Music, City Picks

Big and Small

When: Tue., July 3 2012

Adam Chase has long been a familiar face on the Charleston music scene, arriving with his brother Matt as the core of Black Eyed Susan, sticking around as Elise Testone’s drummer in Emotive, and heading back out with Phish cover band Strange Design. That group proved to be his most successful Since Phish reunited, however, Strange Design has taken a backseat, and Chase has done numerous stints with Seepeoples and the Afromotive. During his transition periods, Chase took time to begin writing his own songs, returning from drums to the keyboard, an instrument on which he began his musical pursuits at the age of five. Those tunes are now on display as Big and Small, a duo project with collaborator Mandy Philips. “This is my first project where I write all the music, sing lead, and front the band,” says Chase, chatting with City Paper on his way home from catching a two-night Phish run in Portsmouth, Va. “I’m kind of nervous about it since there is a lot more vulnerability as a singer as opposed to just a drummer.” Original tracks like “Chicago” and “David Byrne” find Chase singing through dense filters, accompanied by samples, synthesizers, and melodic keyboard riffs. Big and Small is at work on a debut album, due for release in the fall. Their Home Team appearance this week marks just the fourth concert by the new band. Although Carolina music fans might be reminded of couple/bandmates Eymarel, once a familiar face in Charleston, Chase clarifies that Big and Small “is going a little more for the indie rock thing than the jam thing,” adding, “I want to make our live shows more vocal driven and concise.” Visit for more. —Stratton Lawrence

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