Closing Party and Festival Awards
The foundations for the gritty lo-fi Chicago rock quintet Big Buildings began back in the late â€˜90â€™s when childhood friends Matt Maloney (vocals, guitar) and Michael Wood (vocals, guitar) furiously exchanged four-track cassette tapes via post. In early 2001, Maloney, then playing in a variety of San Francisco bands, paid Wood a visit in Chicago to bash out an eight-song demo. Maloney relocated to Chicago in early 2002 and the initial trio of Big Buildings began playing the club circuit. 2007 found Big Buildings transitioning to a five-man line-up, and the band recorded its fourth release Wampum (2008, Stars/No Stars), an increasingly catchy slice of murky psychedelic rock, recorded almost entirely by the band to 4-track cassette.