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Big D dreams of guns & liquor

By Ash Wittig
Gazette Writer

Boston-based ska band Big D and the Kid's Table is comprised of seven guys whose collective manifesto is to rock your world. Their recently released album, Porch Life, made it into the public's grasp following a year of deliberation.

According to bassist Steve Foote, "It's a joke CD; we just wanted to put out some gangster rap that we had made to entertain ourselves."

Porch Life comes from an idea the band had for a video game.

"We wanted to invent a video game where you just sit on your porch all day with a shotgun and a 40 of booze, shooting your neighbours," Foote reveals. Oh, those silly Americans.

The band has named Montreal their home-away-from-home for many reasons, but mostly because "they have full contact lap dances there," according to Foote. Not to mention, their love for Canada lies in our "really good weed."

Big D and the Kid's Table played the Warped Tour this year and Foote claims they had an amazing time.

"We met a lot of really cool people and we built up an even bigger fan base," Foote says.

It wasn't all rock n' roll though -a lot of the experience was driving from place to place.

"Usually we'll play a show, go home, crash out and wake up the next morning," Foote says. "But [the Warped Tour] was completely different from any tour we had ever done before; every night it was crazy." In the past couple years, ska music has seen an incredible boom and then a slow decline. Of course, there is still an audience for ska, as exemplified by the success of bands like Big D and the Kid's Table, but it has become a bit more challenging to get the music into the limelight.

"Ska blew up because Sublime started getting huge, No Doubt broke out as well as the Mighty Mighty Bosstones," Foote states. "I think as it got more popular there were just too many bands trying to do the same thing."

According to Foote, the amount of people trying to carbon copy good ska bands became too much for the scene and it began to lose it's originality.

"I think also that people would go to see high school ska bands and they would just suck, so a lot of people got turned off of that type of music because of these really bad bands," Foote asserts.

Collectively, Big D and the Kid's Table have an extremely eclectic range of influences.

"We love classic rock and a lot of people are into jazz," Foote states. "We take our biggest motivation, though, from bands who were on the scene before we were."

As for the band's fans, they just keep growing and growing, Foote says.

"It's kind of creepy having people out there who you don't know, but who adore your music," Foote notes. "It makes us feel good, though, that we create music that people can get into. That's pretty rewarding."

Looking at the forum on their Web site, it's obvious Big D has gained popularity with time.

"At the beginning it was all people from Boston leaving notes in our guestbook, but now it's people in Canada and all over Europe as well," Foote enthuses.

Asked what they wished Big D fans would take away from one of their shows, Foote remarks, "All of our merchandise, a good feeling inside and the need to hear more."



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