Alt. Rock Band Gets The Show Started

by msuarts on November 3, 2010

Mark Gould

Ask any fan of the pop punk genre, and they will likely mention similar names on their eternal list of favorite bands. Starland Ballroom will be hosting a show this Friday, Nov. 5 in Sayreville, and some of those big name bands will preform. Motion City Soundtrack, Say Anything and Saves The Day lead the star-studded lineup. As fans will have their hopes sky high, the humble opening bands will face a challenging task. Too many huge names at a concert can make the crowd eager and unwilling to wait. For Brooklyn-based A Great Big Pile of Leaves, getting people to listen hasn’t been an issue.

A Great Big Pile of Leaves bassist Tucker Soucy spoke with The Montclarion about the band’s style, as well as their current tour.

When asked to describe the band’s sound to new listeners, Soucy said, “It’s a little different than others, but I think we’re still inspired by a lot of similar artists. We’re more focused on instruments, but it’s still just music.”

A Great Big Pile of Leaves blends a lot of different styles of music, making the sound accessible for anyone. Any fan of alternative rock will feel right at home. The band incorporates punk choruses, jazz style drumming and various vocal deliveries.

The band’s latest album, Have You Seen My Prefrontal Cortex? took a lot of effort, but the band claims it was all in fun. “We spent almost a year in a living room working on the album. We just did whatever we were psyched about.”

On the current tour, Soucy says the band was curious to see how the audience would react to them. Even though he claims it was a bit nerve-wracking, the results have been positive so far. Describing the live show, Soucy says, “We always have a lot of fun. We’re not taking ourselves too seriously. It’s a short set, but the fans get that.”

The band cites Weezer and fellow touring acts Saves The Day as some of their influences, but their sound has proved to be outside of comparisons. Some websites have tried to compare the band to Minus The Bear or The Silversun Pickups, but Soucy says that he doesn’t hear much of those bands in A Great Big Pile of Leaves; as he says, “We took a long time experimenting with different sounds.”

A Great Big Pile of Leaves plans to tour all through the next year and eventually work on a new album. However, they don’t expect any future tours to have quite an impact. “It wouldn’t be so bad if this is the best thing we do,” he jokes.

To win a copy of A Great Big Pile of Leave’s new CD, call in WMSC 90.3, Montclair’s underground radio station at 973-655-4256

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