“I like to think of Big Mess as a mutinous high school orchestra that tossed their adult director overboard and sailed off to wander the seven seas of music.”
“... a musically diverse cabal capable of anything from a soundtrack for schizophrenia to a percolating rendition of “Black Coffee” to the raunchiest version of “The Little Drummer Boy” you’ll ever hear.
“The Big Mess features bandleader Andy Bresnan and some of the city’s most talented and versatile musicians. This event, hosted by the ‘alluring’ Carlota Ttendant, is a mix of great music, vaudeville, wild performances, and of course, the classic ‘Off- our- backs- on- to- yours’ striptease auction.”
“With a pinch of kitsch and a dash of re-hash, you have the inimitable Big Mess Orchestra...Big Mess is a tight, oompah-ing 11-piece band that does songs like ‘More Than a Feeling’ or Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ (sung by the bouncing Shirley Temple-esque Buongiorno Twins to bleating horn accompaniment), or a reggae take on Beethoven’s 7th.”
“Pop song stylings by a big band orchestra. Torch singers who take off their clothes to tunes like ‘Manic Depression!’ Really good performance art. We’ll say it again: a better time you could not have!”
“An eclectic personality, perverse humor, and sophisticated musicianship make the Big Mess Orchestra the linchpin of Philadephia’s mod cabaret culture.”
“It’s a cartoon-and-cabaret vision with local actors and band members in on the mayhem...To that end, BMO’s debut CD, A Little Trash Goes a Long Way, celebrates madcap theatricality with lounge versions of Boston’s ‘More Than a Feeling’ sharing space with twisted adaptations from Bizet to Bowie, Beethoven to Brian Eno”