February 2019 can’t come soon enough.
Australian outfit Little May has announced that, on top of their national tour with The Rubens and impending Falls Festival appearance, they’ll also be headlining shows in Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney early next year.
To promote their tour announcement, Little May has released a beautifully-shot stripped back version of their latest single, Lover. The track is the band’s first single since the release of their debut album For The Company, and marks a new era for the group, which is now comprised of members Hannah Field and Liz Drummond.
“Lover was one of the first songs we wrote for this record. We wanted to make new and bold choices with sound and be bold in our respective skins,” the two said about their dark folk-tinged production.
“Lover is about choosing yourself. It’s taken a long time for us to realise we can express anger as women. This song is the manifestation of our collective experience over the last few years.”
Little May started out as a home-recording project between high school friends who love music. They now boast more than 111 million online streams, as well as performances in festivals like Splendour In The Grass, Falls, and Laneway, and supporting the likes of Mumford & Sons, The National City & Colour, and The Vaccines.
We recently spoke to Little May to know more about them and their music. Take a look:
Lover is your first track since your debut album For the Company. What’s changed in your music since then?
“Naturally I think the music has changed as we’ve gotten older. Our tastes have changed and we’ve had another three years of life to write about as women in our 20’s. Reflecting on the new music, we’ve definitely been drawn to a bolder sound and approach to our songwriting compared to For The Company. I feel that’s the most obvious change.”
Could you tell us more about the creative process that went into making Lover?
“Lover was the first song we wrote for the new album. The process began about three years ago in Jindabyne. Liz had created this demo that had this really interesting chorus, it was like nothing I’d heard from her before and I remember her referencing Pink Floyd’s Another Brick in the Wall and getting real excited about it as it was so far from anything we’d worked on.
“I wrote a couple of verses and we pulled it all together and what eventuated was this dark twisted fairytale of sorts. We were all really happy with the production Liz had done in the demo so recreating that was very important to us. Our producers, Rob Muinos and Dylan Adams really got it to that next level.”
You’re currently on tour with The Rubens. What’s it like touring with them, and how have they influenced your own upcoming national tour?
“The Rubens are the most generous, kind, warm and hilarious people we have ever toured with. Their live show, without fail, impresses us every night. I can only speak for myself but watching them give it everything each night and seriously perform has inspired me as a front person to step it up big time. It’s exciting. I think for all of us we’re just pumped to see how far we can push our live show.”
Speaking of national tour, what should your fans expect from your upcoming performances?
“I think people who know us and have seen our show in previous years can expect to be slightly shocked haha. We’re a bit of a different band these days. It’s a raw, honest set with lots of the new stuff but we’ll definitely chuck a few oldies in there! Can’t bloody wait.”