Savage and the Big Beat, Landrest, Switchblade Razors, Turtle Rush
Max and Ryan Cortez started Savage and the Big Beat in the mid 2000's. While still a duo, Savage released Jurassic Park: The Musical, a musical tribute to Michael Crichton's novel and Steven Spielburg's (Jeff Goldblum's) film. It was tremendously successful and made Max and Ryan very, very wealthy. They went out into the city and spent and spent and spent. Then, one day, they reached into their pockets and found nothing there. They began working for a local farmer, grateful to eat the pods the pigs feasted on, when they remembered the loving arms of the father they had yet to meet, Kyle Irion, and came back to Denton. Kyle joined the group in December of 2012, adding a sonic heft, an audible Biggie Size.
In September of 2013, Savage released their first studio-produced EP, "Love and Hunting," produced by Roy Robertson.
In March 2013, Savage bought some buttons.
In 2013, Savage released "We are Defenders," a spiritual sequel to "Love and Hunting," featuring a more aggressive, more ray-gun like sound.
"SuperLab" was released Halloween of 2013 just for the spooky fun of it. This was Savage's third collaboration with recorder/mixer/wizard Andrew Majors.
In 2014, Savage welcomed Rolf Nelson their new Big Beat.
Also in 2014, guitar player Kyle Irion wondered where he fit in to the group, whether he was part of the Savage or the Big Beat or if he was some amorphous part of the "and the."
"Though they've been playing shows in Denton for the past couple of years, Savage and the Big Beat have yet to release a proper full-length album.
Well, actually, that's not entirely true. Last year, Max Brown and Ryan Cortez released an 18-track soundtrack to a parody musical based on Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park. Not counting that, though, the twosome has only released a handful of somewhat lo-fi EPs.
And although their upcoming Love and Hunting release still won't see them exploring full-length territory just yet, it nonetheless marks a big leap forward for the former drums- and piano-based duo. Aside from being the most polished tracks they've put out to date, the addition of guitarist Kyle Irion has beefed up the already frenzied clanking of the band's theatrical-rooted piano-heavy sound. In a good way, too: The fact that Brown's vocals so closely resemble Freddie Mercury's when paired with the band's musical theater leanings will surely draw some obvious comparisons upon the disc's release."
-Cory Graves, CentralTrack.com
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