The Boston-based psychedelic punk rock trio, The Big Sway, have released “Gun Fun in Rifle City,” the second single off their forthcoming second full-length LP and video album, We Made This For You (Summer 2022). The genre-defying band has already built a reputation for their raucous live sound and ability to traverse vast musical landscapes, often within a single song. Combining elements of punk, noise-rock, psychedelic, garage-rock and funk, there is a spirit of experimentation and immediacy to their music reminiscent of Frank Zappa or Hüsker Dü, with a tinge of primal esoteric a la Primus or King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard.
Having shared stages with the likes of Bernie Worrell, Pile, and The Dear Hunter, and through consistent gigging and tours reaching from Canada to the Caribbean, The Big Sway has worked hard to build a family of loyal fans and supporters who revel in the band’s endless ambition to create engaging music and art, often times against the odds. Simply put, Mike Grenier (Drums), Joe MacFadzen (Bass/Vocals/Art) and Tim Zucco (Guitar/Vocals/Art) are proving that high quality DIY can be done, and they are inspiring others to do the same.
Their forthcoming album, We Made This For You, was originally slated for a pre-pandemic 2020 release, but when the whole world changed overnight, the band decided to reimagine the nature of the project and how it should be released. From the onset, the music featured on WMTFY represented a huge artistic leap from their 2017 debut LP, Ground Up, but as the pandemic set in, the creative concept of the WMTFY grew. Bassist and visual artist Joe MacFadzen set out to assemble a roster of fellow Boston-based video artists to turn WMTFY into a fully visual, online experience. A unique music video was created for each of the nine songs on the album by a team of eight genuine artists, each stuck at home, eager to create, and to collaborate with one of Boston’s most beloved DIY bands. Together, the videos coalesce into a multi-artist, multimedia full video album that serves not only as a time capsule from the first years of the pandemic, but as a gift of honest art, expression and entertainment to a hurting world.
On May 19th, the band unveils the second audio-visual offering from We Made This For You – “Gun Fun in Rifle City.” This wild west of a song was recorded in Boston at The Record Co. and Q Division Studios by Sean Cahalin, and mastered by Bob Weston of Chicago Mastering Services. The music video was written, filmed and edited by J.P. DiSciscio of Overdue Films, and produced by The Big Sway’s own Joe MacFadzen.
Quote from Joe MacFadzen about “Gun Fun in Rifle City”: ‘Gun Fun’ is very much the wildcard song on the album. The Big Sway has a deep back-catalog of old songs that have never been recorded or released, and with each album, we like to dust one of them off and include it with the newer ones. For We Made This For You, “Gun Fun in Rifle City” is that song, and is actually the third song that Tim and I ever wrote together. We wrote it in my mom’s toolshed fifteen years ago before the band even had a name, and it has stuck around in our setlist ever since.
The video is a sort of live-action Looney Tunes / New England western, with technique and aesthetic inspired by the silent movies of Buster Keaton. It was pure luck that I moved in next door to J.P. right before the pandemic. We became fast friends, and when I told him about The Big Sway’s video project, he wanted in. I was able to learn a lot about film-making from J.P. It was really a great experience. I made the props, designed the costumes, starred as “The Outlaw,” and provided food and coffee for the crew. Working with J.P. on this project from start to finish was a welcome creative challenge during the cold winter months of the pandemic.