Introducing: Big Cry Country – Living Conditions & 3 Qs

“DC Based DIY indie-punk band with an earworm about the disappointment of succumbing once again to your own worst failures – being older, but not better, and also the literal pests in the places we call home. Fast, guitar heavy, but melody driven. Energetic, danceable, angsty power pop for fans of Beach Bunny and Remember Sports. Recorded at Headroom Studios in Philadelphia, PA, Pest Control is the lead track and highlight off of the band’s EP “Living Conditions,” released 10/6/2023.”

This message was sent together with the single Pest Control from this EP. I have headed to Bandcamp to check out the full EP and found this little blurb.

“Energetic rock for the kind of people who think a cathartic cry can be improved by dancing”

I am still trying to figure out exactly what it means, but I love the energy coming from these songs. The EP hits hard from the first track and it continues until the last one. It had been a while since I shared a melodic, catchy indie-power-punk-rock, but I missed this quite a bit. At least this EP is bringing me a lot of joy and I am quite vibing to it.

It has been a while since I shared music from DC, so I am glad I could discover this one and share it with you.

I reached out to the band and asked them our 3 Qs. The singer Roxanne answered them:

What inspired you to start making music and what keeps you making music?

I first tried my hand at writing songs after Waxahatchee’s American Weekend was released in 2012. To me it was a perfect album, yet so simple in approach- simple chords and recorded at home. It made songwriting feel approachable in a way it never had to me before – particularly as someone who had barely picked up a guitar. Took me quite a while after that to write anything good, and longer still to share with other people, but that album got me started. (Seeing Waxahatchee was coincidentally one of the first hangouts we did as a band after meeting in 2021). Now continuing to write is driven by meeting the challenge of writing something better than we ever have before, seeing how we can improve our song collaboratively as a band, and excuses to yell to a crowd about what is making me upset.

What was the most challenging thing in your music (artistic) path?

The most challenging thing has been the parts outside of writing and playing- trying to find your audience, trying to make real relationships in the scene, and not letting it get to you the 100 times you hear no before you may hear yes.

What would you dream to do if anything was possible?

A dream for me would be to play at an iconic DC concert venue I grew up going to shows at before I ever had a thought of being in my own band, like the Black Cat.

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