There will always be bands that are capable of captivating both ears and hearts, and Little Red is one of them. Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, the quintet comprised of Adrian Beltrame, Dominic Byrne, Quang Dinh, Tom Hartney and Taka Honda has proven that the boy band is not dead. In fact Little Red demonstrates that it is very much alive—and singing richly layered harmonies.
Little Red achieved substantial success earlier this year when its sophomore album Midnight Remember went gold on the Australian charts. Its single, “Rock It,” was certified platinum and earned the No. 2 spot on the annual nationwide music poll, Triple J’s Hottest 100. Whether it is considered pop rock, indie rock or indie pop, vocalist Dom Byrne isn’t sure where Little Red stands as far as the genre debate. “I suppose if we sell a million records we’ll be considered pop,” he says via email. “I try to stay out of debates.”
The band is currently preparing for the U.S. release of Midnight Remember on October 25 with the help of popular indie record label True Panther. “I’m very glad that they’ve chosen to release it, and a bit surprised too,” Byrne admits. It took merely four weeks to complete the album, but the recording schedule was grueling, with the band basically living at the Grove Studios about an hour outside of Sydney, Australia. The album that the band churned out at the end of the process has all the same euphoric content as its predecessor, but is more finely tuned. “The first one had a lot more live tracks on it. This one we had a month to record and another few weeks to mix, so we put a whole lot more shit on the songs and used some electronic instruments and horns. We double tracked more stuff. It still has our trademark harmonies but just twice as many,” states Byrne.
American fans will soon receive a taste of these songs and others live as Little Red prepares for its first to headlining U.S. tour, stopping first at this year’s CMJ Music Marathon on October 18 and 19 at Pianos, and ending in L.A. in November. Regarding the significance of headlining its first American tour, the band is understandably excited, and as Byrne describes it: “looking forward to getting out of the house.”
Little Red is guaranteed to engage crowds with its melodic voices and vintage pop rock persona. But if there is one result the band wants from audiences, it’s to give them the shivers—in a good way. “Really good stuff gives you butterflies in your stomach, shivers, we say it hits you in the heart but you know it basically gives you a strong emotion,” Byrne says. “This is [our] goal and that’s why [we’re] not really worried about the pop or indie thing, because actually we’re secretly trying to make art.” Little Red making art? That’s no secret at all.
Tour Dates For Little Red:
10/18 – New York, NY – Pianos (CMJ)
10/19 – New York, NY – Pianos (CMJ)
10/25 – Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
10/26 – Cambridge, MA – T.T. The Bears
10/27 – Montreal, QC – Le Belmont
10/28 – Toronto, ON – The Drake Hotel
10/29 – Chicago, IL – Beat Kitchen
11/02 – Vancouver, BC – Media Club
11/03 – Seattle, WA – Sunset Tavern
11/04 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
11/05 – San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Stop
11/07 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar
11/08 – Los Angeles, CA – The Satellite