Interview – Big Lonely

By: Remington Fioraso

Big Lonely is a indie rock band from Burlington, Ontario. The group is formed of Jake Heise on Guitar/Vocals, Cole Mortillaro on Drums, T. J. Bowman on Bass, and Ciaran Downes on Guitar/Vocals. They released their first full-length release entitled “Close Your Eyes, Keep Talking” on December 5, 2014. I had a chance to chat with Jake Heise about the band, their music and more, so continue reading to find out more.

How was the release party for Close Your Eyes, Keep Talking?

It went better than any of us could have imagined. We had a ton of people come out and support the show and all of the bands that played were amazing. It was really wild; people were crowd surfing and hanging off poles and stuff. Ciaran did a stage dive while playing guitar at the end of our set and I think it was the coolest thing I’ve ever seen.

What have been fan receptions to the album so far?

It seems to be going over really well; we’ve received lots of positive feedback so far so that has been really encouraging.

Whom, or what, have been the inspirations when writing the tracks?

When I was really young I remember my dad showing me music that his band made and I thought it was really cool. I think I just want my future children to think I’m cool when I show them our music.

Who are your main influences?

It was the local music scene in Burlington while I was growing up that sort of sparked my interest in starting a band, but stylistically my main influences come from Brand New, The Strokes, and Modest Mouse.

How did the idea of an extreme table hockey come to be?

Cole and I live together in London, Ontario currently, and I brought up an awesome tabletop hockey table at the beginning of the year. I wasn’t sure how much use it was going to get but it quickly turned into the source of a heated rivalry between the two of us. I think at one point in the video we both forgot that the camera was even there, we were just focusing on the game.

What is next in store for Big Lonely?

At this point, we’re going to focus on doing more music videos, and playing as many shows as possible. We really want this album to reach as many people as it possibly can, so we’ll be doing everything we can do to make that happen.

In typical Canadian Beats fashion, here are some ‘fun’ questions to allow fans to get to know you a bit more!

Who in Big Lonely is the best at table hockey?

I am the undisputed champion of the band.

Who is your favourite hockey team?

The Blue Team!

What is your favourite dessert?


What was the last album you purchased?

The Kerouacs (self titled)

Who are your favourite Canadian artists?

Texas King, The Kerouacs, OL’CD, Olivia & The Creepy Crawlies, The Almighty Rhombus, and Oh Geronimo

Finally, is there anything else you would like to say to your fans?

Listen to the new album if you haven’t heard it yet! And come see us live!

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