My May UK vacation is now a distant memory, the summer has washed most of it away with only photos and a few highlights from the 15 day visit serving as reminders of a far too short trip. One major highlight of the vacation was the Great Escape Festival in Brighton. So much so, I've penciled it in as part of my 2016 vacation plans.
For three days, several hundred bands from all over the world descend upon the coastal city for the festival, playing in venues large and small sprinkled all about city. That said, the urban festival was a can't miss event, much more so because I was coming from the States to see bands I'd only written about and dreamed of seeing live. However, many tough decisions had to be made when developing an itinerary based on the schedule. Most all of the venues were centrally located and were short walks, but some were a mile apart and couldn't be traversed quickly after a few pints. And then, some venues were rammed, absolutely covered up, with queues a few hundred people deep.
One such long queue was for The Big Moon at the Haunt; a tight schedule, hunger, and impatience kept me from hanging around to see the band. In hindsight, bad move. To show that I'd made a terrible blunder, the next day Leigh of Just Music I Like questioned my impatience and told me the queue moved quickly and he was able to see Bully and The Big Moon before the A-list crowd smothered the place. Missing the band was a mistake I'm not likely to make again.
Earlier this year, I was captivated by the band's attitude soaked rowdy rocker, 'Eureka Moment', while the band's second offering a few months later, the deeply personal 'Sucker', showed the band wasn't a one trick pony by exposing their hearts. Now, they're back with their best work yet, the slow-burning 'The Road', a polar opposite to "with you for life" optimism of 'Sucker'. It's an age old lament about a couple changing over the years, losing that connection and ultimately falling out of love. Is it worth it to leave? Only those two hearts can tell.
One would hope that an LP is in the works from this talented bunch, and that we're graced with it very soon. Stream 'The Road' below.