Remember Fiction? The fidgety London art-poppers were one of 2013’s standouts, releasing a razor-sharp abstract pop record called ‘The Big Other’ that proved to be a polyrhythm-packed gem. Fast forward four years and their former frontman Mike Barrett is exploring pastures new under the guise Brand New Moon, and the results are just as fruitful.
‘Diehard’ – the follow up to acclaimed debut ‘Spinning Coin’ – is the perfect introduction. With its knowing nod to 80s drive time rock, it creates a distinct atmosphere that brings back childhood memories of American action movies on grainy ex-rental VHS tapes.
With the new single out now and available for you to listen to below, we caught up with Mike Barrett AKA Brand New Moon to get the full scoop on his new project.
‘Diehard’ is wondrous. How did the track come about?
“Thanks! It began as it often does, with a loose vocal idea over a keyboard melody. But it really came together when I got bass-man Rob Shuttz over and we recorded the bare bones of it together. During the shifting chord progression at the end, we kept shouting out new chords to add on to the pattern each time; it actually goes on quite a while past the fade-out, to the point where we both run out of memory.”
How did Brand New Moon start out?
“I’ve been working on solo material for many years but never put anything out as my attention had always been with my old band, Fiction. A couple of years ago we decided to go our separate ways, so I knew it was time to focus on my own stuff. I started writing new tracks, invited some talented friends to record bits and decided to put a name to it, which helpfully leads to your next question.”
What inspired your name?
“Good question. Well, the project naturally represented a new phase, plus I’m a lifelong friend of the moon.”
Who are the Top 5 biggest influences on your sound right now?
“I go through periods of seeking out new things that will inevitably seep into my own music, but right now I’m focused on finishing songs that are already written and already influenced. As for what influenced those songs, I think it’s more fun to let others speculate.”
Any other new bands that you’ve played with and would recommend?
“Yes. Not only does Rob Shuttz play bass on most Brand New Moon tracks, he also builds his own wonderfully bizarre instruments and performs with them under the name of Haddow. And to continue with the theme of nepotism, I’d also recommend the not-so-new project of my good friend (and ex-Fiction bandmate), Blue House.”
And finally, what does the remainder of 2017 hold for Brand New Moon?