THE BIG MOON
The Neu Tour: taking the very concept of DIY, warping it, and breathing on it with a last mutilated breath. The tour prides itself on showcasing the finest breakthrough acts and inhabits an environment for development: compiled and curated by the prestigious DIY Magazine, it’s a respectable opportunity for the chosen few to tour and exploit the best venues throughout our fine country. Liverpool is the backdrop on this stereotypically wet and windy evening, and the setting couldn’t be more fitting. The ever-expanding DIY music scene takes shelter in the darkest, deepest dungeons of Hardman Street: the Magnet, buzz bands, beer and brooding, unbridled energy. Let the games commence.
The joint headlining show is blown into the stratosphere by INHEAVEN, a band that have rather impressively been name-dropped by Julian Casablancas. Their grunge-like tangled guitar swells entombed the audience, distorting the intimate venue. The guitarist’s Pixies influence resonates almost immediately, re-enlightening early memories of picking up a six-string. Inheaven are quite clearly onto something. Their standout track Bitter Town features on the band’s new release, psychedelic vocals blended with Interpol-esque rhythmic intricacies. Inheaven are undisputedly the full package. The works. Their music is mysterious, yet the songwriting structure reflects their love for popular music. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for this exciting, dynamic four-piece.
VANT are a high-intensity, post-punk group stirring waves for all the right reasons. The band have joined allegiance with Parlophone Records to release their new album Parking Lot, a record that has been building momentum and collecting considerable acclaim since its announcement. Fun, energetic, fuzz-punk wizardry washes over the Magnet, as blurring guitars and an extremely well-fashioned rhythm section draw the crowd closer. Rambling on about house parties, boozing and rooftop sessions while touring on the road, this is a band in their absolute element. Their fuzzy, high-octane material seems controlled and after the experiences of the road, could succeed indefinitely.
London’s sonic equivalent of the autumnal equinox, THE BIG MOON, close the evening. A band that have been threatening to break through for quite some time, The Big Moon have been knocking on the door and gaining supporting slots for the likes of Mac DeMarco and Of Monsters And Men over the past couple of months: these successes have sparked belief in The Big Moon camp, equipping this youthful dream pop four-piece with plenty of ammunition to succeed.
A deep meditative state encompasses spectators as the quartet’s infectious pop melodies provide an insight into what they’re all about. Sweet innocent ballads wash over us as hints of Alabama Shakes shine through. The tracks of dissonant reverberation show promise, once infused with hard-hitting garage rock sections they are flawless. Two standout tracks – The Road and Nothing Without You – turn the entire evening up a gear, as the reverberated ballads draw this wonderful evening to a close.