Track Review – Cupid / The Big Moon

The Big Moon excel at anthemic indie-rock. Many bands are too afraid of heroic chords and a few ‘Ooh-Oohs’ because they can’t lose that cool credibility. Not the Big Moon. They’re ashamedly pop with a rough edge – think the long lost sisters of Wolf Alice, who also perfectly combined pop and grunge into a classic debut album last year, My Love Is Cool. The Big Moon have had a similar tracking, refusing to pop out a reasonable debut early on and instead honing their craft live whilst quietly gathering singles around them. The Big Moon are the kind of the band you could analyse to pieces – Juliette Jackson’s commanding vocals, the all-together-now group singing, the spaghetti-western guitars – but that would be taking away from the initial impact of a Good Band.

Jackson sings ‘I’ve been waiting for a girl like you / I’m not ready for the change’ from the perspective of a male ‘cupid’ looking to hit the target before backing out once he’s hit. The metaphor might be a bit weak, but it’s all a bit tongue-in-cheek anyway with lyrics about ‘pineapple juice / tropical courage’, which they explained in awkward detail. ‘Cupid’ is another example of why the Big Moon are so exciting. They make fist-pumping rock and are unapologetic about it. They’ll undoubtedly be a buzz band and a song like ‘Cupid’ could easily slot on pop radio. Sometimes you just have to throw your hands up in the air and say ‘Screw it, this is a good band’.