Little May: A Few Of Their Favourite Things

Written By Sam Murphy on 04/13/2016

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Sitting at a cafe in Redfern, Little May look like any normal inner-city type but their past year has been anything but normal. For one, the night before we met, they supported City And Colour at the Enmore Theatre and have been touring with Dallas Green around the country. They also spent time last year touring the world, playing festivals like Bonnaroo and finding adoring audiences everywhere from Berlin to Philadelphia.

It’s all off the back of their excellent debut For The Company which was worked on with The National’s Aaran Dessner and proved the hype surrounding them to be justified. The three girls from Sydney have been working on the Little May project for a few years but it’s escalated over the past six months or so to the point where they are heading out on their largest national tour to date. Returning home from overseas, it’s a victory lap of sorts celebrating the success of For The Company and also treating their home fans to performances that have been well practiced thanks to a hectic touring schedule.

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“We’re feeling more confident,” says singer and guitarist Liz Drummond clutching a long black after a night of celebrating their home show with City and Colour.

So they should be too. They’ve had their work validated in small pockets all over the world but still, they remain humble even in the centre of the whirlwind that continues to travel around them.

“I had this thing in the first year where I just kept thinking I can’t wait to reflect on this,” says singer Hannah Field on appreciating their accomplishments.

“It’s really incredible that we’re getting this opportunity and playing to all these people that know our music.”

Drummond interjects, recalling a pinch-yourself-moment the band had while standing in Dallas Green’s dressing room the other night.

“What are we doing here? How did we get here?”

As great as it is to begin to see your band succeeding it also comes with its fair share of exhaustion and the three girls have experienced that first hand.

“It’s so exhausting and at points I feel like, “you can die of exhaustion can’t you,” but it’s totally worth it,” says Field.

Guitarist Annie Hamilton adds that they have become crafty with finding places to sleep in order to catch up on the hours they’re losing.

“I think you realise that you can function on very few hours, you’re just not really able to deal with any situations,” she says.

Even weary-eyed, they sound elated about the experiences they’ve collected since the release of the album. They even recall middle-aged German men coming to their soundchecks and asking for autographs. A true sign that they’ve made it.

As they prepare to embark on a tour in May the girls are feeling musically tighter than ever.

“We used to have a lot of self doubt and now I think we’re owning it more,” says Field.

As an exercise of reflection and to test how in sync Little May really are we played a game of favourites covering Aussie bands, tours and months while also snapping the three in Redfern park.

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Favourite city you’ve toured in?
Annie: Berlin.
Liz: I think I might agree.
Hannah: I think I might agree too.

Favourite song on the album?
H: Cicadas
L: Cicadas
A: Cicadas
H: It’s really meditative and creepy.
A: We’ve only just started playing it live in the last few gigs and it’s really fun.
Do you actually like cicadas?
H: No
L: No, Annie does.
A: I love them.
L: She’s got bugs all over her clothes. She loves them.
A: I’ve been drawing a lot of cicadas lately. I saw three dead butterflies on the side of the road in South Australia and I carried them home.

Favourite person to join the band?
L: I want a dog.
A: We’ve always talked about when we get enough money we’ll buy a pony.
H: They could be like a stand. We could rest our tambourine on it.
A: Maybe we can ride it on stage.

Favourite support gig you’ve played?
L: City and Colour for me. This whole tour has been really good.
H: I loved the Angus & Julia tour because we were joined by some really incredible band like Jarryd James and Cloud Control who were super fun and it was in incredible venues.
A: Not so much the whole tour but gigs like when we supported Cold War Kids. When I was a teenager I was obsessed with them.

Favourite festival you’ve played?
A: Secret Garden.
H: Ahh, we’ve played some really cool ones overseas but we didn’t really get to stick around so I’ll say Splendour.
L: I have to say Splendour as well though.

Favourite Australian band?
L: I think for me it would be Midnight Oil.
H: I’ll say Paul Kelly.
A: I’m not really good at all time things because I get stressed and can’t think of anything. Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of The Drones and I love them but I wouldn’t say they’re my all time favourite.

