The Big Moon @Summerhall, Edinburgh // 29.02.20

Girls in bands, supporting each other and lifting each other up – are having a moment. It’s no big secret. London’s The Big Moon are spearheading this movement bringing with them, their uniquely twee, grungy synth pop.

The girls are fresh off the Bombay Bicycle Club tour and have sold out a scattering of UK dates in thier own right, tonight is no exception as the Dissection Room at Summerhall is completely jam packed. Oasis is blaring out from the speakers as the crew set up the stage, a nod to the bands Britpop influences.

The crowd is brought to an immediate din, as the four girls march confidently on stage. Sporting halter tops, clodhoppers, kickers and relaxed beachy waves with perfectly dishevelled fringes, the girls are indie chic at its very finest.

Opening track ‘Sucker’ from 2017’s Mercury nominated debut ‘Love in the 4th Dimension’, is a beautiful, swooning, indie-garage, scuzzy rock anthem.

Frontwoman Juliette Jackson has a moody baritone that is reminiscent of Nico and Hole, which serves as a jutting contrast to the whimsical nature of the pop overtures that make their sound so instantly discernible from the plethora of synth pop music that is out there at the moment.

The girls are confident and super relaxed on stage, making witty quips like ‘You all look so friendly’ from Celia Archer (bass & synth), in between songs and bouncing off of each other, you can tell that the foundation of the band is mired in friendship and having fun, its exactly the type of Girl Power that we need in 2020.

Next up is ‘Don’t Think’ from recent release, ‘Walking Like We Do’, the track is a shimmering pop masterpiece with pounding bass, and an infectiously catchy and dancy chorus of “Just don’t think about it now, Just don’t think about it now, Or your head will talk you out of it (Ooh-ooh-ooh), Just don’t think about a thing, Just don’t think about a thing, And your heart will lead you into it.”

New tracks such as ‘Barcelona’, ‘Take a Piece’ and ‘Why’ are soaring, heartening pop ballads that purposely move away from the grungy, dive bar sound of the first album. A move that has brought with it some grumbles of complaint from the muso world. But when it has been done with this level of finesse you can be assured it is completely guilt free.

Older tracks such as, “Pull the Other One” and “Silent Movie Susie”, bring with them enough low-fi garage fuzz to keep everyone happy, with nods to The Breeders and Elastica throughout.

The band are fond of a cover and have covered tracks from Madonna to Eurhythmics’ in the past treat the crowd tonight to an infectious rendition of Fatboy Slim’s, ‘Praise You’.

They close the set with firm fan favourites, “Cupid” and “Your Light”, which sees the crowd rapturously bouncing along in unison. An uplifting, performance from your favourite local girl gang, don’t hesitate to catch them the next time they play your hometown.

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