“In terms of music tastes, the band have some similarities, but we have our own underlying thing going on. But that’s good, because it means we all bring something different to the table.”
In an arguably saturated scene of landfill indie, The Big Moon have burst into the limelight with refreshingly formidable force. Hailing from London, the four members Juliette (vocals, guitar), Soph (vocals, guitar), Celia (vocals, bass) and Fern (drums) have concocted a sound that is sending shockwaves of excitement across the country. I chat to Celia, whose impeccable bass rhythm and infectiously cheery personality is always a notable presence onstage, and she speaks with excitement about bringing their loud/quiet garage pop to cities around the country this autumn, ending up at London’s Scala: “it’s our biggest headline show to date – it’s so exciting!” she says. “There’s always something special about playing in your hometown. I’m excited to go back to Hull, though – it’s my favourite place to play! Good old Hull.”
Despite showing their endearingly close bond and touching friendship when on and off the stage, Celia tells me that they each have their own distinctive music tastes and personalities. “Our music tastes are completely different,” Celia says. “It can be a nightmare if we’re fighting for the radio, but we can all always agree on Mellow Magic.”
In terms of Celia’s music preferences, it’s a mixed bag; she expresses her love for the new Frank Ocean album: “I think he’s absolutely amazing,” she says. “Trudy and the Romance, who are a band that are touring with us in autumn, are also such an exciting new band.”
It seems the girls do have similar touring essentials, though. “Yorkshire tea!” is the first thing Celia says is a necessity, but also recommends that I try hummus and crisps sandwiches too. “Or anything we can steal from our rider,” she laughs.
The band have toured with many up and coming bands such as Yak, even releasing a cassette with them, although Celia confesses that she didn’t own a cassette player at the time – “I couldn’t even play the cassette until recently! I didn’t even know what it sounded like! That tour was so fun though, they are such nice guys and their debut album is amazing.” The response from The Big Moon’s support slots and own headline shows have been universally phenomenal, and although openly grateful about the reaction the band has received, Celia notes that sometimes the press can cause problems for the band. “Jules [lead singer] once said that seeing Fat White Family live made her want to start writing songs, and somehow along the line it got twisted and our music got compared to Fat White Family. I don’t want people to come to our shows and expect Fat White Family!” she says. When I inform her that Dork Magazine described the band as “Pixies-esque garage pop,” however, she can’t contain her joy – “oh my god, that’s amazing!” she remarks. “That’s one of the more accurate comparisons. I think Jules is quite Alex Turner-esque in her lyrics, as well.” I couldn’t agree more, with lyrics like ‘I’m gonna get this perfectly right/ He said, “I’m gonna shoot the perfect bullseye”’ exhibiting a certain flair.
With a debut album in the pipeline, which Celia excitedly says has a recording date set in the summer, it’s clear that The Big Moon are only going in one direction – and that’s up.
The Big Moon embark on their headline tour this autumn – tickets available from Songkick.
Originally published in The University Paper. Interview conducted in July 2016