Liverpool-based rock outfit Big Tide presents their loaded album ‘Sync Or Swim’, a debut offering of 10 tracks releasing via A Turntable Friend Records. The album features artwork by award winning London/UK based graphics designer Jack Crossing.
Ahead of this, Big Tide presented the enticing and optimistic power pop single ‘Wrong Number’, released May 3.
Earlier, Big Tide released two singles previewing the album (‘Hide Me In Your Spaceship’ and ‘When The Tide Turns’). Previous to that, the 2017 debut 12-inch single ‘Half The Time’ 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 for 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 Simon Raymonde, amongst 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 Ben picked up his 12 string and the chiming sound of Big Tide was born.
Whilst the majority of instruments are performed by Ben Thomas, the album also features guest appearances by former members of Spectrals, Hookworms, Cowtown and Deadwall, who contribute drums, organ and saxophone.
Thomas sings in his signature northern vocal style whilst 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.
As of May 10, A Turntable Friend Records will release the ‘Sync Or Swim’ album with worldwide distribution through London’s SRD (Southern Record Distributors). It will be available digitally everywhere, including iTunes, Bandcamp and Spotify, and physically as a limited 10-track CD in gatefold, and limited 10-track vinyl in gatefold (with download code).
1) The Crash
2) Hide Me in Your Spaceship
3) Wrong Number
4) Make A Baby
5) You Can’t Live Your Life on an Email
6) Half The Time
7) Sync or Swim
8) Thirst for The Limelight
9) When The Tide Turns
10) I Could Walk Away
Photos by Owen Baker