Big Light frontman Fred Torphy says that, when pressed up against a wall to describe the band's big rock sound, he'll often say "psychedelic." "We're experimental, but we also keep things tight, songwriting-wise," says Torphy. "Maybe that's where our love for Jeff Tweedy shines through." Quick to shoot down Wilco comparisons, Torphy says that Big Light is more directly influenced by the songwriting of Dire Straits, the arrangements of The Sea & Cake, and the sensibilities of Stephen Malkmus.
Big Light's debut performances featured Nathan Moore (ThaMusement/Surprise Me Mr.Davis) at the helm. After hearing some of those early performances, Apollo Sunshine's Jeremy Black offered to produce their first self-titled EP released in June 2008. After recruiting friend Steve Adams (ALO) to record on the Big Light EP they felt a greater connection and decided he should be more than just a special guest and become a touring member. Singer/guitarist Torphy and multi-instrumentalist Jamie Fordyce have been playing music together since they met as children in Rhode Island. The local San Francisco music scene led them to keyboardist Colin Hoops and Dan Hurley recently expanding Big Light to a six-piece.