February 27th | Fleece
Photos: Naomi Williams
Playing their first headline tour in over two years, The Big Moon filled The Fleece to capacity. The crowd edged on the younger side, and lapped up the relaxed and optimistic take on rock played by the four women performing tonight. The event came in support of their recent second album, Walking Like We Do, and held the atmosphere of a gig where a band have finally clocked just how beloved they have become, and are enjoying every second of it.
Support was provided by Prima Queen, a twinkling indie-pop quartet with a garage-rock edge, who played songs straight from a teenager’s diary: carefree, relaxed, and with no troubles larger than kissing a lad you thought you shouldn’t and wanting to move to Mexico to drink Mojitos with a love interest. Their set often had a bright-eyed cast to it, even the more morose moments having a forlorn summery sheen to their delivery.
Other songs carried themselves with a self-assured swagger, wailing lead guitars, and a subdued rhythm section which led their female version of a Queens of The Stone Age strut at their most confident. Their lyrical content frequently carried much less weight, but that may well have been the point. The chilled, sun-drenched vibes seemed to be at the forefront of what Prima Queen does, and the talent behind the performance and compositions was suitably bright.
Lead guitars were a highlight, with a ceaseless meandering quality taking the charge over the rest of the playing. The vocal performances were also fantastic, shining particularly when the lead and backing duties harmonised to hypnotic effect. Meanwhile, the rhythm section was functional but incredibly proficient. The bass drove the spine of most songs, whilst the drums layered out some beats with enough space in them for the guitars to excel.
Next, The Big Moon came out strong, setting the standard for what would follow throughout the rest of their set. The crowd sang along continuously, and each track was bookended by raucous applause, a sign of the band’s ability to write absolute bangers.
Each track felt even more alive on stage than on record. They had a visceral energy about them that made the softer moments more sublime and moving, and the sing-a-longs more stadium-filling and vast. All the instruments were played expertly, and all the vocal performances formed a perfect amalgamation of their stunning studio quality, with the quirks from being sung live making them even more enticing as three-way harmonies echoed around the room.
The essential components of what make The Big Moon songs so effective were laid bare when on stage: juxtaposition. Slow quiet moments of precise grooves and melodically focused play eased into large moments of infectious, euphoric hooks. The Big Moon are a band made to be played loud and interacted with. You frequently enjoy them as a cathartic release at the top of your lungs, which makes them an ideal band to see perform. Especially when they play as well as they did tonight.
See the video for ‘Take A Piece’ here: