long Year, just came out via Forged Artifacts. We asked the band’s Stephen Berthomieux to pick five songs for us that have stood out the most to him throughout his entire life, and one more that he thinks will speak to him in the future to come.

This is Soundchecked.

song #1: childhood

For the song of my childhood, I’d have to say “Bennie and the Jets”. The reason why I chose this one is because I literally cant remember loving a song before being introduced to this one. I guess you can call it my “first love”. What also makes this song particularly nostalgic for me is the memory of me and my cousin singing and dancing to this song as children. We’d always get together and put this song on. I remember always wanting to hear the “non-live” version, until I found out that the audience noise is just part of the song. Ugh, and all the falsettos?! Take me back please.

song #2: teenage years

At this point in my life, I was just starting to really sink into music. My first album purchase was Illmatic by Nas. I had to have been around 14 because I had just moved into a new neighborhood in which I didn’t really have too many friends. This song (and album) is so incredible. After getting this CD, I’d just sit in my living room, eyes closed, listening to this one on repeat. The beat, to me, had so much texture and I felt like I could just listen to that instrumental forever. Got to give credit to Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature” though as that’s the sample used for all that texture. Above all else, I get to say Illmatic is by first album purchase ever… how cool is that?!

song #3: college-aged/early 20s

So the thing about this one is that it really just signifies my introduction to my favorite band, Spoon. Around my freshman year in collage, this album just came out and I kept seeing critics raving about it. When I see a band/album pop up enough times, eventually I’m gonna give them a listen. I’m glad I did. I must have exclusively listened to Spoon’s discography for months. This band taught me how to never create the same album but at the same time deliver something that is still uniquely yours. As a musician, this is what I strive for.

song #4: right now

I must confess… I am a Drake fanatic. I know, I know, how uncool! But damnit, this man puts out straight fire and I’m just going to call it what it is. That being said, the reason I choose this song is not because how good it is (well, kinda) but more so for the title. At this current moment in my life, I truly feel the nonstop sentiment. With our debut album out now, the response we’ve been getting, and the plans I have moving forward, I feel stopping is no longer an option for me. What better way to convey that than with this song?

song #5: the future

I can’t think of a cooler “ride off into the sunset” song than “Summertime Madness” by Kool & The Gang. To me, this song just sounds like a mission accomplished. I do not know what the future holds for me, or even the state of the world for that matter, but I know if this is the song playing in my head when it’s all said and done then I know I did alright.

The Big Easy's debut album A Long Year is out now and they're playing a record release gig tomorrow night at Baby's All Right in NYC. Best thing about livestream shows? They'll never sell out. Grab a ticket here and get to the gig––from your couch!

(intro by: Matty Monroe)

Music

SOUNDCHECKED: The Big Easy

October 26, 2020

Music is one of, if not the most important thing in my life. So many of my memories are directly tied to the music I was listening to at the time; whether that’d be classic rock on the radio as a kid, Odd Future on my iPod touch as a teenager or today’s Soundchecked artist in my headphones right now.


Of course, that artist is Brooklyn’s The Big Easy, whose new album, A Long Year, just came out via Forged Artifacts. We asked the band’s Stephen Berthomieux to pick five songs for us that have stood out the most to him throughout his entire life, and one more that he thinks will speak to him in the future to come.

This is Soundchecked.

song #1: childhood

For the song of my childhood, I’d have to say “Bennie and the Jets”. The reason why I chose this one is because I literally cant remember loving a song before being introduced to this one. I guess you can call it my “first love”. What also makes this song particularly nostalgic for me is the memory of me and my cousin singing and dancing to this song as children. We’d always get together and put this song on. I remember always wanting to hear the “non-live” version, until I found out that the audience noise is just part of the song. Ugh, and all the falsettos?! Take me back please.

song #2: teenage years

At this point in my life, I was just starting to really sink into music. My first album purchase was Illmatic by Nas. I had to have been around 14 because I had just moved into a new neighborhood in which I didn’t really have too many friends. This song (and album) is so incredible. After getting this CD, I’d just sit in my living room, eyes closed, listening to this one on repeat. The beat, to me, had so much texture and I felt like I could just listen to that instrumental forever. Got to give credit to Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature” though as that’s the sample used for all that texture. Above all else, I get to say Illmatic is by first album purchase ever… how cool is that?!

song #3: college-aged/early 20s

So the thing about this one is that it really just signifies my introduction to my favorite band, Spoon. Around my freshman year in collage, this album just came out and I kept seeing critics raving about it. When I see a band/album pop up enough times, eventually I’m gonna give them a listen. I’m glad I did. I must have exclusively listened to Spoon’s discography for months. This band taught me how to never create the same album but at the same time deliver something that is still uniquely yours. As a musician, this is what I strive for.

song #4: right now

I must confess… I am a Drake fanatic. I know, I know, how uncool! But damnit, this man puts out straight fire and I’m just going to call it what it is. That being said, the reason I choose this song is not because how good it is (well, kinda) but more so for the title. At this current moment in my life, I truly feel the nonstop sentiment. With our debut album out now, the response we’ve been getting, and the plans I have moving forward, I feel stopping is no longer an option for me. What better way to convey that than with this song?

song #5: the future

I can’t think of a cooler “ride off into the sunset” song than “Summertime Madness” by Kool & The Gang. To me, this song just sounds like a mission accomplished. I do not know what the future holds for me, or even the state of the world for that matter, but I know if this is the song playing in my head when it’s all said and done then I know I did alright.

The Big Easy's debut album A Long Year is out now and they're playing a record release gig tomorrow night at Baby's All Right in NYC. Best thing about livestream shows? They'll never sell out. Grab a ticket here and get to the gig––from your couch!

(intro by: Matty Monroe)