Big Dipper

Early Show

Big Dipper

Chris Collingwood (from Fountains of Wayne)

Sat, April 6, 2013

Doors: 7:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

$16 advance / $18 day of show

This event is 21 and over

This show has been rescheduled from 2/9. All tickets from 2/9 will be honored.

Big Dipper - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
Big Dipper
Big Dipper was formed in 1985 amidst the fertile Boston music scene of the day, after guitarist Gary Waleik and bassist Steve Michener left the original lineup of Volcano Suns (which they’d formed with drummer and vocalist Peter Prescott after the breakup of Prescott’s earlier band Mission Of Burma). Still anxious to pursue their musical muses, Michener briefly played in an early line-up of Dumptruck, while Waleik started writing songs with singer/guitarist Bill Goffrier, who had moved to Boston after his former band, the Wichita, KS-based indie pioneers the Embarrassment, had split up in 1983. Completing their lineup with the additions of Michener and local drummer Jeff Oliphant, the band took to writing songs in their practice space and playing a few small gigs around Boston and Cambridge, before finally getting around to laying down a few tracks at a local studio. The band sent 6 songs to the legendary Homestead label, just to see if anyone might be interested. The response was clear and to the point as a recording contract and a hefty check for $1000 soon showed up in the mail. At this point, the band did not even have a name. But they settled on Big Dipper, and went back into the studio to record three more songs, thus giving life to the Boo-Boo EP, which came out on Homestead in March of 1987. Leading off with the killer “Faith Healer”, Boo-Boo was well-received on both the local and national indie scenes. Later the same year, the band’s debut full-length LP Heavens was released to even greater acclaim. An excellent synthesis of sunny power pop, neo-psychedelia, and indie rock angst, Heavens launched the band onto national tours, critical acclaim, and respectable record sales. All Music Guide has called Heavens “one of the finest American indie albums of its era.”

In 1988, Big Dipper released Craps, their final album with Homestead, and continued to tour and cement their reputation as one of the most vibrant bands from the thriving Boston music scene. The band signed to Epic/CBS in 1989, and released one album Slam, before being chewed up and spit out by the major label machine. It was not a pleasant process for anyone involved. By 1992, Big Dipper was no more. It had been amazing ride, but after nearly 7 years it was over.

On March 18th, 2008, Merge Records will be releasing Supercluster: The Big Dipper Anthology. This 3 CD set will include reissues of the band’s debut EP – Boo-Boo – and first two LPs – Heavens and Craps as well as 9 bonus tracks, a video and one previously unreleased CD – the “lost” album – Very Loud Array, which was the last recorded document from Big Dipper, but never saw the light of day, UNTIL NOW!!

Look for the original line-up of Big Dipper to be playing a run of reunion shows on the east coast in April of 2008, and perhaps some mid-west shows later in the year. More details to follow on those soon.
Chris Collingwood (from Fountains of Wayne) - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
Chris Collingwood (from Fountains of Wayne)
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002
http://mercuryloungenyc.com