SHARES “Thirst For The Limelight” Single
RELEASE DATE: 14th November
LABEL: Big Tide Recordings
“It’s definitely no surprise that such big producers are keeping an eye on him” Earmilk
“Falling back in love with the sound of the guitar, big tide was born, and with it all manner of chiming songcraft. Debut single ‘Half The Time’ is a jingle jangle delight, recalling everyone from Big Star to early R.E.M. and Teenage Fanclub.” CLASH
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 November via Big Tide Recordings. A former French House music aficionado, his previous moniker L’Etranger caught the attention of tastemaker publications Clash, Nest HQ, Indie Shuffle, Earmilk, HBF, Purple Sneakers, French Shuffle, Amazing Radio and Bella Union Simon Raymonde amongst others. 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.
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.
Drawing inspiration from the likes of Tom Petty, The Byrds, Big Star, Teenage Fanclub, Neil Young, The Beach Boys, The Who, The Smiths and My Bloody Valentine, Thomas annexes musical elements from the 60’s – the electric 12-string guitar is the keystone of the “big tide sound.”
‘Thirst For The Limelight’ offers its own wry pleasures, with unabating melody wrapped in well-formed wit. Thomas shows no fear of encasing emotions in dark humour, while still exhibiting a passion for classic songwriting forms and his signature psychedelic jingle-jangle.
“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.
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