Pittsburgh’s The Big Bend are a great band who will release their new album, Celebrate, via Misra Records on July 22nd, 2016 (pre-order) and now have debuted the raucous first single “Chain Smoking”! The Big Bend is led by Chet Vincent, who’s been kicking around Pittsburgh playing in bands since he was a teenager. A regular fixture of the city’s quietly thriving music scene, he’s established a reputation as one of the city’s most dedicated figures.
Celebrate is The Big Bend’s fourth release, and has the hallmarks of a career milestone, calling to mind early-‘70s Neil Young in its songwriting, with sonic elements straight out of Abbey Road-era Beatles, and vocals reminiscent of The Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle. Celebrate gives the band plenty of reasons to pop a few bottles (besides Vincent’s recent nuptials to beloved Pittsburgh country artist Molly Alphabet, with whom he also collaborates musically). The album shows the band’s range — from the first discordant, psychedelic notes of album opener “The Spins” through the closing bars of the stripped-down, folky “Su La Ley.”