Big Casserole Records was formed in 1997 in the Carolina room in the company
of two anoles and a vicious stray who gnawed on the wicker leg of the couch on which Big Casserole Records
Here at Big Casserole we "explore the possibilities of cassette tape." Experimenting
in both 60 and 90 minute modes, we offer the highest in quality of the lower end of the higher quality
cassette sound. Before it closed its doors in June, 2000, many of our artists record at our own Little
Ease Studios, an elegantly cramped recording room, located in a cool, dehumidified Mid-Atlantic cellar.
But, who are we? Are we any good? (You've got a lot of nerve, mister.)
This is not your concern. Your duty and your pleasure are one: To listen. And laugh. And
often doze off. But such are the myriad benefits of music.
There's something about everything
Big Casserole wasn't always called Big Casserole. It wasn't called nothing. It was just schoolchums
(Chris, Jim, Paul, and Mike) hanging out in the basement. These four lads would one day become The Martyrs
though they could just as easily been called "Gilligan's Asshole." They recorded into a tape recorder
for a while, eventually getting a mixer (I think it was a Realistic from Radio Shack), and then one day,
Jim got a 4-track.
Jumping ahead, we find that everyone moves away: Chris
settles north; Paul heads south; then Jim and Mike go south; Jim moves back north, but not as north as
Chris; Mike moves back north; Paul moves west. During these times, all of the off-shoots of the Martyrs
The Martyrs record whenever they get together, but each began writing
and recording music on their own. Now we see the emergence of: The Witner Twins, The Feebs, Library Myth,
and The Throats. Later, Pizazz, The Frustrations, and The Sleeping Brothers. With the addition of two
musical wives, The Martyr family increases to six who, with the help of a couple of guest artists from
time to time, fill out the ranks of the above bands. There were now three four-tracks between them. They
like to record. All the time. They don't play out anywhere, much. At family get-togethers sometimes.
And once, The Martyrs played an open mike night. That was something else!
Nothing up my sleeve
That's all there is to it. In '97, Mike decided to create the semi-non-fictional records label known
as Big Casserole Records.
They like making rock and roll.