'Sparks' and its accompanying video got us pretty excited about Little Grim's future. Apart from the video's vibe, it was also shot on 16mm short film; they may have a retro image, but with it comes modern indie hooks and knowing vocals that are wiser than their years. They also have several gigs coming up across the UK in support of this release.
RAW MEAT: Tell us about your local music scene; what’s your favourite local venue, are there any record labels or stores that we should look up, what’s the scene like where you're from?
Little Grim: Our local music scene has suffered a few set backs over the years with a number of venues being closed whilst the others face growing threats. Luckily, there has been a huge resurgence from our local record store and indie heroes, Banquet Records, who continue to deliver brand new and exciting music to venues such as The Fighting Cocks and The Hippodrome in Kingston. The store/ club has always supported local bands, offering support shows to the likes of Franz Ferdinand, Vampire Weekend, and Bloc Party. They are also a strong political voice for music and nightlife culture, as the owner, John Tolley, is also an official local councillor.
Name one track or band that you love from the past.
One song that I can't help but get up and dance to is 'Never Too Much' by Luther Vandross. It feels like a brand new pop song every time. Perfect lyrics, perfect structure, perfect delivery. I listen in awe whenever I hear it.
Name one track or band that you're loving right now.
Bill Ryder-Jones has this phenomenal track called 'Two To Birkenhead'. It's so raw! The distorted guitar riff bludgeons through to the forefront of the song, carrying his distressed vocals with them. His melody darts around lazily, playing catch up with the rhythm section. It gives the whole song this very earthy and chuggy feeling.
Name one track or band that you think we should be listening out for in the future.
Bad Sounds completely blew me away at their show with Abbie McCarthy in Islington a couple of months back. They are distinctive, dancey, and an absolute pleasure to watch. I want to be play with them very soon.
What are you up to now?
We're prepping for some Northern dates in June - Manchester, Liverpool, Sheffield, Nottingham. And beginning work on the new single. Oh... and looking for a place to stay...
What can we expect from you next?
It's time for an EP. We've done two new singles now and we want to give something our listeners can really sink their teeth into.