Single Premiere: Big Girl – “Summer Sickness”

If you’re not feelin’ it this season, Big Girl’s brand new single, “Summer Sickness” is for you.

Big Girl is a scorching New York 6-piece band, led by Kaitlin Pelkey, and featuring Crispin Swank on guitar, Christina Schwedler and Melody Stolpp on backup vocals with Josh Strmic on drums and Nico Astudillo on bass. The group combines introspectively relatable lyrics and graceful vocals with surging, grungy guitar licks.

On “Summer Sickness,” the band’s yin and yang combination of delicate and distorted sounds is utilized to great effect, perfectly capturing the mix of grief and catharsis that exist in the words that Pelkey sings. This melancholic tone is further displayed in the song’s video, by featuring members of the band busting out some sweet dance moves while dressed in prison-orange fatigues in a field under a grey, murky sky. It feels as though the band is trying to unleash all of its bottled up frustrations, while also celebrating a new found sense of freedom. The entire song feels like the first moments after a big cry, when you’re just starting to get past whatever it is that’s bothering you. It’s a great motivating tune for moving on. Check it out below:

If you enjoyed this tune and the work of artists like Rosali, Mannequin Pussy and Laura Stevenson, then you’ll want to keep an eye out for Big Girl’s upcoming album, Big Girl vs God, which is due out in 2023. In the meantime, you can stream this banger of a single on Spotify, YouTube Music, Apple Music and other services.

-KH


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Published by Record Crates United

Keith Hadad, the creator and manager of RCU, has been a contributing writer to Elmore Magazine and Thewaster.com and maintains a regular column, “Keith Hadad’s Choice,” in Blicker magazine. His writing has also appeared in the Smithsonian Folkways' Guest Blog and the Optical Sounds Fanzine. Also, please check out the blog's super-active Instagram account, @recordcratesunited for daily blurb-styled music reviews.

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