Barsuk Records today revealed the new video from Melbourne-based duo Big Scary for “Invest,” off their new full-length Not Art. The clip features a dark, eerily rotating set upon which the members perform the tune. The video’s minimalism suits the sparseness of the track and is powerful in its simplicity.
The duo has announce their first extensive North American tour, where they will join fellow Barsuk labelmates Say Hi. Touring in support of Not Art, the jaunt starts April 11 in Vancouver at the Media Room and ends May 16 in San Francisco at Bottom of the Hill.
The story of Big Scary begins in Melbourne, Australia, where duo Tom Iansek and Jo Syme, armed with just acoustic guitars and egg shakers, started playing songs together in the living room of Syme’s parents’ house, gradually working up to a bolder, more expansive sound by incorporating electric guitars, drums, synths and piano. What began as a few rainy day acoustic ballads in their first incarnation soon grew, and before long, the newly named Big Scary were writing anything they pleased-fuzzed-out garage rock; piano-led pop; intricate, pastoral instrumentals-each imbued with pop sensibility and lightness.
Following a series of early self-released singles and EPs, Big Scary released the intimately crafted debut album Vacation in 2011 via the band’s own label Pieater (pronounced pie-eater). On the heels of their adventures abroad, an invigorated Tom and Jo returned home and began recording their second full length album. The daunting goal of bringing their music to wider audiences, and their own expectations of themselves as writers and creators, the band eventually settled into making an album that would be, paradoxically, hotly anticipated at home while acting simultaneously as a first introduction to almost all audiences elsewhere: Not Art.
Recorded and produced by Big Scary’s own Iansek, and mixed by Grammy Award-winner Tom Elmhirst (Arcade Fire, Hot Chip, The Kills), Not Art distills influences of indie rock song structure, pop and hip-hop production, and experimental ambient music
Big Scary tour dates:
4/11 – The Media Room – Vancouver, BC
4/13 – Bunk Bar – Portland, OR
4/14 – The Crux – Boise, ID
4/15 – Kilby Court Gallery – Salt Lake City, UT
4/16 – Lost Lake – Denver, CO
4/18 – Slowdown Jr. – Omaha, NE
4/19 – Duck Room at Blueberry Hill – St. Louis, MO
4/20 – Schubas Tavern – Chicago, IL
4/21 – 7th St. Entry – Minneapolis, MN
4/22 – Canopy Club Void Room – Urbana, IL
4/23 – Radio Radio – Indianapolis, IN
4/24 – Beachland Tavern – Cleveland, OH
4/25 – The Drake Hotel – Toronto, ON
4/26 – Il Motore – Montreal, QC
4/27 – Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
4/28 – Rough Trade – Brooklyn, NY
4/29 – Mercury Lounge – New York, NY
4/30 – Boot & Saddle – Philadelphia, PA
5/1 – The Black Cat – Washington, D.C.
5/2 – Cat’s Cradle Back Room – Carrboro, NC
5/3 – The Mill Room – Asheville, NC
5/4 – The Vinyl – Atlanta, GA
5/6 – The BottleTree – Birmingham, AL
5/7 – Gasa Gasa – New Orleans, LA
5/8 – Fitzgerald’s Downstairs – Houston, TX
5/9 – The Prophet Bar – Dallas, TX
5/10 – Mohawk – Austin, TX
5/13 – The Western – Scottsdale, AZ
5/14 – The Casbah – San Diego, CA
5/15 – The Echo – Los Angeles, CA
5/16 – Bottom of the Hill – San Francisco, CA