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.