FEATURE: Little May
Written by Alana Mazurke
Over the next two months Sydney trio Little May will showcase their self titled debut EP to Australian audiences. Having already sold out their first Melbourne show at Northcote Social Club the group have added an extra date playing two nights at the infamous venue. Whether you’ve caught the girls recently at this year’s Splendour In The Grass or happened to stumble across them as opening act to your favourite band, these girls have been killing it as of late in the Australian music scene. Their latest single ‘Bones’ taken from the EP was recorded at iconic Sydney venue Studios 301 has received much admiration from critics, piling on from the already overwhelming reception received since the EP was released early in October. I spoke to lead guitarist Annie Hamilton about touring, the making of the EP and even begged the question of the perils of being an all girl band.
“Since being overseas and playing CMJ in New York where we did 6 shows over 5 days with no sound check and were completely exhausted – we played at 2am having played 1pm; from that experience we learnt that things can go wrong, we could sound fucking terrible so let’s just own it and make sure our performance makes up for any bad sound or whatever. Just roll with it and do the best that we can do and try to ignore the fact that we might not actually be able to hear ourselves but to always give a good show…”
The trio consisting of Liz Drummond, Hannah Field and the lady herself Annie Hamilton met through school and have already accomplished a lot together. Setting themselves up in Sydney the group through a stint at an open mic night showcased themselves to the public and people like what they saw. Now the group are rapidly adding to their CV with festival slots at Laneway, Splendour and Bigsound as well as New Yorks version of Bigsound – CMJ. Not to mention the admirable opening slots for acts such as Mikael Paskalev and Rodriguez. “We went to Perth last weekend for the first time supporting Rodriguez with something like six thousand people watching. Bit of a difference to playing a pub show in Sydney.”
“When we first started we put way more thought into it…we all have a pretty different sense of style. When we first started gigging three years ago we’d all either be really dressed up or really daggy. I remember at one stage I would wear high heels which is crazy as I can barely walk in heels anyway! I think we’ve got our look a bit more down pat and cohesive now haha.”
Annie admitted that the debut EP took longer than expected to make with the recording process varying over the two years. “I think at first it just started dragging out so long because we weren’t completely happy with the songs and wanted to keep re-working them. Also because we were releasing them independently; we weren’t signed for the first few songs.” Regardless of the length of release the album is extremely well rounded and executed perfectly, making the small delay well worth the wait. The effortless vocals and shoegazy rhythms of the tracks create this easy, floaty vibe setting themselves apart from the stereotypical indie/folk label.
“We ended up scrapping two of the original songs that we had decided to put on the EP; listening to them on the record again we thought they sounded so old so we recorded two new tracks earlier this year – it was an ongoing thing hah. Yet I think it worked out well for us because if we released it two years ago we would be regretting that now.”
Already making their mark in the Australian music scene and Melbourne alone, the trio have recently set off overseas including the US and plan to continue taking their music around the world. However, with places like Jindabyne as their main source of writing inspiration, they’ll continue to stay home over the Summer playing as many festivals as possible. “Our very first gig in Melbourne was at a place called the Chandelier Room in Moorabbin. Without really checking we just typed Chandelier Room into Google Maps and started driving there. It turned out it to be an hour away in this massive industrial area. We thought it had to be wrong and had just driven all this way out of town but in the end it turns out it really in this crazy industrial area hah.” Fortunately for us all, with the announcement of a new EP comes an Australian tour. All details can be found here!
Buy the debut EP from Little May here.
Watch the live recording of latest single ‘Bones’ below: