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Interview:
Big Gigantic gets its Freaky Deaky on for Masonic show
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Big Gigantic's home of choice in the Detroit area has largely been the Royal Oak Music Theatre. But the Colorado electronic duo is looking forward to some new scenery via this weekend's Freaky Deaky Halloween Costume Party at Masonic Temple.

"That was a big discussion," says drummer Jeremy Salken, who's released five albums with saxophonist/producer Dominic Lalli since 2008. "We've done Royal Oak a bunch of times, and it was a great home for us for a very long time. And we've done everything around there, too; we've played Grand Rapids, played Kalamazoo...

"There was just talk about wanting us to play somewhere else and we heard the Masonic is just crazy, like a really cool venue and a kind of historic place. So we're pumped. We're gonna be throwing a huge party, and hopefully we'll get a lot of people there to rage with us."

The show is also part of Big Gigantic's fall Touch the Sky Tour, named after a track from its latest album, "The Night is Young." Salken says he and Lalli have been pleased with the reception for the set, but they're also "a handful" of tracks in towards their next album, which fans may be hearing bits of throughout the tour.

"Dom is always producing, so we're working on new stuff pretty much consistently, all the time," Salken says. "We make them at home, on the road -- we're always tweaking it. We like to play it out live and mess with the stuff and see what the crowds thing. The tracks get workshopped a little bit, the way they would in a normal band, which is what we were used to being in before we did Big Gigantic.

"So we know something is coming, just not exactly when yet. There's a ton of ideas and it's just a matter of us getting them into shape and then getting enough of them to make a new album. In the meantime we jsut get out there and play and have a great time."

The Freaky Deaky Halloween Costume Party with Big Gigantic, Paper Diamond and Manic Focus

Saturday, Oct. 25. Doors open at 8 p.m.

Masonic Temple, 500 Temple St., Detroit.

Tickets are $30 in advance, $40 day of show.

Call 313-832-7100 or visit www.themasonic.com and www.thecrofoot.com.

Web Site: www.thecrofoot.com

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