Artwork by @mystupidsketchbook
WHO are they?
Big Cosmos are London four-piece band led by Andy Jackson. Their first full-length album In Moonshine is out October 30th (pre-order here). Alongside production from chief songwriter Andy, they have worked with a number of engineers including Huntsmen (Scott Matthews, Yannis Philippakis), Duncan Toothill and Hudson Scott, and recorded it in various locations including an old egg incubation room on a farm.
“In Moonshine is about a year in the making” Andy tells us. “We all work full-time so it’s been a fairly on and off project, fitting in sessions here and there. We kept the drums and bass live together, tracked the guitars and vocals separately, and generally had a rule that there were as few overdubs as possible, that it reflected what we do live and if it took more than 3 takes to get a part down then it was the wrong part. All things considered it’s the most real representation of us we have done, and I’m really proud that we’ve managed to encapsulate the bands’ vision.”“The artwork is done by Nina Kazanova, a really talented Russian artist I came across on an art site I follow. In Moonshine sounds like an Autumn/Winter record to me; a record to be listened to in solitude, but it also has as many hopeful messages in it as it does strange ones. I wanted the artwork to reflect all those things and Nina did that whilst also taking it somewhere else. It’s pretty prog and sci-fi looking, it’s unique and otherworldly and suits the mood of the music.”
“I wanted to give it a title that was pithy and reflective whilst also something classic; something one of The Rat Pack might’ve called their records, or the kind of title you can imagine emblazoned across a 1950’s romantic movie poster.”
WHAT are they singing about?
“The vast majority of my lyrics are positive in nature. They are often written from the perspective of other people. I try and concern myself with a different theme for each song. Some of the subjects I touch upon include homelessness, aspirations, haunted houses, dream sequences, CCTV, the love lives of celebrities’ less known other halves…”
“Rainbow Chaser is a song about motivation and self-satisfaction; it’s about attempting to reach personal goals against a constantly changing backdrop of past, present, nostalgia and optimism, which all inform what the goals are. Even when facing improbability or the unknown, the individual must hold on to something as a guiding light.”
WHERE are they from?
They are now based in London but Andy grew up in a small town in the West Midlands. “My friends and I had a very proactive attitude to playing shows and often put on shows ourselves. There wasn’t much of an option if you wanted to perform. That DIY ethic is something I’ve carried with me, not in terms of the shows we play now necessarily, but certainly in terms of a band acting as a vehicle to drive you forwards, as a vessel to occupy your energy, and as a way of documenting a particular time in your life. The process is nearly always far more interesting than any perceived end goals.”
WHY are they called Big Cosmos?
“I’d been watching a lot of Carl Sagan’s ‘Cosmos’ documentary!”
WHEN can I see them live?
Watch out for future announcements and keep updated here.
Stream In Moonshine in full on Soundcloud now
Available to pre-order here.