Sometimes good music is already waiting for you…
A bank holiday weekend in Brighton began in style with a predictable mad rush for the 10.47am train from Blackfriars. I am not a morning person at the best of times and my Saturday’s usually don’t begin until at least lunch time, yet the warm weather and a longing for the sound of the sea was my coffee-like fuel that morning. The waves, however, would come second place to another sound I would hear later that day.
Brighton is one of my happy places. But, by a former church turned art gallery off Ship Street, it became instantly more joyous, more electric as I happened to turn the corner on a source of musical energy at its finest.
It’s often the best things that are found by chance and The Big Push may be at the top of my discovery list.
The Big Push are made up from song writing trio Ren, Romain and Gorran who take notes of inspiration from The Beatles and The Police. The band was formed when the three met drummer Glenn Chambers busking and the four musketeers together create a British sound with an organic flair. It was this group who were busking when I was first introduced to their talent in 2019.
A cover of The Rolling Stones’ ‘Sympathy for the Devil’ jumps out immediately in my memory. Mick Jagger in Rolling Stone described the song as having a ‘hypnotic groove’ – The Big Push’s interpretation took this one step further. I wasn’t alone in my admiration: their sound summoned and entranced many an onlooker, contented smiles framed by clapping hands on the faces of my fellow street watchers. It’s rare to find such balance between vocals and bass, solos and instrumentals yet the boys make it look effortless, more than effortless in fact – they give life to their sound and it’s this vitality that captivates the senses of onlooking fans.
Their performance was a dance of authenticity in the face of every photoshopped magazine shoot, every rehearsed politician’s interview, every essay written simply to meet a grade requirement. It felt good, magical even to bear witness to a sound so epitomising of the sun that shone down upon the musicians’ cobbled street stage.
As I began to draw myself away from my front row, pavement side seat, my legs were numb. Time had passed so quickly and I had lost all other thought while watching one of my most treasured musical performances. It was the escapism I was looking for on a long weekend; I hadn’t thought it could be delivered so perfectly through the power of sound. While strolling down the old lanes and sunbathing on the pebbles, the energy of the performance was still very much with me. It was an organic moment where support acts, drinks from the bar and a roof over our heads would have been entirely out of place. The music itself was the only shelter required that day.
Since that day, The Big Push have continued to soundtrack many an equally fond memory. ‘It’s Alright’ was the band’s first single, released in March last year. It is the Sunday-morning respite I can bring into the working week for instant contentment and easy-going ambiance. In contrast, ‘Why My Woman?’ has an introduction reminiscent of the Arctic Monkey’s ‘Snap Out of It’ and is the perfect accompaniment to a 5pm G&T on a Friday. The execution of the song’s music video is a treat in itself where different relationship dynamics are created around the same dining room table, with each transition perfectly timed to the rhythm.
‘Dignity’ is their latest release and it is the healing sound that could touch many a heart in normal times, let alone in a pandemic where so many of us are working overtime to stay positive and to protect our own self-esteems. The band’s portfolio is already so explorative and full of raw, honest talent; their continued growth towards a wider fan base is inevitable and an EP is something to hope for with bated breath.
Almost a year has passed since that wonderful day of musical discovery in Brighton. It’s a sun-kissed memory that I am even more grateful for now, when the opportunity for music to be heard live again still seems so far away. When we can all crowd together again and share the joy of the bass embedding itself inside our chests, The Big Push will be at the top of my list.
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