Getting To Know.. The Big Moon
THE BIG MOON THE BIG DEAL THE BIG HEADLINE TOUR
Do you know someone who happens to think of themselves as some sort of music guru? Where any artist you recommend is instantly met with a judgemental “meh” and they likely list you with at least seven ‘similar-but-way-better’ versions of the artist you initially (and regrettably) mentioned? If you don’t know this guy, it’s probably you.
These people are annoying, and we’ve perhaps all had our moments of music-guru-doucheness - but sometimes these gurus admittedly pick some good artists. Which is even more annoying.
In my experience with MGDs (Music Guru Douchebags) a few months ago I found myself in an Edinburgh bar with one MGD in particular. An MGD who sits behind you in the office is one thing, but imagine an actual MGD who works in the music industry. May aswell just give him the vegan card too. Needless to say, it’s only once every so often he’s in town - so an effort was made. Somewhere in the midst of a bad pint and the desire to leave,
“So, where did you say were going tonight?”
“I’ve been working with a band called Inheaven” I said quietly as I carefully put my rum on the table and readied myself to be hit repeatedly with a pretentious index of every musician I’ve never heard of. And as I winced, his pint came down on the table in the same force of my expected music lecture.
“Wait. So, you’re seeing The Big Moon?” I froze slightly. Yes, ‘The Big Moon’ were the name of the support band. But I was still expecting something patronising and terrible. “I wanted to tour manage them so badly!” and suddenly, I was paralysed into the weird experience of seeing the MGD (who turns his nose at the fact I listen to The Doors) actually get excited about a band I had something to do with “Kristina. They are amazing. They killed it at Reading - they are so good. Nobody expected them to kill it and they did. They really did.” Needless to say, it stuck with me. Not because I value his musical opinion but because of how completely different he was when I heard him talk about this band. This crazy new band he’s desperate to work with. This guy who’s never desperate, for one moment becoming desperate. Because of some band called ’The Big Moon’.
As mysteriously as they dropped into conversation, they appeared onstage that evening. Punching through the audience with songs we’d never heard but wish we already knew. With an underwhelming audience on a Thursday night, they still very much killed it.
That was October. In November, they were in DIY’s Class of 2016. In December, they were onstage at Usher Hall with The Vaccines. In January, they were touring the country with their now Fiction Record brothers The Maccabees. Only in April of 2016, were they doing their first headline show in Glasgow as part of their very first ever headline tour. Ever.
“The Maccabees were great. The food was fantastic.” Nodded Fern as we sat grouped round the table of Glasgow’s Stereo Cafe “We were so lucky, last year we got so many great support tours. There was no time to do our own. But it was great we got to do it like that because the rooms we play are much fuller than they would have been a few months ago.”
Suddenly a lease of enthusiasm leapt from Celia across the table “The first tour we ever did, we did a couple of small shows with ‘Peace’ and then we went on tour with ‘Yak’ - to go from playing there to playing CARDIFF ARENA..” She bellowed out shouting with her arms out stretched so theatrically “BRIXTON ACADEMY! EMPERORS BALLROOM! and you’re there like “Ahhh, there’s so many people!””
here’s this fresh nature of enthusiasm that projects from this London quartet of young ladies. Sometimes you meet with musicians and they’re nothing but exhausted - even when they don’t want to be. And can you blame them when all they’ve done is spent hours sitting in a van together, eating oranges and watching episodes of The Simpsons all the way from Cardiff?
Well in spite of their close proximities and lack of luxuries, there’s an excitement in them all. They seem to embrace their youth in the industry, they don’t look at their exhaustingly good opportunities with life changing bands as an excuse to look above other musicians. In fact, their time spent on tour with bands like The Maccabees took a much humbler form “We’re making friends with people and also are like ‘I know what you’ve been doing for the last ten years’ and that’s kind of a weird place to be..” And for that quote alone, they are completely relatable.
