cheers to the fourth estate // photo by Jake Cox

“Uniquely beautiful… a group of guys wearing ties, vests, and sometimes turtlenecks have delivered a shot of happiness straight to my gut. I’m not talking about that fake filtered happiness we often chase. No, I’m talking about the happiness that comes from taking it one day at a time and appreciating the small things. Which is just the feeling I get when listening to Big Dopes. … Crimes Against Gratitude is in the running for my top 5 albums of the year. It came out of nowhere for me, but hit at the right time and in the right way.” Robert Mayper, TASTE MUSIC

“The trio’s songs combine a rich, moody low end courtesy Justin Catanzaro’s bass and Eddie Schmid’s rich vocals. Intricate melodies and dynamic rhythms with the band, including drummer Ricky Brewer, [give] the songs a rare expressiveness and vibrancy. Schmid’s lyrics seem to come from poignantly observational biographical snapshots. In telling these stories the band tells the story of a generation coming to terms with diminished future possibilities but refusing to give into despair yet finding a way to cope with creativity and empathy rather than callousness.” – Tom Murphy, QUEEN CITY SOUNDS AND ART

“You’ll find that the band’s creative output is clever instead of crass and assiduous instead of sloppy. They’re likelier to hit up a library over a frat house-style party — if their trademark turtlenecks and sweaters are anything to go by. This is not to say that vocalist and guitarist Eddie Schmid (who you might know from the Denver dream-pop band, Oxeye Daisy), bassist Justin Catanzaro and percussionist Ricky Brewer are starchy stiffs, either. The music video captures the band’s professional yet lighthearted personality, endearing the viewer to them even more than their name does (who can’t love a big dope?). – Josie Russell, 303 MAGAZINE [“Don’t Get Up” music video premiere]

Colorado Public Radio – featured artist in October 2019 for the Local 303 on Indie 102.3

“Don’t Get Up” music video — official selection for Denver Film Festival / 303 Magazine’s Local Music Video Mixtape festival, November 2019