London-based punk-pop band The Big Moon has released a new single just in time for Christmas.
The all-female quartet’s song “Carol Of The Bells” is a heavily stylised Christmas song, which seems to subvert the classically choral Christmas carol. An eerie piano tinkles at the surface, while a chorus of ethereal, hushed voices make up the core of the song. The overall effect is somewhat haunting, balanced out with a playful riff accompanying the refrain wishing the listener a merry Christmas.
While retaining their central vocal sound, this new release is an interesting deviation from their usually grungy, 90’s girl group inspired music, which recalls the abrasive yet melodically sweet songs of groups like the Breeders and Elastica.
The Big Moon got together in 2014 when lead singer Juliette Jackson decided it was time to leave her waitressing career behind, and discovered three other like-minded women through mutual friends. With Jackson leading the band, Soph Nathan on guitar and vocals, Celia Archer on bass and vocals, and Fern Ford on drums, the Big Moon was born.
The group co-headlined a tour in October 2015 alongside InHeaven and Vant, and went on to support well-established artists like Ezra Furman and the Vaccines as a result of their successful exposure.
The Big Moon’s upcoming second studio album Walking Like We Do is scheduled for release on January 10, 2020. Listen to “Carol Of The Bells” below.