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About Big Eyes

Armed with a swaggering attitude and crunchy riffs, Big Eyes deliver a modern take on punk rock and power pop. As singer/guitarist Kate Eldridge’s bands Cheeky and Used Kids split up, she formed Big Eyes in Brooklyn in 2009 along with bassist and Kicking Spit/Seasick alum Mark Bronzino and drummer C.J. Frederick. They debuted with a demo 7” and cassette the next summer, followed that December by the Why Can't I 7” for the Don Giovanni label. The trio embarked on its first U.S. tour as 2011 began, offering a self-titled EP that spring. Big Eyes' full-length debut, Hard Life, arrived that summer for Don Giovanni, as the band relocated to Seattle, parting ways with Bronzino and bringing in Keith Spencer to handle bass duties on the road.

For the band's second album, 2013's Almost Famous, Eldridge unveiled a new Big Eyes lineup, featuring bassist Chris Costalupes and drummer Dillan Lazzareschi. 2014 saw Eldridge return to New York City, and she assembled a new edition of Big Eyes. The band expanded to a quartet, including guitarist and backing vocalist Paul Ridenour, bassist Malcolm Donaldson, and drummer Griffin Harrison. The new Big Eyes headed into the studio to cut album number three, Stake My Claim, which was released by Don Giovanni Records in August 2016. ~ Chrysta Cherrie