Big Gigantic at the Orange Peel
By Claire Toal
“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to talk, mad to be saved, delirious of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue center light pop and everyone goes “Awww!” -Jack Kerouac
This past Saturday, 2/6, I abandoned any sense of unfamiliarity or naivety to the electronic drum and base music scene when I attended Big Gigantic at the Orange Peel. Big Gigantic is a vibrant, unique highly spirited duo composed of Dominic Lalli (saxophone and producer) Jeremy Salken (drums).
Big Gigantic is from Boulder, Colorado, which is often compared to Asheville, and characterized by instrumental live-tronica, hip-hop, and jazzy notes. Energized electronic beats, live saxophone and drums instrumentation form an intimate coalescence with intense light shows consisting of bright, rhythmic lights with visuals to create a submission to the euphoric atmosphere.
The show was a mesmerizing experience. Through the myriads of shimmering costumes, along with disjointed dance moves, obvious hunger madness” pulsed through the eyes of the members in the crowd. Playful electronic beats, base drops, the synthesizers residual shock, and with neon penetrated eyelids the atmosphere of the venue. The perspiration perfumed dance floor boasted males and females alike—primarily bros desperate to display their own renditions of rhythms the beat had internally inspired. The crowd gazed greedily in every direction frantic to capture/comprehend the energy that was manifesting itself into its geometric, fluid, and physical expression.
Bright hues from the light show fused with electric saxophone beats transforming the audience into a surprise explosion of bliss.
Big Gigantic’s audible performance yielded complete adoration from its audience while everyone including my friends, and I basked in the kaleidoscopic audible sounds created by Big Gigantic.