On Ash Wednesday, New Orleans maximum rock 'n' roll outfit Big Rock Candy Mountain
surprised everyone with "Spy Boy," its first single in several years. The band helped usher in a new scene and a new wave of dynamic pop in New Orleans — its members are now rock 'n' roll everymen in bands like The Revivalists and Sweet Crude. Big Rock will finally release is full-length album Brother Moon
on April 3.
Michael Girardot's acrobatic keyboard playing (literally jumping around and standing on things) and confident vocals soar alongside a heavy rhythm section anchored by Stephen MacDonald's bass and Paul Thibodeaux's tight Animal drums. With guitarist Andrew Hartsock, the band's self-described "pop-metal" sound fits snugly alongside Queens of the Stone Age or a caffeinated Strokes.
Stream the band's latest single "Serpent" below. Here's the band's description of its content: "John Voight actually escapes the Anaconda by cutting his way out of the snake stomach. He feels kinda bad, and probably kills the protagonists later just to feel better. End Credits. Michael disagrees about all of this, and claims that it is inspired by a Shel Silverstein poem turned children’s song
. Michael is wrong."
The band celebrates the release of Brother Moon
at 9 p.m. Friday, April 3 at Gasa Gasa
(4920 Freret St.) with The Seratones.