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NEWS: New Single from British indie rock outfit Big Tide

Big Tide
1 January 2019

Big Tide – Photo courtesy of Big Tide

Liverpool-based rock outfit Big Tide has announced the new single “Hide Me In Your Spaceship”, the first preview of their forthcoming debut album Sync Or Swim, arriving this April via A Turntable Friend Records.

This follows up the band’s 2017 release of debut 12-inch single Half The Time, which was produced by Matt Johnson (Eagulls/Pulled Apart By Horses) and caught the attention of Clash Music and Norman Records.

Founded by Liverpool native Ben Thomas in 2017, Big Tide was born out of Thomas’ disillusionment with the electronic music scene. His previous output as French House producer L’Étranger spanned six years. Under this moniker, he caught the attention of tastemaker publications Clash, Nest HQ, Indie Shuffle, Earmilk, HBF, Purple Sneakers, French Shuffle, Amazing Radio, and Bella Union’s Simon Raymonde, among others.

The impetus to form this new project came in 2013 while touring with Spectrals as lead guitarist. A stay in Paris was the final catalyst for a change in musical direction when Thomas picked up his 12-string and the chiming sound of Big Tide was born.

“Hide Me In Your Spaceship” features drums by* Jonathan Nash*, famed as former drummer for Hookworms and also guitarist for Cowtown. Ben Thomas sings on the recording of this original composition, as well as playing guitar and bass.

Thomas sings in his signature Northern vocal style while shimmering 12-string guitars form the cornerstone of the Big Tide sound. Coupled with Ben’s idiosyncratic lyrics and unique delivery, this music presents a great find from Northern England.

Taking influence from bands like Big Star and Teenage Fanclub, Big Tide’s music blends elements from ‘60s power pop like The Byrds and ‘70s folk rock espoused by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young to create music that is original while somehow feeling familiar.

After being locked away in the studio to record the debut album since August 2017, Thomas has been joined by drummer Ged McGurn of ‘90s indie rockers Boyracer and bassist Tom Basri, formerly of Leeds’ band Deadwall for a proper band line-up and have since been playing shows in their hometown of Leeds.

“With Big Tide I’m focusing on songwriting. I want people to feel a level of familiarity when listening to our songs. They have this wholesome feel good vibe, which you don’t hear all that often nowadays,” says Ben Thomas.

Soon Big Tide will be unveiling their album to the public through their live performances.

As of November 30th, “Hide Me In Your Spaceship” has been available across online stores and streaming platforms, including Spotify, iTunes, and Bandcamp. The Sync Or Swim album will be released digitally, as well as on CD and vinyl, this April.

CREDITS
Lyrics and music by Ben Thomas
Drums by Jonathan Nash (Hookworms, Cowtown)
Vocals and all other instruments by Ben Thomas
Mastered by Tom Woodhead at Hippocratic Mastering in Leeds
Photography by Aaron Jones
Catalogue number: TURN61D

LYRICS
Hide me in your spaceship
Cause I’m the worst of a terrible kind
I’ll go anywhere with you captain
Let’s just leave the rest behind
Sure i’ll miss my family
I just can’t stand this torturous town
I don’t care if we’re floating around
Cause gravity is dragging me down
Cast off into oblivion
Riding velveteen waves of blue
Hide me in a corner I swear
I’ll hardly take up any room
I was born on a leap year
In a red brick rhetoric town
Tuck me under the covers
I never wanna touch the ground
Hide me, find me, fly me away
Miss me, kiss me, gravity waves
Let’s talk sleeping arrangements
You don’t wanna hear me snore
You’d feel a pea under a mattress princess
You’d feel a marble under the floor
I don’t mind the space food
And I’m not just being polite
But nearly all of it’s freeze dried
And dissolves at the speed of light
Hide me in your spaceship
Cause I’m the worst of a terrible kind
I’ll go anywhere with you captain
Let’s just leave the past behind
Sure I miss my family
But I don’t miss that torturous town
I don’t care that we’re floating in air
I don’t need gravity dragging me down
Fashion sense won’t pay your rent
You’re a plastic man in a paper tent
So you gaze out into the midnight sky
I hope I’m alive on the day you die
Hide me in your spaceship
Cause I’m the worst of a terrible kind
I’ll go anywhere with you captain
Let’s just leave the rest behind

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