It's been a remarkable few years for Kacey Underwood and Alice Costelloe, the London-based duo better known as Big Deal. After meeting in 2010 when Kacey taught Alice some songs on guitar, the twists and turns of their on-going relationship has been documented via their catalogue of intense rock-pop songs. "Our relationship has always given us plenty of inspiration to write music." Costelloe says....
Having received widespread acclaim for their first two albums, 2011's 'Lights Out' and 2013's 'June Gloom', the band were invited to join Depeche Mode on tour. "Something clicked for us during that time," they explain. "Touring with them made us realise we had been hiding when we should be stepping in to the light." This realisation resulted in the band adopting a stronger, bolder attitude to making music.
Released via FatCat Records, 'Say Yes', the band's third studio album, began as an entirely self-funded project. "We had to borrow money to get the album made--it was very risky," explains Costelloe. The task was only made more challenging when the duo's laptop, containing demos and ideas for the new record, was stolen in December of 2014. "We had to start everything from scratch--it was fight or flight and we decided to fight," they say. "Pretty much everything that could fall apart for us, did. This included parting with our label [Mute], breaking up a relationship, band members leaving and losing all of our music when my apartment was broken in to. We didn't want to give up, or revel in our misery. We decided instead to try and turn it into something magic."
Following a 10-day recording window during the summer of 2015, the duo road tested the new material while touring with Drenge and Peace, before approaching a number of labels.
"It was not an easy period but we decided to see it all as some sort of blessing," Underwood explains. As with 'June Gloom' additional support came from outside, in this case Dom Boyce from Peace, who guest spots the drums, and full-time members Jessica Batour [Drums] and Jesse Wong [Bass].
Typically confessional, it's hard not to connect with the raw honesty of the lyrics on 'Say Yes'. Sonically the record still sounds very much like Big Deal, but it evidences a certain newfound confidence, the pair explain "We've done everything backwards. Most bands spend a few years figuring themselves out before releasing a record. We released a record and then have spent a few years finding ourselves."
'Say Yes' is arguably the most open and emotionally provocative of all their works, "We've always been pretty private about our relationship within the band, but feel more comfortable talking about it for this record, as it's pivotal in the placement of our career." they explain. "It's about taking all kinds of heartbreak and defeat, and just looking at it dead in the eye and going for it."
In many ways, 'Say Yes' can be seen as the final chapter of the band's first instalment. "The first one [album] was about not being together, the second one about being together, the third is about breaking up and trying to make sense of it all," Costelloe explains, frankly. "The three albums in effect make one enormous concept record."
Fatcat Youtube video update
Posted on Wed, 29th June, 2016
We have just updated the FatCat YouTube channel playlists with new videos we have found. Here are some of the best.
C Duncan does a great interview in Liverpool Sound City, where
he talks about his Mercury Music Prize nomination and his up-coming second
album. You can watch it here.
C Duncan plays a few songs live at Sound City Liverpool. You can check it out here.
Big Deal do a brilliant live session in which they play Swapping Split from their album June Gloom. You can watch it here.
Honeyblood play their song Bud live from BBC Music at the Quay in Glasgow. Watch it here.
Stina Tweeddale from Honeyblood does a great interview where she talks about the bands lyrics and inspirations on the band. You can watch it here.
TRAAMS play their songs, Low, Flowers and Klaus live at Screensaver in London. Check it out here.
TRAAMS does an excellent interview and talk about memories of the formation of the band and their favorite albums. Watch it here.
PAWS does a brilliant live session for The Skinny in which they play An Honest Romance. You can watch It here.
Big Deal's 'Say Yes' OUT NOW!
Posted on Fri, 10th June, 2016
Released via FatCat Records on a limited edition blue 12" vinyl, 'Say Yes' is the third studio album from Big Deal and is out now. If you haven't already, you can pick up a copy direct from the FatCat store HERE.
DIY Premiere Big Deal's 'Say Yes'
Posted on Fri, 3rd June, 2016
Big Deal Session On Radio X Tonight
Posted on Tue, 24th May, 2016
Big Deal will be playing a four track session for the John Kennedy show on Radio X tonight from 10pm
You can listen to it here