INTERVIEW: The Big Moon

THE Big Moon are currently touring the UK, bringing their lively and no-nonsense alternative rock to festivals around the country. I caught up with Jules and Soph from the band for Quays News before their slot at Liverpool Sound City…

The Big Moon have had a busy year so far, seemingly touring constantly, supporting the likes of The Maccabees, Ezra Furman and The Vaccines, and smashing their own headline tour in April.

Guitarist Soph said: “We played in France too; we haven’t played in Europe that much before so it was a nice mini tour… Le Tour.”

The four piece, whose powerful debut single ‘Sucker’ was released last June, are headlining their own tour over autumn, fantastically labelled ‘Tourtoise’.

The Londoners pointed out their homecoming at the infamous indie 100 Club on Oxford Street as a highlight.

“it’s such a legendary venue, in the dressing room there was signatures of loads of amazing bands, with pictures of the sex pistols all over the walls… it was sold out and everyone was dancing,” front woman Jules said.

Touring relentlessly has had a big impact on the bands’ dietary habits, as conversation turned to the girls’ go-to tour bus snacks. Both Soph and Jules confessed they eat A LOT of crisps, as they’re always available on the rider, however Jules confessed.

“Yesterday I snuffled a whole mango, it was perfectly ripe, and this morning I had it for breakfast with a teaspoon, I carved a hole in it and ate it like a pot of honey!”

So which festivals are the band most looking forward to? The Big Moon are featured on a whole heap of line-ups, including Truck Festival, Latitude, Kendal Calling and Boardmasters, however there’s one in particular that excites them most.

“End Of The Road (September 1-4, Dorset), it’s the best festival in the world! We’re all going to dress up as postmen, no… we’re going to BE postmen!” Jules seemed quite excited at the prospect.

Soph continued: “It’s Jules’ birthday around then so it’s just going to be a big celebration, lots of our friends are coming too… it’s going to be a big celebration of wonderfulness.”

The band’s set is as brimming with energy as it is feisty rock riffs, which encourage Jules to whip her hair. Both Jules and Soph name ‘Nothing without you’ as their favourite to play live at the moment.

“It’s quite bouncy and the crowd really like it as well,” Soph said. “I like formidable too, it builds up for quite a while and then it smashes, it’s so exciting to play!”

The band cite lots of influences on their music: “I like listening to Pixies, they’re always really inspiring because they’re music could just be anything, they make noises and sing along, and that’s it.”

Soph pointed out Warpaint as one of her personal favourites: “When they first started playing I thought it was so exciting, I love their harmonies.”

It seems LCD Soundsystem and Radiohead are rim favourites in the tour bus, as well as Brighton band Abattoir Blues, who Jules urges everyone to check out.

The Big Moon’s ‘Tourtoise Tour’ kicks off in Manchester in September.