Big Dismal Biography

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Birth Place: Florida
Genres: Christian Rock

Big Dismal was a Florida based post-grunge Christian Rock band featuring vocalist Eric Durrance, guitarist Chuck Shea, bassist Gary Sobel, and drummer Jeff Chomin. Before the band found its way to Wind-Up, it was essentially just Durrance, toiling away in Tallahassee's local scene. Eventually, his solo recordings (and Christian beliefs) sparked the interest of the label, and with the addition of his supporting players renamed the project Big Dismal. Believe, the official debut, appeared in May 2003. It showcased a familiar and faith-based post-grunge sound similar to Creed or 3 Doors Down.

Rolling Stone named Big Dismal one of "Five Christian Bands on the Rise" and the band had three CONSECUTIVE #1 Singles off their debut record, ''Believe'' on Christian Rock radio (Remember, I.O.U., Reality and Just The Same). The band's first #1 Single, (Remember, I.O.U.) was named Song of the Year in Christian Rock Radio by Radio and Records, having remained at #1 on the chart for over (6) weeks. The song was also used in the Chris Benoit tribute edition of ''Raw''. Big Dismal was also named Band of the Year in the Christian Rock market by Radio and Records and were also nominated for a Dove award in 2004 for Christian Rock Album of the Year. Music videos were created for each of their #1 Singles as well as for the song "Rainy Day."

The "Believe" album for Wind-Up received critical acclaim but failed to sell well. Front man Eric Durrance has announced that the band have split. Eric Durrance has gone solo and has recorded a country record with the other band members moving on to new projects.