It’s been a long journey for Big Big Train. From early gigs and their first proper album ‘Goodbye To The Age of Steam’, the elusive ‘Bard’, work with vocalist Sean Filkins and beyond, their first decade or so was about constant growth and change. While often recording great material, it seemed the band just couldn’t settle. With the release of ‘The Underfall Yard’ and the addition of vocalist David Longdon to their ranks, the band’s fortunes changed.
After two critically acclaimed releases in 2017 (‘Grimspound’ and ‘The Second Brightest Star’) the UK’s now-favourite proggers wave goodbye to the year with a festive single. ‘Merry Christmas’ features BBT’s knack for melody and the new visuals feature actor Mark Benton. The full clip and accompanying press release can be found below.
BIG BIG TRAIN
New Single ‘MERRY CHRISTMAS’
‘Big Big Train have revisited the sound world of early Genesis and Yes and have managed to create music with great emotional clout’ – JOHN BUNGEY, THE TIMES
Three times Progressive Music Award winning band, Big Big Train are releasing their first Christmas single ‘Merry Christmas’ on December 8th with an exclusive B Side – ‘Snowfalls’ on all vinyl and CD copies. A donation to the Night Stop homelessness charity will be made for every copy sold.
“Beautifully understated yet consistently enthralling, Big Big Train wield pathos and poignancy with elegance and relish, amidst a musical backdrop that is as vivid as it is finessed” – DOM LAWSON, PROG MAGAZINE
Big Big Train vocalist David Longdon says: ‘Merry Christmas is a song about rediscovering our childlike belief in the magic of Christmas, despite living in an over commercial and sometimes cynical world. After all, what wouldn’t you give to believe again, like you believed back then?’
Bass player Greg Spawton: ‘We wanted Merry Christmas to be a proper Christmas song, so it features the Big Big Train brass band, The Chapel Choir Choristers of Jesus College, Cambridge and, of course, sleigh bells.’
The promotional film for Merry Christmas will be out on 1st December and stars actor Mark Benton who says: ‘When Big Big Train asked me to get involved with the video for Merry Christmas, I didn’t need much convincing. I’m a big fan of the band and love the way they tell stories through their beautifully crafted songs. This song is a real Christmas song with everything you need from choirs to sleigh bells. The video was great fun to shoot and hopefully really conveys the Christmas message. Let’s make it number one in the charts, the money’s going to a great cause. I’m playing triangle and kazoo on the next album but don’t tell the band because they don’t know it yet.’
Merry Christmas will be released on 8th December on 7-inch snow white vinyl (with a gatefold cover), digipack CD, hi-res and standard-res download and streaming.
Upcoming Tour Dates:
Big Big Train are headlining the Night of the Prog Festival at Loreley in Germany on July 13th, 2018.
A UK tour is planned for 2019… Details TBC