SXSW '17: The Big Moon | No. 3
We enter the top 3 of our favourite SXSW artists, with one of the most anticipated new bands on the emerging rock scene, The Big Moon! The band came to SXSW to perform countless number of sets over the week. We caught them at Sports Day Records’ unofficial showcase at the start of the week, and on a slightly bigger scale, their midnight show with BBC Radio 6’s showcase with The British Music Embassy at Latitude 30.
These guys are one of my favourite new bands, with one of the most breath-taking and credible bands coming out of London today. Signed to Fiction Records in the UK, a label known for producing high calibre guitar music, it was amazing to see what great performers they were before even their first album had come out.
Lead singer Juliette is a really pleasant and striking performer to watch. Her voice is so deep, it’s not what you expect after hearing her speak, and so her range of vocals is vastly impressive. The band sound almost identical on stage to their record, a quality which I love in bands because it really shows how authentic each performance and each recording is.
Favourite songs of mine are of course ‘Formidable,’ their lead single from new album ‘Love in the 4th Dimension’ which was released just last week, and ‘Cupid,’ also on the album. Formidable has a great mixture, starting out with a calm, purely guitar and vocal structure, gradually building up to what is eventually a heavy rock chorus. ‘Cupid’ just has incredibly honest lyrics, covered in lively riffs and tunes, and whilst hearing the song live, I couldn’t help but picture the colourful music video in which they have paint thrown all over them.
Other songs performed from the album on the night were ‘The End,’ and ‘Bonfire,’ as well as song ‘Beautiful Stranger,’ which isn’t a part of the new album but was featured on the ‘Silent Movie Susie’ single released last year.
The Big Moon’s entire chemistry on stage is one to be admired, their friendship coming through undoubtedly, and their communication on stage and even off stage fascinating.
The band returned to the States this week with a performance in NYC's Knitting Factory with VEVO DSCVR's last night, and they definitely impressed a whole new audience again, so I definitely recommend buying their new album ‘Love in the 4th Dimension,’ – it’s one of a kind!