Individually they are very much the kind of people you might have sat with at your high school lunch table. With Celia’s enthusiasm and infectious smile, she’s the kind of girl you’d find yourself in stitches with at the back of your English class. Then there’s Juliette - who’s just signature cool, the kind of person who could turn up to prom in her brothers Hawaiian shirt and still be the best dressed there. Or make you feel like a high ponytail is a great idea (Tried it. Looked like a frog). There’s also Soph, this husky voiced guitar genius who’s music collection you could only dream of getting into. And lastly there’s Fern, the dry humoured and witty member of the group who was probably really clever at everything and always had great lunches.
All theoretical guessing aside, what I do know is they are a group of people who are all A) Very approachable B) Very talented and C) Very much what we need right now in music.
What do we need in music? The answer will always be the same - Musicians who strike you.
Whether you’re seeing The Big Moon for the first time in a venue so small Celia nearly takes you out with the neck of her bass, or whether you’re seeing them in a venue so historic and regal that it makes you wished you’d dressed better - They are breathtakingly fantastic and will metaphorically strike you with melodies. The creative ability they have to fuse surprising riffs such as ‘Eureka Moment’ and the invasively real lyrics in ‘Sucker’ All of it is paired together to create for very interactive live performances. The band themselves dance together while they bounce around the stage, only to watch as it translates across and into the audience no matter what size venue they’re playing. This fantastic display of onstage confidence doesn’t mean they don’t have their anxious moments, however. As we moved farther into the subject of the ‘First Headline Tour Ever’ Celia mentions “I find it a bit scarier because the rooms are smaller” she paused “..and now that people like- kind of come, for you, maybe they might be expecting something that..” she paused again “You don’t know what they might be expecting. I still can’t get my head around the fact that there are people I haven’t met before that have heard our songs and are like ‘Yeah! Yes please!’”
Before I knew it, we’d wandered across the cobbled street and into The Old Hairdressers to view their first ever vintage fair. In between trying on hats, picking up leather print items and listening in on an experimental jazz group upstairs - we once again found ourselves sitting round the table. This time, with a pint. And some issues of ‘Oh My Edinburgh’.
“We were reading that when we were on the merch desk at The Vaccines!” they exclaimed. I stood, mouth hanging half open. They had seen, and read Oh My Edinburgh.
“It’s beautiful! I love the aesthetics” In that moment I was met with questions from them. They were interested about my creative ambitions. What I was doing with this magazine. Where it all began. They were so genuinely interested and appreciative in the idea of someone else doing something creative that it all seemed to click. The Big Moon are special and strike you because they make music in an effort to contribute to a creative society they love. They love creativity. They aren’t some annoying band of MGD’s that are in it for the fan base or the authority of being cooler than everyone else. These are people who genuinely appreciate creativeness and cherish it.
Sometimes people call themselves ‘foodies’ because they take a good picture of their plate for Instagram and it always involves some form of avocado which in turn gains a lot of likes. But in reality these people might only ever eat avocados. They only love for a small part of the aesthetic ‘foodie’ genre, however.. Real foodies love food. End of. Whether they take a picture of not, they’ll try everything. They want to taste everything, they want to know how you make something, the way two flavours mix and create something really sharp and explosive and tasty. I think that’s sort of how The Big Moon are with creativity. They aren’t here for the aesthetic ride, they’re here for the dancing onstage, the smiling uncontrollable when they think about touring with a band they’ve grown up loving, the punch of music which ripples across an audience and is held together by poetic verses and they even want to know how you make something creative too.
They’re the most relatable thing to spill over from our current music scene. With nothing but a few songs under their belt, they have already been signed to one of the top labels in the independent music industry. It’s not a matter of ‘Listen to these guys and maybe you’ll like them’ it’s a matter of ‘Watch this quartet and look out for what they’ve got to contribute to our alternative future’ and hey - next time you find yourself up against an MGD? Try The Big Moon card and enjoy your state of relaxation as they frustratingly realise they have nothing pretentious or negative to say about them.
Catch The Big Moon on tour with The Mystery Jets this October
Listen to their latest single, Cupid below