The Backstreet Boys, 'N Sync, and Mandy Moore are undoubtedly Orlando's leading claims to pop fame. But a newcomer is threatening to add its name to the roster. The rock quartet Big 10-4 makes what might kindly be called bubblegum-flavor crack disguised as music. After getting their start from a string of opening acts, the O-Town boys each irresistibly doe-eyed and shaggy-haired, natch have graduated to headlining status.The foursome’s debut album, Testing the Atmosphere, showcases twelve tracks perfectly suited to the wide range of teen emotions. For those in the throes of their first romance, there is “Oxygen,” a sensitive piano ditty for young lovers. The album’s first single, “Walking Disaster,” is an anthem for the angst-ridden, with its alt-rock edge and lyrics that fairly scream self-doubt and confusion. Big 10-4’s radio-friendly sound might be something you’d expect to hear in the background as your little sister watches Laguna Beach, but don’t be surprised if you find yourself not only singing along but also learning every word.
Big 10-4 performs with the Paper Treason at 10:00 p.m. Saturday, January 13, at Studio A, 60 NE 11th St, Miami, Tickets cost $10. Call 305-358-7625 for more information.