BIG FUN is a Los Angeles rock and roll band composed of Nasty Kathy on keytar, Beef Angel playing bass and Bingbong on drums. The three met in the second grade and have never since stopped being friends! They have already played at Echo Park Rising in Los Angeles and today they present their latest single entitled “RUBBERBAND” that will be part of their new album “OOGLEY BOOGLEY”, to be released on June 5. The track is a synth-rock song with an energetic and engaging rhythm, which symbolizes the power that the internet and technology, in general, have on our brain like they’re some kind of tight rubber band around our brains that sometimes prevents us from thinking with our heads… Enjoy your reading!
YMX: Hey BIG FUN, thanks for sitting down with us. What would you say to all our readers new to your project?
BIG FUN: This new album is a departure from the rawness of our last album Happy Scary. With Oogley Boogley we wanted to make it clear that we’re more than just a punk band from LA. We want to start blending more genres and really just make people dance.
YMX: When did you know that music was something you wanted to pursue at an artistic level?
BIG FUN: I think we would all individually agree that when we jammed together in Beef (our bassists) mom’s garage for the first time in second grade-we realized that this is something we could pursue. We’ve had a deep musical connection with each other for more than 10 years.
YMX: You recently released RUBBERBAND. Can you tell us how that project came about?
BIG FUN: We just released the single off our upcoming album-it’s called Rubberband. Here’s a little back story to the birth of the song: “I was at a friends wedding and the song Suavemente by Elvis Crespo came on. I was blown away by how nasty and simple the bass line was. The groove seemed to circulate around this awesome simple like 3 note bass line, and I knew I had to make a song that at least had a similar feeling. The next day I was working as a valet in West LA and I was fiddling with a rubberband wrapped around my wrist like a bracelet. Soon enough I started humming the words rubberband and the bassline appeared in my head. I had to put it in the phone voice memos and finally make it into a real song later.”
YMX: What is the one thing you would like people to feel while listening to the album?
BIG FUN: The name ‘Oogley Boogley’ is similar to the last album title ‘Happy Scary’. There is a feeling of playful uneasiness that I’m trying to convey in our albums. The feeling is kind of similar to watching the cartoon Scooby-Doo- where a group of people dashing around in haunted mansions and running from scary monsters is accompanied by a laugh track and a talking dog for comedic relief. It’s kind of like laughing at the things that scare us.
YMX: How did the recent pandemic influence your creative process? is remote collaboration easy for you?
BIG FUN: The pandemic was amazing for us because we really got to take the time to write and record a bunch of new songs and essentially finish this album. I don’t think we would have finished it yet if we had gigs to play every other weekend-they take a lot out of you.
YMX: Do you feel more confident writing music alone, or within a team?
BIG FUN: We definitely work best as a team. I (Nasty Kathy) like to come to a writing session with just a riff or a skeleton of an idea and let Beef and Bing Bong fill in the details. That way the song feels way more real.
YMX: Can you name the last gig you played? Would you consider doing a live stream concert?
BIG FUN: The very last gig we played was on New Years of 2020. I remember it being a great show and making all of these plans like 2020 was going to be a big show year for us. Then just a month later everything froze.
YMX: Finally, what are your plans for the future?
BIG FUN: After Oogley Boogley is released on June 5th we actually plan on getting back to work on an entirely new album that is already halfway finished.