Big Gigantic on its return to Rowdytown

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Steve Conry

When Big Gigantic played Red Rocks last year, the feeling of hometown pride was unmistakable. As the act went into "Colorado Mountain High," a giant projection of the state flag draped the rocks, and the crowd went absolutely bananas. The duo ended up delivering its best set ever. That said, this year's return of Rowdytown -- which is being preceded by a second show at the Fillmore the night before, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting flood victims -- is highly anticipated. In advance of the return, we spoke with Dominic Lalli and Jeremy Salken about the recent flooding in their hometown and more.

See also: Photos: The Road to Rowdytown, a look behind the scenes with Big Gigantic

Britt Chester

Westword: I saw that you have some benefit activity for Boulder at the shows coming up. Can you tell me a little bit more about that?

Jeremy Salken: Obviously the floods are an awful thing, and we missed it because of tour, so at the Fillmore we are donating a portion of the proceeds to benefit the relief and rescue efforts in Boulder. We teamed up with Conscious Alliance, who already have a local draw for helping people who really need it. We teamed up with them to figure out the right place for all of it to go, whether food or house items or donations. It's going to be really cool.

How does Boulder look from your view?

Dominic Lalli: Man, not good, not good. I went walking by my place down near the Boulder creek path, and I was like, "Dang, there's just water there now." It's crazy.

It's terrible that this is what you come back to. On a more upbeat note, how was your summer tour?

Dominic Lalli: We did a bunch of festivals, and just kicked off our Sky High tour on the West Coast, which was awesome. And now we're back working on our album a little bit, and getting ready for the next leg of the Sky High tour.

When is that album set for release?

DL: We were really trying to get it released before Red Rocks, but being on the road makes it so hard to really make that happen, and do it right. So, we are just going to wait on it until the beginning of next year. We did that with Nocturnal last year, but it was worth it to wait. We will release some singles leading up to it, and it will come pretty quick. And it will be awesome.

Given your experience sitting in on sets at festivals -- like Big GRiZMatik, for instance -- or whomever may be headlining at the time, I wanted to talk about what the future holds for Big Gigantic, the duo, and Big Gigantic, the collaborators.

DL: I'll tell you that a lot of the stuff randomly comes up. With Big GRiZmatik, it was super thrown together last minute at Electric Forest. We basically booked two late-night shows, and that's about as organized as it got. In terms of everything else, maybe Jeremy sitting in, or me sitting in, all that stuff is pretty much day-of, or day-before the show. I think that part of us, and the regular Big Gigantic, as a duo part, is where we both came from. We grew up jamming with other people, and just making music. I think it's pretty intertwined, and we hope to do that more. We are down for whatever.

As it stands now, are you planning on keeping Big Gigantic as just a duo, or maybe expanding?

DL: I feel like Big G is definitely just me and Jeremy, but we are always open to jam. I don't foresee us adding anyone, per se. Unless, Jeremy thinks so...

JS: Probably not. It seems like it's working. It's fun, and it's cool because we can always have people sit in, and it really adds to the show and makes it special. When it comes down to it, it's just the two of us.

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