SINGLE REVIEW. The Big Moon – Formidable

Released: OUT NOW

Genre: Alternative-rock

Rating: ★★★★

The Big Moon have been on the rise for the past year now in playing notable shows around the nation with big names, and having a growing, passionate fan-base. With an extrovert-like, 90s girl-punk style and all the right sounds, The Big Moon have comfortably made a name for themselves within the London alternative scene, however this single – released ahead of the debut album ‘Love In The 4th Dimension’ out April next year – demonstrates how the female quartet are moving out of their comfort zone, and exploring a new world of dark, indie fuzz.

love_in_the_4th_dimension_tbm_low_res-jpg-768x768The track opens with the familiar voice of front-woman Juliette emerging with the oh-so-cynical rhyme “Did she make you swallow all your pride, does the love still shiver down your spine” before a gentle crescendo of reverb and bass. The slightly ominous “oooh” echoed by all of the girls calm the air before the chorus ignites. The band really bring it in the chorus, and this is the point you realise how much The Big Moon have really progressed since their early releases; with powerful vocals that could get any room chanting out loud and some of the heaviest guitar and thunderous drums we have heard yet. This band have the capability to bring all the noise and carnage you could ever need, while still having the control to execute haunting harmonies and more delicate tones, something that works so well with this type of music.

The only drawback to this release is the length of it. Leaving the listener wanting more is always a good move (it certainly worked), but the girls still could have reached even higher levels of intensity and experimented more with this new sound if they had given the track some more time. However, this seems to be a song that could be developed and expanded greatly during a live set. Let’s hope for more dark magic such as this in the album.


You can listen to ‘Formidable‘ now here and pre-order the debut album here.

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Baker out.

HINDS Live at The Boileroom

 

Here’s a live review of HINDS with support by Oscar written for thnksfrthrvw

Date: 23/06/15 – The Boileroom, Guildford

 

Oscar

With his old-school baritone voice, front man and part-time crooner Oscar Scheller could tell you anything and you would believe it. And after releasing his new aptly named EP ‘Beautiful Words’ the day before, the band sauntered onto the stage full of energy that did not cease to flow throughout the set. With the stream of light-hearted riffs and playful beats, the crowd could not help but move, especially with the band bouncing around the stage throughout.

Oscar’s ability to smoothly transition from snappy indie pop songs such as ‘Sometimes’ to cool ska-reggae tunes showcased the band’s diversity regarding both talent and influence. For half of the set, front man Oscar was joined by the sweet and almost flirtatious voice of Florence, resulting in charming harmonies similar to that of Flyte. Even though it is still early days for this London group, they managed to fill the room with their huge sound and engagement with the audience brilliantly no matter what they were playing.

For fans of: Hannah Lou Clark, Beach Baby, Flyte

Rating: 3.5/5

 

Hinds

If this set had to be summed up in one phrase, it would have to be pure, unadulterated fun. Hinds, formally known as Deers, formed an instant, almost tangible connection with the crowd; the kind that draws you in and refuses to let go. Even though they are certainly going up in the world, with support spots for the likes of The Vaccines and a Glasto slot coming up this weekend, you could still see the looks of shock and surprise across the room as Hinds emerged on the stage and began playing, with more girl power and indie-rock hooks than you could ever wish for. They even had a couple of tricks up their sleeve, including a Kazoo solo on their first track and a guest appearance by Arnie from the Vaccines, a huge fan and friend of the group, who joined the girls on stage for a song half way through their set.

You could not say that this band has perfect song writing, with some rather monotonous and generic songs dotted around the set. However, this was more than compensated for by the group’s utterly captivating stage presence, with all members bouncing off each other brilliantly. Within Hinds, each distinct voice comes together and resonates through each track with such grace, while still keeping that cool, effortless impression running throughout. The girls really got the crowd moving in the second half of their set, with songs such as ‘I can take you dancing’, with their irresistibly funky riffs and raw vocals, but the pinnacle of the set had to be ‘Davey Crockett’, here, it was lovely to see the girls’ Spanish roots expressed and accompanied by an old-school Spanish style guitar and playful lyrics. Hinds have started off with what the likes of Hiam have got, and have gone to a whole new place with it, resulting in a visible connection between the girls themselves as well as with the audience. This dynamic band perfectly suited the Boileroom, and are not one to miss at Glastonbury.

For fans of: Honeyblood, Alvvays, Girlpool

Rating: 4/5