That went quickly, the third and final entry of this short series is already here. After The Mysterines, Dream Wife we last but by no means least come to The Big Moon (Wikipedia entry) from London. Of these three bands I believe they’ve been around the longest, so I’m rather late to the party. They certainly make brilliant videos. Let’s start with one where they play every single role, Sucker:
They get rather colourful in Cupid, must have been fun making that, despite the mess:
Silent Movie Susie is a beautiful stop motion video with dolls taking on all roles. There’s also a cameo of the band, both as dolls and real people. Can you spot the previous video they are quoting?
From their second album is Your Light. With lots of cycling. And puppets. What more could you want?
Having started this introduction of bands I discovered for me this year with The Mysterines I’m now moving on to the second band I found: Dream Wife (Wikipedia entry). Formed while at university in Brighton they have since moved to London. Let’s start with Hey Heartbreaker from their debut album:
Also from their debut album is Somebody (with a very memorable chorus line):
Moving on to their second album, released in 2020, with Hasta La Vista:
Another one from the second album is So When You Gonna…. with a quite interesting video:
To close a live performance mixed with an interview on KEXP:
Again I hope you enjoyed the music, I love the variety in Rakel’s singing and Alice’s guitar play, brilliantly supported by Bella’s bass. The third and last band in this series to follow tomorrow.
Over the last two years the two main new bands I listen to were (and still are) The Regrettes and Skating Polly. In addition to them I also discovered Jade Bird. A few weeks ago I decided to go on a hunt for a few new bands (new to me, not necessarily new to the scene) I might like. That hunt turned out very successful as I’ve found three bands (all British) that have been on heavy rotation since and I expect will remain for some time. So I thought I share some of their music, starting with The Mysterines from Liverpool (introduction in the NME), opening with Take Control:
Moving on to Love’s Not Enough:
A quite fast version of Gasoline:
To close just Lia Metcalfe on her own with an acoustic guitar (incl a much slower version of Gasoline):
I hope you enjoyed the music, more in the second part to follow tomorrow.
The ingredients were essentially the same as for the Cherries & Dark Chocolate ones, replacing the cherries with blueberries:
250g self-raising flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
150g fresh blueberries, washed
200g dark (70%) chocolate chips
100g golden caster sugar
2 eggs, beaten
150ml pot natural yoghurt
100g butter, melted
Making them was also very similar:
Preheat oven to fan assisted 180°C, (200°C, gas 6)
paper cases in 12 hole muffin tin
sift flour and bicarbonate of soda into large bowl, stir in chocolate and sugar
beat eggs, add yoghurt, then molten butter. Add this mixture to the flour etc
add in the washed blueberries
stir to combine, but do not “overmix” (it’s fine if it’s a bit lumpy. Apparently if you “overmix” the muffins will turn out tough)
fill the mixture into the papercases and then bake for 20-25 minutes until risen and golden brown
Same as before the whole process took just over an hour. Again some will go into the freezer, some will be eaten over the next few days. And one I’ve eaten just now while writing this. Tasted very nice.
I’ll take a break from them now, I’ve got enough in the freezer for a while. But I’m sure I’ll be making some again. For now I’ve got two breads in the oven, baking away.