Big Bus Dream consists of Mike Shannon who started the band in 2006 and is the songwriter, guitarist and vocalist. He is joined by Chick Tsikouras (previously Pat Methany and Mamas & Papas) on guitar plus song writing. The band’s debut album, “The Jesters of Xmas Town” was released in 2008.
The band describe their music as social comment echoing the likes of John Lennon and Lou Reed. In fact, the general vibe of the album with it’s acoustic roots with more electrified arrangements is said to evoke Reed’s “Transformer”.
For me when listening to the album the names that sprung to mind were Tom Waits, Warren Zevon and Tom Petty. I have a Warren Zevon album but it isn’t something that I listen to all that often. I like it when I dig it out, but it isn’t something that screams play me very often. This brand of adult orientated rock just doesn’t light my fire and whilst I would describe the majority of the album as an OK listen, there are a few tracks such as the Talking Heads like “Laughing” and spacey “Here I Am” that actually tipped the balance and I found annoying. The most successful tracks for me were ones like “Mary’s Spoken” and “Letting Go’ which fitted in to the pleasant, but perhaps not overly exciting category.
A bit of a rambling album with hippy tendencies that reminds me of a quirky road trip movie. At the end of the movie you wonder what it was all about and why you stayed up watching it and didn’t go to bed earlier.