It’s been a big year for one of the best Indie bands around. The Big Moon have laid their claim and are preceding to conquer the earth. The London four-piece released their highly anticipated debut Love in the 4th Dimension earlier this year to scores of praise from fans and critics alike, Smashed Vinyl even described it as ‘the best Indie album since Arctic Monkeys debut album’. Luckily we had the privilege of catching up with the band at this year’s Great Escape at the end of a pier in Brighton.
It’s been a whole year since we last spoke. I got lost afterwards and ended up stage left at The Dome while Stormzy was sound checking…
Did you make friends? You’ve got to look like you were there on purpose!
I’m not sure I could… It has been a big year for The Big Moon, an album, tours and all sorts of mischief!
It’s all been amazing, we’ve been all over the world, we’ve done lots of shredding, we’ve recorded our album and we’ve recorded Marika Hackman’s album.
I’m waiting for stuff to start going wrong actually, and it’s got to eventually right?
Although, I think we can have a pretty good run of it still before it starts going proper wrong, got a few years I reckon before we all start hating each other.
Maybe only a couple of years…
It’s quite the place you’re playing today, Brighton’s Palace Pier!
Yeah we are playing in like a fun fair! It’s a pretty f*cking sweet deal we got here and I’m all for it.
I really wanna know what those hippos do, do they go up and down, left to right?
I’m not too sure actually?
I think they hook on to another structure then they move around like bumper cars. I really like the look of the haunted house and helter skelter! We did the driving games and the dance mats the first time we played in Brighton.
What was it like releasing the album, it must have been a pretty big deal having it in record stores and having it out in the world?
Yeah it’s surreal, it’s like… all your dreams come true, you know? It’s like winning the gold medal. Or maybe silver… Gold is selling out Brixton Academy.
When it came out we did a tour of record shops around the UK so it was like the exact weekend it came out and we were just going up and down the country meeting all these people who loved our music and who bought our album and wanted to meet us and the music had really connected with them and they were like “thank you so much for being in a band” and it’s like “you’re welcome”.
Do you like meeting your ‘fans’ then?
Yeah it reminds you that you’re doing something good, like there was this girl there who was maybe 15 or 16 and she was wearing a Trainspotting top and she was just really cool and she was taking photos and she posted them after and like she had even read the book (Trainspotting) and I was like I hadn’t read the book when I was 15.
Do you guys have any personal favourites from the album or is that like saying, “which’s your favourite child?”
Well I’ve got a theory that people have favourite children…
Sometimes some of them are my favourites and sometimes others of them are my favourites and I’m feeling ‘Happy New Year’ quite a lot at the moment…
See ‘Bonfire’ used to be my favourite to play but now like it’s everyone’s favourite off the album and everyone talks about it so it feels like it’s not mine anymore, I feel a little bit more distant from it.
Your recent headline shows are obviously on a different scale from what you’ve done previously. What has that change been like?
Yeah, every time it’s sort of bigger than the last and it feels like a big defining moment, my didn’t come to the last show ‘cos he lives abroad but I was on the phone like ‘you have to come it’s a big show, the biggest show we’ve ever done’ and he was like ‘it’s always the biggest show you’ve ever done’ because they always get bigger and we are always doing bigger shows until one day yeah it’ll be slightly smaller then it’ll be like ‘it’s the next biggest show we ever did’.
What have been the highlights from the tour?
In Manchester we signed a girls boobs! Her name was Chantelle, she was sick, really cool!
When we went to Hamburg the other week and you know we’d never been to Hamburg and then there were people there and they liked it or Cologne, crazy Cologne. We’re big in Cologne, who knew?