Big Quarters are a model example of what the indie artist hustle and game plan should be in this day and age. Their versatility, adaptability, drive and attitude is not only what helps define their success, but is also defined in their music. What I mean by that is, Big Quarters make honest, personal, heartfelt, and relatable music. Ultimately, all of that is a natural reflection of who they are as people.
This also lends to the idea that often the best person to guide and control your career is you. With that in mind, they continually move forward and grow to maintain a fully operational self-contained unit. "Party Like A Young Commie" was produced in their own two home studios. They also handle their own graphic design, marketing, booking, and whatever deems itself to be needed to be done, a theory they expound on in "New Plateau".
That doesn't suggest that they don't embrace the art of collaboration, the album features session musicians; dVRG of Heiruspecs, Budo (Grieves), & Luis Ortega Castrellon (Malamanya). Additional production is provided by some of Twin Cities finest and upcoming beat-makers; Benzilla, Mike Swoop, Bold Illin, Baby Gracious, Noam The Drummer, & Julian Fairbanks (Audio Perm). Also, Mankwe Ndosi lends her beautiful voice to a couple tracks as well.
Sonically, "Party Like A Young Commie" just sounds and feels good. Although it may not have been meant in this context, Medium Zach's, "This is growth at its finest" quote on "Humble Servants" exists as a perfect and simple description of the album. Big Quarters have kept their approach to making good music that built their core audience, but have successfully grown and developed into more experienced song writers/arrangers and musical personalities and it is strongly reflected on the new album. There are great stories on life, family, relationships, community, etc... Although, there's a range of moods & emotions covered, I feel like the overall vibe of the album fits excellently as a Fall Album. Some songs could serve as comfort and can warm the soul in that deep fall where it gets darker and bitter cold, such as "Pure" or "Low Highs". While other songs are perfect for this current transitional period of Sunny days, with the suggestion of the impending cold, giving you that motivation or inspiration to maximize your time and enjoy the situation before it is gone, a theme that is covered on "Saving Bonds".
All in all, Big Quarters have assembled a great collection of songs, strategically sequenced, to take you on journey that keeps the listener engaged and intrigued. However, their approach will not only help you learn learn more about them, but also put you in a mind-state to reflect on self. Beyond the good music, I was also impressed to hear that in a time when indie artists are struggling to find ways to maximize the most our of album sales for personal gain, Big Quarters have decided to take the proceeds from "Party Like A Young Commie" and donate them to the Youth Programming at Hope Community Center in Minneapolis. Write It, Produce It, Record It Promote It, Live It...that defines Big Quarters and their latest effort, "Party Like A Young Commie".
Here's the debut video from "Party Like A Young Commie":
Video Directors: Medium Zach & Galen Fletcher
Cinematographer: Galen Fletcher
Editor: Medium Zach
Type: Loren Purcell