After twelve years, nearly 50,000 albums sold independently (before Facebook, myspace and itunes), and acquiring a lifetime of stories, the members of Gainesville, Florida based Big Sky played their final full scale national tour in early 2005.
Big Sky’s definitive studio album aptly titled, This Monstrosity, echoed what this humble five-piece rock band endured over the years together. With little gas in the tank, several line-up changes and a nasty split with management, Big Sky wanted to set the record straight. “The only thing we had were the songs we wrote in the middle of that mess. We knew we had something genuine and real,” reflects former front man Mark Gaignard.
With a “who cares, let’s just rock” honesty about it, the 13 song album This Monstrosity was more focused, polished, and the hooks hit much harder than on past recordings. Lyrically, Big Sky took a more heart-felt approach. On the single David Bowie, Mark Gaignard sings sarcastically of what it might be like to be famous, while at the same time, paying homage to some of music’s greats. He spouts off his feelings on the state of music on the alt rocker Cellophane. But it’s Tomorrow, the band’s autobiography, that Gaignard sums it all up for Big Sky. “If tomorrow never comes, could you leave these things behind? If tomorrow never comes, was it just a waste of time?”
Since This Monstrosity was never released digitally, Backspace Records is proud to re-release it along with Big Sky’s back catalog.
Very much still a family, only far apart in distance, the members of Big Sky support each other in their new endeavors and have a bond that few people will ever know. Very much still a family, only far apart in distance, the members of Big Sky support each other in their new endeavors and have a bond that few people will ever know.
Big Sky still continues to get together for select gigs in their strongest markets bringing there always high energy showman ship to its still large and loyal fan following. As for future albums:
Only time will tell…
Big Sky reunites when possible, and lately have had the opportunity to reunite with the fans as well!
October 10, 2013 Clematis By Night, West Palm Beach, FL
Stream Big Sky’s album This Monstrosity in it’s entirety.