THE RECORD LABEL

We're all about sourcing and playing rare vinyl, as well as giving the artists we love a place to share their music, which is why our latest evolution makes so much sense. This fall, Big Star is releasing the debut album of our new in-house record label, Big Star Recording Co. Years in the making, our label seeks to publish current artists and re-release forgotten acts who have inspired and influenced us over the years.

First up? Ben Clarke of Quarter Mile Thunder, a badass artist and longtime member of the Big Star team.

BUCKING THE TIGER BY QUARTER MILE THUNDER

NOW AVAILABLE FOR DIGITAL DOWNLOAD ON BANDCAMP

Storied Midwestern songsmith Ben Clarke’s latest LP as Quarter Mile Thunder, Bucking The Tiger, delves deeper into the softly electrified pastoral Americana he’s been pursuing for over half a decade, inspired by everything from delta blues and Talk Talk to Townes Van Zandt and Spiritualized. Across seven songs the album unfurls a pensive, layered, and personal vision of country-leaning roots music, a culmination of Clarke’s journey as a songwriter. 

Recorded and assembled at an array of acclaimed studios – including his late mentor Jay Bennett’s Pieholden Suite Sound in Chicago, Elliot Smith’s New Monkey in Los Angeles, and Key Club in Benton Harbour, Michigan – Tiger also benefited from additional production contributions by Father John Misty collaborator (and Clarke’s ex-bandmate) David Vandervelde. A respected solo artist in his own right for the Secretly Canadian label, Vandervelde’s assistance with arrangements helped distill the melodies into organic, emotive narratives, ideally suited for Clarke’s uniquely spacious vocal phrasings.

Pick up a limited-edition vinyl copy at Big Star ($20)

Also available from our friends at Reckless Records. If digital downloads are more your speed, you can find Bucking the Tiger on any of these wonderful platforms: