Giant In My Mind, follows two years of much self-reflection. Big Bus
Dream’s Mike Shannon adds: “The record is about jumping, or just
crashing through, hurdles over the years – lots of hurdles.” This struggle is
felt in the new music.
What they are saying:
“So many stand-out lyrics crop up throughout the project, and thanks to
beautiful melodies and natural, peaceful arrangements, these connect on a
profound level.” – Stereo Stickman
“This may be Big Bus Dream’s best work by a mile” – Jamsphere Magazine
“A magical, musical journey” – Pitchfork Music
The 2021 release is available now, everywhere.
Mike Shannon’s journey has always been about climbing the steps up the
Big Bus. Big Bus Dream, like 4th Ward before, has always been about the
distinctiveness of the song, the hook, the colors.
“The sound is original without being trendy”, writes Creative Loafing.
4thward’s 2000 self-titled release debuted #20 on the National CMJ Top
200 charts. Celebrity Cafe awarded the release, “Album of the day!”. The
group spent 4 years playing the circuit opening for the likes of Angie Aparo,
Hootie and The Blowfish before regrouping as Big Bus Dream.
Big Bus Dream’s 2006 self-titled debut earned Editor’s Pick by CD Baby
and 8 of 10 stars by Americana UK, as well as topping the main European
music site charts. Several tracks found their way onto MTV’s Pimp My
Ride, Breaking Amish, as well as film (MY life as Abraham Lincoln) and TV
(WBTV documentaries). The Jesters of Xmas Town (2008) continued the
band’s songwriting and recording success:
“a Leonard Cohen twist and folky edge but a Mercury Rev alternative feel
and vibe, it’s a smooth but edgy track with great creative lyrics and a
distinctive sound that sounds current”
What advice would you give to beginners who are nervous?
write what you live, what you know and feel.
When you decide it’s time to make a new record, is that more exciting or stressful?
Excited, almost magical – though the remnants of the music business are the opposite of magic
How easily do songs tend to come to you?
songs come to me in my head before I even write a single musical note or lyric
What’s your motto or the advice you live by?
Expressing yourself, putting yourself out there, is not for cowards.
What are your future goals as a music artist?
I am working on what will be my final recordings. As of now, it is titled ‘Once Upon A Time’
What was your most memorable performance to date?
My most memorable is also my worst memory. It was playing a large outdoor festival, opening for the black Crows and Hootie and the Blowfish. it was a f***ing train wreck (edit as you need)
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