Leeds-based musician Ben Thomas’ new project big tide has announced the release of his new single, ‘Thirst For Limelight’ slated for release on the 10th of October via Big Tide Recordings. A former French House music aficionado, his previous moniker L’Etranger caught the attention of tastemakers and the good brushing praise, however, after joining Spectrals as lead guitarist on their 2013 tour, the seed was planted for a change in musical direction. A stay in Paris was the final catalyst for the transition, when Ben picked up his 12 string and the chiming jangle-pop sound of big tide was born.
First listen to big tide’s new single you might agree he’s trading on more fertile ground.
“I used to get obsessed with trying to be 100% unique, and if a song I wrote had even the slightest whiff of somebody else’s I’d instantly scrap it. With big tide I seem to have lost that, if the song stands up on its own merits I’ll stick with it. After all it’s Rock and Roll, there’s only so many chords. Everyone influences everyone, it’s very freeing” , says big tide.
Originally from Liverpool, Ben Thomas has been writing for bands since he was 13. His previous output as L’Etranger spanned over a period of six years, with a string of prior releases. However, after growing frustrated with the electronic music scene, a change of direction was imminent. Meeting producer Matt Johnston (Eagulls, Spectrals, Pulled Apart By Horses) who produced and mixed big tide at his Suburban Home Studio, Thomas undertook his first explorations into big tide, recounting that they sounded very much in the vein of Big Star and Teenage Fanclub.
‘Thirst For The Limelight’ offers dry wit come sardonic lyrical fun, portraying an array of emotions often darker securely wrapped in a warmer 1960’s tinged melodies added to his signature ‘psychedelic jingle-jangle’. For the unwitted of which I can easily find myself included, big tide are a positive surprise, a single that I will long remember. 8.3/10