It's some kind of accomplishment for local artists to exact such enthusiastic crowd response using original material. And though much of that comes thanks to near-constant gigging, O'Hara thinks distributing a live recording of their December 23, 2008, show has been a huge factor. "I never appreciated a record until I made a 21-track record that people listen to and come in and sing along to," he says. "Then I was like, 'Wow, I gotta go in and make another record that's sonically superior.'"

Another so-called serendipitous chain of events, beginning with New York City club owner Josh Boyd's entrance into the lounge one night, brought that opportunity to life. Boyd invited the Big Bounce to play at his posh East Village club, Ella, and it was then, in the fall of 2008, when the plane-hopping began.

About six months ago, O'Hara says, he told Boyd he wanted to make a record, and Boyd, in turn, found studio engineer and drummer Kevin Tooley, who had played with New Wave band the Mundanes in the '80s. When O'Hara first saw Tooley, he recalled a random occurrence (hello, serendipity!) that cemented the connection: "Come to find out that the guy had seen me play down here [in Miami] and said, 'Hey, man, I'm dying to make some music,' and ran home and got a kick and a snare and came back."

The Big Bounce: It tastes good, they swear.
The Big Bounce: It tastes good, they swear.

Location Info


Colony Theatre

1040 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Category: Movie Theaters

Region: South Beach


The Big Bounce CD-release party: 8 p.m. Friday, March 19. Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach. Tickets cost $25 to $30 and include a preshow cocktail reception and a copy of the album. 305-674-1030;

Six months later, this past New Year's Day, O'Hara, Rodney, Tooley, and multi-instrumentalist Robert Aaron drove a rental car from LaGuardia Airport to the remote, live-in Leopard Studio in Stone Ridge, New York. Over four days, they laid down the 15 tracks that would become Champagne & Apple Juice. And with the finished result, they're hoping their trajectory will change and they'll land more headlining gigs. "The Big Bounce will always be a live band," O'Hara says, "but we're trying to make a record that tugs on the shirt sleeves of Dave Matthews and John Legend and says, 'Hey, you're not alone.'"

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