FUTURE NOISE: THE BIG MOONJuly 24, 2017
London-born, all-girl band The Big Moon has been on a musical roll for the past two years. After touring with bands like Inheaven and VANT, Soph Nathan (guitar, vocals) Celia Archer (bass, vocals), Juliette Jackson (guitar, vocals), and Fern Ford (drums) released their debut album Love In the 4th Dimension last April. We chatted with Celia and Fern about the new album, their experience as a band, their international tour and of course, their *very bright* future…
How did you all come together to make music?
C: We all just happened to be in the right place at the right time. It’s so hard to find people to be in a band with that can play all the right instruments, want to make the same kind of music, have enough money to put into it and flexible enough jobs to make it work. And we actually all really like each other! It’s pretty magical really.
How would you describe your sound?
C: I remember when I first heard Jules’ songs I couldn’t think of any band that they really sounded like. There are obviously influences that you can hear threaded through but I think that her style is so unique and distinctive. And now knowing her, I feel like the album sounds like the inside of her brain made loud by the rest of our limbs.
What’s your writing process like? How do you collaborate together?
C: Whenever we have a few days off in a row, Jules shuts herself in her bedroom and makes noises with various instruments until some songs come out. Then, she sends them to us and we work them all out together. She has an excellent brain. It’s full of wonder and joy.
You released your debut album Love In The 4th Dimension in April – tell us all about it and how it came to be!
F: We recorded at Eastcote Studios in West London with two genius’ named Catherine Marks (producer) and Cecil Bartlett (engineer). Our calendar was pretty stacked along with Catherine’s but we managed to find 12 days and just recorded the thing. There was a lot of tea, a lot of rawk and I think the end result is probably my favourite debut album of ours.
What was the recording process like with Catherine?
C: Working with Catherine was great. She’s an incredible producer and person. Until we met her we’d self-produced everything and it wasn’t until we all made Cupid together that we saw what working with someone like her could do. Being in the studio with her is the right amount of easy and fun but also pushes us further than we would go where we left to our own devices.
For the album recording, did you have all your songs written and finalised before you went into the studio, or did you allow your tracks to grow and develop while you were recording?
F: We had a couple of days of pre-production before going into the studio, to kind of dissect each song and see if we could better them in anyway. So when it came time to go in the studio we could just thrash them out straight away which then allowed us to mess about and add any bits we wanted on top in the final days. It was mainly bish-bash-bosh with some added match lighting.
How do you feel you’ve evolved and changed as a band between releasing your first few tracks to the release of the album?
F: We’ve been playing some of these songs now for about 3 years. In that time, we’ve played a lot of gigs and have become much more comfortable as musicians playing together as a band and generally just playing the songs. We’ve gone from being 4 friends in a band sleeping on floors and eating crisps for breakfast, lunch and dinner to what feels like being in a band with your sisters, the fun we have together and the feeling we have playing together, I think, translates well on the record.
How did you come to get signed to Fiction Records?
C: They found us! It’s such a wonderful family and legacy to be part of. They’ve been so supportive every step of the way.
You’ve toured in all kinds of places – how do your audiences differ with each place you go to?
F: Certain countries have funny etiquettes when it comes to gigs. In some countries, it can be dead silent during your set and you assume it’s going terribly but then when you stop playing, they go mad. They just like to be super respectful during the songs. But then in most others you have lots of dancing and now that the record is out, a lot of singing, which looks and sounds amazing!
What’s your live show like?
C: Really, really, super awesome. My mum says we’re better than The Beatles and mums are always right.
You’re part of the London scene – how does the city affect your sound and outlook on music?
F: There’s a lot of great music coming out of London, always has been, so it’s great to be part of a little scene here. It must do, but I can’t really think of a way that the music affects our sound or outlook. I feel like just our lives up to this date, individually shapes it all.
Your music has such a fun and let loose vibe – was that an affect you always intended it to have?
C: That isn’t really something we did deliberately but we do like having fun and we like it when other people have fun too!
What have you got planned for The Big Moon’s future?
C: Hopefully we’ll get to tour more of the world. I wanna be big in Japan. Also really looking forward to our big reunion comeback tour in 2027.
Photographed by Charlotte Patmore.