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Members of ambitious North East alt. rock band Crux are keen to capture the sights of the Bigg Market to go with a new song about Newcastle’s famously lively street.

The Bigg Market, which forks at the bottom into Cloth Market and Groat Market, has been a place of high jinks and revelry for many years. But where is the screen evidence?

For the video to accompany their song, simply called Bigg Market, the musicians – along with film-maker David Kenny – are calling on the public to help in their search for action footage. “The song is about a night out but it’s also about the people who go on a night out,” says songwriter, singer and guitarist Max Houghton. “We’re looking for any bits of video footage people might have of a night out in the Bigg Market, whatever it might be.”

Max says the film will be edited to provide a collage of Bigg Market activity, whether funny, fractious or embarrassing. Drummer and percussionist Elliot Ormston adds that they want the video to capture ‘the truth of the Bigg Market’. “People go there to drink and to party but sometimes it’s a sad truth. Sometimes people go out to get drunk because it helps them to forget they’re not happy. While a lot of people will have footage showing happy times in the Bigg Market, inevitably when people go out to get drunk it can turn nasty.”

Crux was formed originally by Max and lead guitarist Jake Waldock when they were in sixth form together. Elliot, given some basic drumming tuition by Max but largely self-taught, made it three and then bassist Hallam Press completed the line-up after auditioning in response to an advert. Max says: “We’ve been performing since 2015. We started at The Globe in Newcastle but have been gigging steadily ever since, although things were interrupted by us going to university.”

Max says: “We never wanted to be rock stars but just enjoy being musicians. If it got to the point where we could make a living out of it, that would be great.”

Elliot cites various influences, including Muse, Radiohead and Arctic Monkeys, but says in Crux they aim to give rock music a modern twist with a nod to hip-hop and other genres. “We’ve got high notes and low, grungy tones,” says Max. “I’d say we’ve got a sort of industrial sound which reflects the North East.”

The influence of grunge is clear in Bigg Market which, says Max, captures the fun of the North East and an awareness of underlying problems stemming from the loss of heavy industry and the region’s relative isolation. “You can get a sense that the North East has been left behind,” says Elliot. “The so-called Northern Powerhouse seems to be all about Manchester and Leeds and the HST rail link isn’t coming near here.”

Max says getting Bigg Market to the point where they’re happy with it has taken about two years, latterly with the help of Kyle Martin at The Garage Studios in South Shields. The song has already had local radio airtime and featured on a Bigg Market documentary commissioned by NE1, the business improvement district company, which is investing in regenerating the area.

The lads plan to release an EP shortly, but with a video to show where its reputation stems from, they hope to make an impact with Bigg Market. If you have a snippet of footage you would like to be considered for inclusion in return for a mention in the closing credits, send it to film-maker David Kenny via this link.


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