Wednesday, November 18, 2020

November 18th, 2020 - Taking A Mobius Trip In A Big Country

"And now for something completely different..."

Guid eenin!! The Meista here tonight rocking out to one of my favorite childhood pop rock albums, Big Country's debut album "The Crossing" and I'm pairing it with a tart and tasty Mobius Trip Non Sequitur (Peaches) from SaltFire Brewing Company!

Album Info: 

  • Artist: Big Country
  • Title: "The Crossing"
  • Recorded: May 1983 at The Manor, Oxfordshire and RAK Studios, London, England
  • Release date: July 15th, 1983 (1st studio album by Big Country)
  • Record company: Mercury Records
  • Personnel: Stuart Adamson (lead vocals, guitar, piano, and e-bow), Mark Brzezicki – drums, percussion, and vocals), Tony Butler (bass and vocals), and Bruce Watson (guitar, mandolin, sitar, vocals, and e-bow)
  • Musical style: Alternative rock, Celtic-folk rock, post-punk/new wave
  • Sound: Poppy, but guitar driven rock with strong Celtic vibes from the mimicking of bagpipes with MXR Pitch Transposer 129 Guitar effects.  Upon the release of the album, music critic Kurt Loder said: "Here's a big-noise guitar band from Britain that blows the knobs off all the synth-pop diddlers and fake-funk frauds who are cluttering up the charts these days. Big Country mops up the fops with an air-raid guitar sound that's unlike anything else around, anywhere ... Like the Irish band U2 (with whom they share young, guitar-wise producer Steve Lillywhite), Big Country has no use for synthesizers, and their extraordinary twin-guitar sound should make The Crossing a must-own item for rock die-hards."  I couldn't agree more!
  • Major themes: Love, life, loss, hope, honesty, self-discovery, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "In A Big Country"
  2. "Inwards"
  3. "Chance"
  4. "A Thousand Stars"
  5. "The Storm"
  6. "Harvest Home"
  7. "Lost Patrol"
  8. "Close Action"
  9. "Fields Of Fire (400 Miles)"
  10. "Porrohman"

 Brew Info:

  • Brewery: SaltFire Brewing Company (Salt Lake City, Utah)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Mobius Trip Non Sequitur (Peaches)
  • Style: Fruited Sour / Wild Golden Ale Solera
  • Serving: 16 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 7.3%
  • Pour: The Mobius Trip Non Sequitur (Peaches) pours a fairly clear, bright golden yellow with a very, very thin, white head that dissipates very quickly, leaving no lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is sweet, tart, floral, and fruity.  There are aromas of fresh peaches, apricot, lemon juice and zest, wild flowers, light honey, and oak.
  • Taste: The taste of the Mobius Trip Non Sequitur (Peaches) is a refreshing blend of fruity, sour, and sweet flavors.  There are notes of peach juice, lemon juice, pear, Chardonnay, and light honey.  
  • Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and well-carbonated, the mouthfeel is crisp, fizzy, juicy, and tart with a dry, lip-puckering finish.
Overall pairing: The SaltFire Mobius Trip Non Sequitur (Peaches) is a bright, balanced, tart, sweet, and juicy brew that goes down easy, making it a great companion to the poppy, rock and roll stylings of Big Country!


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