Thursday 1 November 2012

The Big Sun - Time I Bought a Boat

Do you ever have that moment where you come across an artist that ticks all the correct boxes, to the extent that you think you're dreaming? It happened to me when I came across Oxford based band The Big Sun. The band is based around their singer, Berry, yet they boast members of some of the greatest Brit-rock bands of the 90s. Not only is former Candyskins bassist Mini a member, but they also include TWO former members of Ride - drummer Loz Colbert and keyboardist Nick Moorbath.

Of course, having a great musical pedigree means absolutely nothing if the music itself isn't good. Thankfully, this is not the case. Described as a failed attempt to emulate the sound of The Lemonheads, "Time I Bought A Boat" is a surprisingly pop-orientated affair, much like how Owl City would sound if it was a full band rather than one guy. The vocals from Berry are a particular highlight, calling to mind Kirsty MacColl or Allo' Darlin. It's a great song, and one that should sit nicely beside Wonder Villains as one of the better pop songs of the year.

"Time I Bought a Boat" is taken from "StickelBacker E.P", which will be released on November 16th.


  1. I've been smitten since I heard 'Folly'. Great stuff indeed.

  2. Good review - Time I Bought a Boat' is something special