The Big Moon: Think Tank, Newcastle – live review
The Big Moon
Think Tank, Newcastle
2nd April 2016
Buzz bands come around all too often, but The Big Moon have something extra special.
Having already been touted by many as being the next big thing, we’ve heard it all too many times before. Filled with scepticism and overzealous expectations, we arrive at Think Tank to an awful din, which immediately makes us consider even entering the building. Fortunately or unfortunately this was just Far Pacific, who were at best mediocre in spite of their frontmans bravado. The band run over their set time and seem to be more concerned about taking selfies with the audience.
The arrival of Virgin Kids changes the whole complexion of the show, with the bands sharp guitars and perfectly crafted garage punk, they give the crowd something to dance to. Feeding off their enthusiasm Virgin Kids pick up the pace with a raft of party anthems worthy of any indie disco dancefloor. Whipping the crowd into frenzy with their hook laden tracks, it immediately feels like The Big Moon have a lot to live up to.
Virgin Kids frenetic set really sets the pace and standard, with tracks like My Alone being particular highlights. It only ramps up the expectation level, and as The Big Moon take the stage any preconceived feelings are completely quashed with the bands powerful start. Racing out of the blocks The Big Moon are on form, proof enough that the hype is justified. From the howls of Eureka Moment to the relaxed false sense of security that you’re drawn into by the brilliant Sucker.
Even the bands cover of Madonna’s Beautiful Stranger has their own riff-laden spin on it. There’s a delicate side to the band with the brilliant new single Cupid, it shows off the bands songwriting talents. It’s Formidable that really piques our interest, this guitar driven aural assault is a thunderous tune packed with hooks and a chorus that sticks.
In a scene where there are an inordinate amount of bands occupying the landfill indie genre, it tends to take a lot to stand out. However, tonight sees The Big Moon actually prove that they’ve got something special and exciting about them, any scepticism has been blown away. They’re a powerhouse of a band with some exceptional hooks, a knack for great songwriting and incredible musical talent. Undoubtedly proving why they’ve been tipped for the big time and having now signed to Fiction we’re certain there are big things to come from this foursome.
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