It doesn’t get much bigger than Halloween for Big Something. For the fifth consecutive year, the Burlington-based band is putting together the Big Something Costume Ball in Raleigh.
“This show is so significant that it trumps our New Year’s Eve show, which will also be in Raleigh,” vocalist-guitarist Nick McDaniels says while calling from his Burlington home. “This is hands down my favorite show of the year for a number of reasons. It pushes us to be creative in terms of what we wear and what kind of production we’ll have.”
Last year, the members of Big Something, which will perform Friday at the Lincoln Theatre, dressed as zombies and covered “Thriller.” In 2012, they rocked the stage as astronauts, and in 2011 the band posed as mad scientists.
“That was a blast,” McDaniels recalls. “We played Oingo Boingo’s ‘Weird Science.’ ”
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What will this year’s theme be?
“You’ll have to show up to find out,” McDaniels says. “We’re looking forward to it for a bunch of other reasons.”
The biggest reason Big Something is so stoked about this year’s costume party is that is also the group’s CD release party – “Truth Serum” dropped on Tuesday.
“Truth Serum” itself may hold clues to the band’s costume picks on Friday. Could the shark photo on the cover indicate a nautical theme? And then there are the early tracks. “Megalodon” (an extinct species of shark) is the initial single off “Truth Serum,” and “Captain D,” which has a seafaring flavor, is the second track.
“Everyone will find out what we’re doing soon enough,” McDaniels says. “But I know how everyone feels since I can’t wait to see what costumes people will be wearing. People go all out. They go in to our photo booth and have a blast.”
Last year’s female winner was a jellyfish, and the man of the hour was a guy clad as a green toy soldier. “He was covered in green from head to toe,” McDaniels says. “He was awesome.”
But even though it’s a Halloween party, the core of the event is music. Expect a wild sonic amalgam of funk, jazz, rock and reggae.
“We’re all over the place,” McDaniels says. “But that’s the way we like it. That’s why we’re called Big Something. The name covers how we are as a band. We don’t hold ourselves to the standard of anybody else. We do what we want to do. That goes for our music, which is wildly diverse and it goes for our shows. What we do is always going to be fun and it’ll be big, especially Halloween night.”