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Full Moon

Indie-pop-rockers The Big Moon are one of the UK’s finest, and they’ll be airing their finery (i.e. playing some songs) when they play Newcastle in May.

I thought The Big Moon’s debut album was good. ‘Love in the 4th Dimension’ was released in 2017 and it went on to be nominated for that year’s Mercury Prize. But – blow me! – if they didn’t top it with ‘Walking Like We Do’ – an album which has hardly been off my turntable since it was unleashed in 2020. It’s an unashamedly pop album – but it’s not pop that tries to ape scenesters such as Charli XCX or Billie Eilish. It’s pop that features thumping pianos, vocals harmonies you could file under ‘Rousing’, skew-whiff melodies, and a thrilling balance of dreaminess and the strident. It’s also big, bright and stuffed with the kind of songs that sound just as good on Radio 1 as 6Music. Of course, ‘Love in the 4th Dimension’, their debut, is also essential (it harks back to classic indie fare from The Libertines, Graham Coxon et al) and no doubt the band will be banging out songs from both albums when they hit the road this spring. JL

The Big Moon, Tuesday 24 May, Newcastle University, 7pm, £16.50. nusu.co.uk/whatson/gigs