THE BIG MOON
3rd November 2016
Peering over the heads of the sold out Scala crowd charismatic lead singer Juliette Jackson perched herself on the edge of the stage, smiled and threw herself amongst them. The arms that quickly clambered to get a hold of her to push her back to the stage seemed to somewhat symbolise the speedy rise of The Big Moon since they first posted Eureka Moment on the internet: a lot of them have been there from the very start and are determined to help the band to the top. Which leads us to now, their first headline tour on the back of recording their debut album in just twelve days with producer Catherine Marks (Wolf Alice).
Opener Silent Movie Susan shows a band razor sharp and raring to go, eager to involve the crowd in their happy-go-scuzzy Big Moon party and simultaneously use the extended set to show off their surprising and dazzling array of live talents. What is immediately noticeable about the grinning quartet live, besides the envisaged rapture sprinkled over their strongest songs, is the potential for so much more aside. One would surmise that the band’s greatest talent was an ear for a melody or a sticking lyric (“Pineapple juice/ tropical Rubicon courage” gets the biggest shout of the night) but individually they are queens of their instruments. Celia Archer dances and hammers the bass like she was born with it, and that drumming on Cupid. The gorgeous lead guitar on the evening’s closer Sucker could also shatter the dozen nearest glasses, if the venue didn’t serve into plastic cups. The tour, which takes them into Europe with Local Natives, sees them play their longest set yet and it does suffer from too-short songs which make it slightly sag in the middle. But they are currently one of music’s best secrets (enforced by Annie Mac making Formidable her Hottest Record shortly after this review was written) and their awe at headlining the King’s Cross venue could soon graduate to bigger and beyond. The future’s bright. Draw your arrow back, ladies. Tighten the string of your bow and see how far you go.
The Big Moon are about to embark on a tour of the US, beginning with New York on 17 November. They also release their debut album ‘Love in the 4th Dimension’ on 7 April 2017 through Fiction Records.
All words by Richard Gilbert-Cross. Find more by Richard on Louder Than War.