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The Big Nowhere

The Big Nowhere

The Big Nowhere


In the summer of 2002, two guys from Glasgow, Scotland - Billy Crowe and Simon Sinclair - got together to record some demos of songs they had written that had been rejected by their current bands (Summersalt and Brown Eye Superfly respectively). The two had met a couple of years earlier while working in a city centre music store, and had bonded furiously over many drinks and many more tales of broken bones and broken hearts. With a shared love of their parents' and grandparents' record collections Read more on Last.fm
In the summer of 2002, two guys from Glasgow, Scotland - Billy Crowe and Simon Sinclair - got together to record some demos of songs they had written that had been rejected by their current bands (Summersalt and Brown Eye Superfly respectively). The two had met a couple of years earlier while working in a city centre music store, and had bonded furiously over many drinks and many more tales of broken bones and broken hearts. With a shared love of their parents' and grandparents' record collections, both decided that the other would be the perfect fit for the material they were writing, and The Big Nowhere took its first tentative steps into the light. So, sessions began in the summer of 2002 in Simon's flat - recording on a 16-track reel-to-reel tape machine installed in the kitchen. Unfortunately these sessions were never completed, but a listen to the unfinished results shows a spark of what was to come.

Both went back to their respective bands and continued on - Brown Eye Superfly released the album 'Any Other Way' and single 'Evil Baby' on their own zero3 label in 2003, then split in 2004. Summersalt played support to Texas on their Greatest Hits tour, then also split in 2004. In early 2005, both started sending each other rough recordings of new songs, and a period of sustained musical one-upmanship began. Over the next few years, Brown Eye Superfly re-formed, and the ex-members of Summersalt re-formed under the name The Zonules of Zinn. With these entities now taking up most of their free time (as well as both having become parents), The Big Nowhere was once again put on the shelf.

However, new material was continually being written, with Sinclair and Crowe regularly coming together to record rough demos. After the recording of The Zonules of Zinn album 'Zinn Love' in 2007, sessions began once again in Simon's flat (this time in the living room) for what would become the album 'Pull Down The Moon'. Of course, it couldn't possibly be that simple now could it? After a catalogue of disasters (a fire, two floods, and the ten plagues of Egypt), the sessions eventually started properly in the summer of 2008. The first sessions were mainly just putting down guide acoustic guitar and vocal tracks, with overdubs being done as the idea sprung to mind - it was a relaxed, laid-back affair. The creative juices were definitely flowing though, as most of the songs that ended up on the finished album were actually written after these initial sessions.

Piano was added in two sessions by Joe Keegan, as well as organ on the track 'Missy pt1'. Former Brown Eye Superfly drummer Peter Morgan was drafted to add drums to some of the tracks, recorded, as everything on the album (with the exception of the piano) was, in Simon's living room. Something, however, was missing. At this point, the album was going to be called 'Late Nite Storytelling'.

The cover art was to be photograph of Buchanan Street in Glasgow at night, lit up by blacklights and neon. It was a striking cover, but just didn't fit right with the direction the album had taken. It also felt that there was something missing from the album itself. Just that final touch.

One winter evening in 2008, Simon was out driving with his three year old daughter Amy. The full moon was huge in the cloudless sky. Amy looked up wide-eyed and said "Daddy, I want to pull down the moon!". She then started singing "Pull down the moon, pull down the moon! Come on everybody! Pull down the moon!".

This was it - it was perfect. Recorded with piano and a crowd singing the words like it was half nursery rhyme/half drinking song, it proved the perfect coda to the album - and it provided the perfect title. The album would be named 'Pull Down The Moon'. Cover art was put together in the style of an old half-forgotten story book.

It was done. Final mixing took place on Saturday 21st March 2009. The music on Pull Down The Moon has been described as anything from Rock, Folk, Country, Americana, alt.country, to a mixture of any two of those. Like every band, The Big Nowhere recoil in horror when asked 'What do you sound like?'. The album has the feel of a kind of record that just doesn't get made any more. Think of albums by artists like The Band, The Replacements, Gene Clarke, Tom Waits - not afraid to use different styles of music, but still retain the essence of the band or the artist responsible.

The ability to tell stories via songs, or just to try and evoke some kind of feeling through the music. 'Pull Down The Moon' has as its centrepiece, three songs inter-linked by common theme - 'Johnny Walker Red', 'My Name Is Bob Willis' and 'Song For Suzannah'. Each of these songs tells the same story from the point of view of one of the three people involved. The three together is commonly known as the 'Hansen's Trailer Park Suite'. Songs of heartbreak, loss and regret - this is 'Pull Down The Moon' by The Big Nowhere. Welcome to Nowhere ‘Pull Down The Moon’ was released on Devil Shake Records via iTunes, Amazon MP3, Napster, Rhapsody, eMusic & Lala as a digital download on May 4th 2009.

It is available on Last.FM. 'Any Other Way' by Brown Eye Superfly and ‘Zinn Love’ by The Zonules of Zinn are available via iTunes, Amazon MP3, Napster, Rhapsody, eMusic & Lala as a digital download. 'Any Other Way' by Brown Eye Superfly is available on Last.FM Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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