Giant In My Mind, follows two years of much self-reflection. Big Bus Dream’s Mike Shannon adds: “The record is about jumping, or just crashing through, hurdles over the years – lots of hurdles.” This struggle is felt in the new music.
What they are saying:
“So many stand-out lyrics crop up throughout the project, and thanks to beautiful melodies and natural, peaceful arrangements, these connect on a profound level.” – Stereo Stickman
“This may be Big Bus Dream’s best work by a mile” – Jamsphere Magazine
“A magical, musical journey” – Pitchfork Music
The 2021 release is available now, everywhere.
Mike Shannon’s journey has always been about climbing the steps up the Big Bus. Big Bus Dream, like 4th Ward before, has always been about the distinctiveness of the song, the hook, the colors.
“The sound is original without being trendy”, writes Creative Loafing.
4thward’s 2000 self-titled release debuted #20 on the National CMJ Top 200 charts. Celebrity Cafe awarded the release, “Album of the day!”. The group spent 4 years playing the circuit opening for the likes of Angie Aparo, Hootie and The Blowfish before regrouping as Big Bus Dream.
Big Bus Dream’s 2006 self-titled debut earned Editor’s Pick by CD Baby and 8 of 10 stars by Americana UK, as well as topping the main European music site charts. Several tracks found their way onto MTV’s Pimp My Ride, Breaking Amish, as well as film (MY life as Abraham Lincoln) and TV (WBTV documentaries). The Jesters of Xmas Town (2008) continued the band’s songwriting and recording success: “a Leonard Cohen twist and folky edge but a Mercury Rev alternative feel and vibe, it’s a smooth but edgy track with great creative lyrics and a distinctive sound that sounds current” – LondonFM