The 4th Annual Bigger Lovers/Photon Band Holiday Spectacular on Ice, Dec. 2 at Johnny Brenda’s

The Bigger Lovers will cap off a fairly busy year (at least compared to the years 2005-2010, when we were either preparing to disband or broken up for real) with an absolute corker of a rock show:

The 4th Annual Bigger Lovers/Photon Band Holiday Spectacular on Ice which is set for Friday, December 2 at Johnny Brenda’s in Philadelphia. Tickets are on sale now. Purchase them here.

Expect all the hits and the misses from our catalog. Expect a cover or three - perhaps even a holiday themed one. Expect at least one “Internationally Acclaimed” special guest. Expect a very tired drummer flush with drink tickets. As you may or may not know, TBL and the Photons share a drummer in one Patrick Berkery.

And expect a mind-melting opening set from our tight bro from way back, Jay Laughlin.

Speaking of the holidays, thebiggerlovers.com is a great place for all your holiday shopping needs, like the "How I Learned to Stop Worrying" 10th anniversary vinyl reissue, the "Little Giant Maxi Single", the "Honey in the Hive" and "This Affair Never Happened… and Here are 11 Songs About It" CDs, and more!

Oh yeah, don’t forget to check us out on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter, and feel free to inquire about our availability for well paid house concerts, holiday parties, and festival gigs.

Big love,

-TBL


The Bigger Lovers opening for The Baseball Project, Frog Holler in June

Yes, it’s been quiet on the TBL front since the reunion show. People have lives to live: Raising babies, moving house, planning weddings, playing with other people here and there, that sorta thing.

Happy to tell you we’re getting back at it for two shows in June. And we’re even happier to tell you that both shows find us opening for good pals.

First up, we open for The Baseball Project at the North Star Bar in Philly on Monday June 6. For the uninitiated, The Baseball Project is comprised of Steve Wynn, Scott McCaughey, Peter Buck (being pinch-hit for on this tour by his R.E.M. bandmate Mike Mills), and Linda Pitmon, and they sing great songs about America’s Pastime. Can’t recommend ‘em enough. We’re on at 8:30. Get tickets here.

Then on Friday, June 10, we head out to Bret’s hometown of Reading, Pa. to warm up for our dear friends from way back Frog Holler at Reverb. Much like Yuengling, Frog Holler is a certifiable Pennsyltucky treasure. Mason Porter opens; we’re in the middle slot. Show starts at 8:30. Get tickets here.

Lastly, please be reminded that most of our catalog – including the 10th anniversary vinyl reissue of "How I Learned to Stop Worrying," and the Little Giant Maxi Single - is on sale via our website. Most everything can also be found at iTunes, eMusic, and Amazon, but why not eliminate the middle man and buy it straight from the source, eh??

Oh yeah, don’t forget to check us out on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter, and feel free to inquire about our availability for well paid house concerts and festival gigs.

Big love,

-TBL


Reunited and it felt so good

We’re happy to report The Bigger Lovers reunion gig at Johnny Brenda’s in Philly (Sat. March 12) was a rousing success with only a few minor injuries. If you’re scoring at home, set list at right.

To those who came out, we extend a most sincere thank you. We had a blast. If you took photos/video, please share.

To those of you who couldn’t make it, maybe you’ll have another opportunity to see us make some noise. We just don’t know yet.

For now, we’ve got new stuff for sale: the 10th anniversary “How I Learned to Stop Worrying” vinyl and digital reissue, the "Little Giant Maxi Single" EP, plus back catalog: the "Honey in the Hive" and "This Affair Never Happened… and Here Are 11 Songs About it" LPs.

In the meantime, since we signed up for Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube we might as well maintain a presence… keep an eye out for news & such.

BIG LOVE,

-tbl


The Bigger Lovers release 10th anniversary reissue of debut album, “How I Learned to Stop Worrying” TOMORROW, celebrate with Philly reunion show, THIS SATURDAY

Phase One (a free download of the new track “Little Giant”) and Phase Two (the release of the digital only EP “Little Giant Maxi Single”)  of their semi-reunion complete, Philadelphia guitar-pop faves The Bigger Lovers are swinging for the fences with Phases Three and Four. Tomorrow (Tuesday, March 8) they will release a 10th anniversary reissue of their instantly out-of-print 2001 debut, “How I Learned to Stop Worrying” in remastered vinyl and digital form (buy here).

Then on Saturday (March 12), the band reunites for a hometown show at Johnny Brenda’s (1201 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, Pa.), marking their first performance since 2005, with special guest Dennis Diken (Smithereens drummer) and Bell Sound. Get tickets here.

To say they’re “re-” releasing “How I Learned to Stop Worrying” is a bit of a stretch, considering the album was hardly “released” in the first place. After a prolonged legal battle with a now defunct record label which shall remain nameless (ah, screw it - Mood Food), “Worrying” was released by the similarly now defunct Black Dog label on March 13, 2001. By the time the Lovers returned from a few brief tours later that spring, Black Dog had lost their distribution, effectively rendering the album D.O.A.

Still the band won rabid fans everywhere they went (thirty-something dudes, mostly, who liked to get loaded and discuss The Move at great length) and received raves in the press. The strong critical response never did translate into record sales, but it stoked enough interest that the album became somewhat of a cult classic - handled like a crown jewel when stumbled upon in the used bins or online.

