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Q&A: New York's Big Ups on the importance of Baltimore and eschewing nihilism
Q&A: New York's Big Ups on the importance of Baltimore and eschewing nihilism

Although the members of Big Ups — a Brooklyn, N.Y.-based four-piece that blends punk, post-punk, noise and metal influences — met at New York University, Baltimore influences are at their core. Singer Joe Galarraga, who grew up in Randallstown and whose mom later moved to Reisterstown, discovered local bands like Double Dagger and Future Islands near the end of his high school years and on college breaks at home. Big Ups’ upcoming album, which does not yet have a title or release date, will have an even stronger hometown connection — it was recorded with Baltimore’s Dan Frome, the bassist of Roomrunner. (It will follow the band's debut, last year's...

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