November 3rd 2016 will definitely be remembered as the day when Scala went mental! I have not quite seen anything like this before. An up and coming band, headlining a sold-out gig with the audience jumping around so heavily that the walls and floors were shaking like an earthquake. The Big Moon, a London-based, four piece band, tore that venue to pieces!
I have to be honest, there were no signs that this evening would become one of the craziest nights I’ve ever witnessed. There were three bands on the bill, Abattoir Blues, Trudy And The Romance and The Big Moon.
A genuine rock act opened the night. Loud, passionate and the audience lapped them up. The crowd at Scala fell in love with Abattoir Blues and opened their souls with applause and wanting more from their set.
The same warm welcome was given to the next band. A Liverpool band, who with their high slung guitars, played honest rock n roll songs. They describe themselves as 1950s pop mutants, so top that up with some stirring melodies and add a dash of intriguing vocal and then you have it… Trudy And The Romance.
But the band who set the night on fire was about to come on. If you think about new bands, the words “sold out” come to mind once in blue moon. But that’s exactly what happened there. The Big Moon had Scala in their hands that night.
The excitement in the audience grew slowly long before the band hit the stage. Young arms and voices were raised and called for live music. And this call was heard and the wish was fulfilled. With Sexual Healing by Marvin Gaye playing in the background the band took the stage.
Straight from the first tune Silent Movie Susie, the whole venue went absolutely insane. The walls were shaking, the floor was swinging, the crowd was jumping. Every single song that was sung on stage was also sung by every single person in the audience.
The London-based girl only band (Juliette, Soph, Celia, Fern) played through their own compositions including several new songs and also delivered a stunning cover of Madonna‘s Beautiful Stranger. They spiced it up with raw guitars and electric Juliette’s voice making it sound more their own work.
The phenomenal performance on stage released energy that was contagious. Somewhere around Bonfire one of the last songs of the set, Juliette Jackson took advantage of the frenzy and went crowd surfing. The night was wild, the music loud, the crowd mental and new stars were born.
Watch out not to get blinded. They’re coming and they’re on the way to the top. And they’re called The Big Moon.
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Review and Photography by Edyta K of The Big Moon at Scala 3rd November 2016.