And now, it’s back. Or it’s finally arrived. However you wish to spin it, the 10th anniversary edition of “Worrying” has everything you want in a reissue: a remastering job to please the audiophiles, 180 gram vinyl, bonus tracks (“Needy,” “Private Party”), expanded liner notes and essays, and great music you’ll want to pony up for even if you bought it the first time around.


Feb 20

It has arrived!

Out March 8. Pre-order here.


The Bigger Lovers release first new music in 7 years, the “Little Giant Maxi Single”

Phase one of our reunion began in earnest two weeks ago when we made the song “Little Giant” available as a free download. Phase two kicks in today as we release the digital only EP “Little Giant Maxi Single” via our Miles Above imprint. The EP is currently available at thebiggerlovers.com for the rock bottom price of $4 for five songs (a buck a song if you’re purchasing a la carte). The EP goes on sale Friday via iTunes and Amazon.

The “Little Giant Maxi Single” features our first new music since the 2004 album, “This Affair Never Happened… and Here are Eleven Songs About It.” We recorded the basic tracks in the spring of 2005 in my basement with Tony Goddess (Papas Fritas) lending a hand, only to disband later that year. When we started discussing re-releasing our debut album  “How I Learned to Stop Worrying” for its 10th anniversary (more on that in a bit) we went back to the stuff we recorded with Tony and liked it so much we returned to my basement to finish the tracks last October. Those tracks include a soaring pop song with a looped backbeat (“Little Giant”), acoustic-based songs filled with tempered hope (“Talon Show”), and not-necessarily-fond farewells to departed friends (“I’m Not the Sort”), trippy, lumbering big rock (“All About Regret”), and a remix of “Little Giant” (“Little Giant Dub Goddess Version”).  

The “Little Giant Maxi Single” will be followed on March 8 by the 10th anniversary reissue of our instantly out-of-print 2001 debut, “How I Learned to Stop Worrying” (originally issued on Black Dog Records on March 13, 2001) in remastered vinyl and digital form. It’s the first time the album has appeared in either format. The reissue - which includes two bonus tracks (available digitally) recorded during the original sessions, and expanded liner notes - will be available through thebiggerlovers.com, iTunes, Amazon, and select brick and mortar stores.

To put a bow on the reunion, we’re playing Johnny Brenda’s in Philadelphia on Sat., Mar. 12 to celebrate the new release and the re-release. Tickets are $10 adv/$12 door and they’re available now through the Johnny Brenda’s website. Dennis Diken (Smithereens drummer) and Bell Sound will open.

Until then, enjoy the new tunes, check us out on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter, and feel free to inquire about our availability for well paid house concerts and festival gigs.


Re: Miles

You all remember Bret’s dearly departed tabby Miles, right? He was “The Bigger Lover,” the inspiration behind the band’s name. The largest of Bret’s (at the time) three cats, weighing in around 22 lbs at his huskiest. He wasn’t necessarily fat, just big boned. And mean as a snake. But that was part of his charm. And our new little ‘record label’ Miles Above is named in his honor.


The Bigger Lovers reunite for 10th anniversary reissue of debut album… and a new Maxi-Single… and a hometown show!

Five seasons and change after closing up shop, The Bigger Lovers are reuniting to celebrate the 10th anniversary of our instantly out-of-print 2001 debut, “How I Learned to Stop Worrying” (originally issued on Black Dog Records on March 13, 2001) with a remastered vinyl and digital reissue coming March 8, 2011 on our own Miles Above imprint. It’s the first time the album has appeared in either format. The reissue - which includes two bonus tracks (available digitally) recorded during the original sessions, and expanded liner notes - will be available through thebiggerlovers.com, iTunes, and select brick and mortar stores.

And there’s new music, some of it free: From now (Jan. 18) through Feb. 1, we’re offering the brand new track “Little Giant” as a free download (feel free to post). I can’t begin to tell you how proud we are of this track. Bret (Tobias, guitarist/vocalist) has said repeatedly it’s so good it should be in an Apple commercial. And that’s saying something because it’s Scott’s (bassist/vocalist) tune, meaning Bret won’t get any publishing!  “Little Giant” is the lead track from the “Little Giant Maxi Single,” four tunes (plus a remix) we began recording in the Spring of 2005 and finally got around to finishing last October with our pal Tony Goddess (singer-guitarist of Papas Fritas). It’s available beginning Feb. 1 from thebiggerlovers.com at the rock bottom price of $1 per song, or $4 for the whole thing.  iTunes will carry it as well.     

And since it wouldn’t be a proper reunion without a show, we’re playing Johnny Brenda’s in Philadelphia on Sat., Mar. 12 to celebrate the new release and the re-release. Tickets are $10 adv/$12 day of show and they’re available now through the Johnny Brenda’s website. Dennis Diken (Smithereens drummer) and Bell Sound will open.

What else? We’re now present on every platform that caught fire after we disbanded - Facebook, YouTube, and even Twitter. And as far as the reunion stuff goes, we really don’t know where it will lead. Well paid house concerts and festival gigs? Hey, if you’re offering, we’re listening.

If you need more information/promotional materials/photos, give us a shout: biggerlovers@gmail.com.