As someone who loves exploring local music scenes, it’s been a pleasure checking out some of the bands here in Philly. The fact that Philadelphia has a rich and vibrant culture of artists who are dedicated to their crafts, be they musicians, painters, sculptors, or performance artists, is one of my favorite things about this city. As with many towns, the noise ratio is high, however, so when searching for a good venue or a good act, one must look closely. I seem to get lucky more often than not.
The date was July 9, 2012. I was simply looking for something to do on a Monday night with my girlfriend and so we decided to check out some live music. The North Star Bar in Fairmount was having a show as part of their Victorian Dining Room Series, featuring three acts. This is where I was introduced to Bite Size Giant.
Bite Size Giant is an alternative rock group from the Borough of West Chester, PA. Made up of lead vocalist and guitarist Tristan Kaupas, bassist Amanda Hershey, and drummer Adam Pierson, the band is a simple yet dynamic outfit with a passion for rock music with a tongue-in-cheek edge. BSG was formed in December of 2011 after the three met while attending West Chester University and almost immediately began to play regular shows, the most recent being at Connie’s Ric Rac near Passayunk Square.
Their music ranges from tunes with heavy distortion and loud percussion, to songs more reliant on vocal harmonies and simple structure. Bite Size Giant’s lyrical themes run the gamut from relationships, to rebellion, to the inevitable zombie apocalypse, something the band is heavily interested in.
As a group that mainly performs but rarely records, there isn’t a whole lot to be heard that isn’t live. However, you can check out their SoundCloud page for a few tracks, available for listen and download.