“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.”
— M. Ace, Ookworld.com
“... 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.
— Lewis Wittington, Philadelphia Forum
“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.”
— Thing
“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.”
— Margit Detweiler, City Paper
“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!”
— City Paper
“An eclectic personality, perverse humor, and sophisticated musicianship make the Big Mess Orchestra the linchpin of Philadephia’s mod cabaret culture.”
— Jonathan Takiff, The Philadelphia Daily News
“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”
— Pulse