The moon is swaying ever so slightly above our heads. Not figuratively. Really. We are sat beneath a seven metre wide 1:500,000 replica of the moon that floats on nearly invisible string in the middle of the Mackintosh Church. It forms part of the 150th anniversary of ‘Mack’. The latest project of Luke Jerram shines bright against the dark wood and Mackintosh style famed for simple curved lines making the perfect replication of every bumpy detail of the surface of the moon starker still.
Headliners tonight are The Big Moon (there may be a theme developing), a Mercury shortlisted four-piece. Support comes from two members of Edinburgh based SKJØR, pronounced ‘shure’. Durutti Column toned guitar and a slightly plasticky electronic drum tone makes for an enchanting sound. The vocals are clear and the lyrics are so catchy I find myself mouthing along to a song I have literally just heard. ‘My heart holds too much weight. Under my nails there’s too much dirt’. Fatal Attraction and Consolation Prize are highlights. Doubtless, the XX have provided inspiration, but there is plenty to enjoy from a group that surely has more to come.
Main event, The Big Moon, have everyone in church standing by the end of their first song, such is the energy coming off the band. The four-piece play with shredding guitars, organ effects, bass that makes the pews vibrate and crisp booming drums all infused with powerful voices. No two songs feel the same and the musical ability of everyone feels evenly matched, making for a sonic pleasure. A dodgy hip keeps me seated, but even on a pew I was taken to the moon and back (ba-dum-psh). Some back and forth with a typically enthused Glaswegian crowd open up their musical stylings to hear the women behind the noise. A cracking cover of Total Eclipse of the Heart is almost ‘pitch perfected’ into Where is My Mind. More than a couple of times I am transported back to a time of the Buffy soundtrack. Dreaming of Shirley Manson. Which is not to say they sound dated, but there is clear resonance as evidenced by the young people dressed in clothes I am sure I owned fifteen years ago. The sound adored back then has been given a new life and vigour, crafted with excellence and a dynamic live performance. The church amplifies their layered but persistent rhythm making for a a crashing finish to the set. They ask of the two in the room, which is ‘the’ Big Moon. Its them. They’re f**king great.
Love in the 4th Dimension by the The Big Moon is out now. For more on Museum of the Moon, click here.