No less than Robert Pollard rates them the 20th greatest band in rock history, #19 being T. Rex, so who are we to argue? Track
comes from smokin’ new album, due in late November.
By Blurt Staff
The band is Big Dipper.
Bosstown-area superheroes who were memorialized with loving care by Merge in
2008 with the 3-disc retrospective Supercluster:
The Big Dipper Anthology, No more memorials; the band – guitarist/vocalist
Bill Goffrier, drummer/vocalist Jeff Oliphant, late-era Dipper alum Tom Brewitt
on bass and vocalist/multi-instrumentalist/producer Gary Waleik (with special
guest appearances by Commander Frank Borman and Command Module Pilot Jim Lovell
of the Apollo 8 Mission as well as some of the Dippers’ offspring) – is
returning with Big Dipper Crashes on the
Platinum Planet, which will
be launched from the Almost Ready Records platform on November 27.
We’ve got a very cool preview track, “Lord Scrumptious,” right here:
BigDipper “Lord Scrumptious” by Howlin’ Wuelf Media
The 12-song album (reviewed in the upcoming print edition of
BLURT, by the way; our writer calls it “a solid addition to the canon of smart
pop…Welcome back, lads!”) boasts Big Dipper’s trademark
sound: twin vocals, ethereal harmonies, dynamic guitar arrangements by Goffrier
and Waleik (dubbed by some a “two-headed guitar monster”), Oliphant’s
powerful drumming and Brewitt’s melodic bass playing.
You don’t know Big Dipper? They
kicked off in ’85 following the breakup of college-rock legends Volcano Suns
and The Embarrassment, and lasted through ’92, and then with the Merge
anthology leading to some reunion shows, well… the rest is history. That said,
we can’t do all your homework for ya. Get on the web and so some research,