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Least favourite part of releasing an album?
L: Having to finalise it.
A: The moment when you’re like, “yes, approved”.
L: Yeah knowing that the final mix is the final mix and wondering whether you’ve lost perspective on it.
A; We listened to the album so many times that we were like, “what does it even sound like?”
L: It was scary to send that email being like, “all approved”.
H: I remember listening to it altogether in Paris on speakers and being like, “It’s really good right?”

Favourite month of the year?
H: July because I always seem to have a little holiday and it’s cold. I like cold.
L: I love when it goes into summer.
A: I think December because it’s balmy nights and christmas and it’s my birthday.
L: I like December as well.

Favourite company?
H: Tabasco. Oh, eye mist. I like eye mist companies because I have dry eyes.
L: This is really hard for me. I’m just going to go with Cadbury.
A: I’m going to say Keep Cups.
H: I like paper cups. I ask for paper cups even when I’m sitting down at a cafe.
A: It’s terrible. Guys, they’re not recyclable.

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Little May Australian Tour 2016
Thursday 5th May – Wollongong Uni Bar, Wollongong NSW
Friday 6th May – Metro Theatre, Sydney NSW
Saturday 7th May – Small Ballroom, Newcastle NSW
Thursday 12th May – ANU Bar, Canberra ACT
Friday 13th May – Max Watts, Melbourne VIC
Saturday 14th May – Waratah Hotel, Hobart TAS
Friday 20th May – Adelaide Uni Bar, Adelaide SA
Saturday 21st May – Amplifier Bar, Perth WA
Friday 27th May – Solbar, Sunshine Coast QLD
Saturday 28th May – The Zoo, Brisbane QLD
Sunday 29th May – Studio 56 @ Miami Marketta, Gold Coast QLD

Tickets.

All photo by Brayden Smith (BCS Imaging).

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Sitting at a cafe in Redfern, Little May look like any normal inner-city type but their past year has been anything but normal. For one, the night before we met, they supported City And Colour at the Enmore Theatre and have been touring with Dallas Green around the country. They also spent time last year touring the world, playing festivals like Bonnaroo and finding adoring audiences everywhere from Berlin to Philadelphia.

It’s all off the back of their excellent debut For The Company which was worked on with The National’s Aaran Dessner and proved the hype surrounding them to be justified. The three girls from Sydney have been working on the Little May project for a few years but it’s escalated over the past six months or so to the point where they are heading out on their largest national tour to date. Returning home from overseas, it’s a victory lap of sorts celebrating the success of For The Company and also treating their home fans to performances that have been well practiced thanks to a hectic touring schedule.

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“We’re feeling more confident,” says singer and guitarist Liz Drummond clutching a long black after a night of celebrating their home show with City and Colour.

So they should be too. They’ve had their work validated in small pockets all over the world but still, they remain humble even in the centre of the whirlwind that continues to travel around them.

“I had this thing in the first year where I just kept thinking I can’t wait to reflect on this,” says singer Hannah Field on appreciating their accomplishments.

“It’s really incredible that we’re getting this opportunity and playing to all these people that know our music.”

Drummond interjects, recalling a pinch-yourself-moment the band had while standing in Dallas Green’s dressing room the other night.

“What are we doing here? How did we get here?”

As great as it is to begin to see your band succeeding it also comes with its fair share of exhaustion and the three girls have experienced that first hand.

“It’s so exhausting and at points I feel like, “you can die of exhaustion can’t you,” but it’s totally worth it,” says Field.

Guitarist Annie Hamilton adds that they have become crafty with finding places to sleep in order to catch up on the hours they’re losing.

“I think you realise that you can function on very few hours, you’re just not really able to deal with any situations,” she says.

Even weary-eyed, they sound elated about the experiences they’ve collected since the release of the album. They even recall middle-aged German men coming to their soundchecks and asking for autographs. A true sign that they’ve made it.

As they prepare to embark on a tour in May the girls are feeling musically tighter than ever.

“We used to have a lot of self doubt and now I think we’re owning it more,” says Field.

As an exercise of reflection and to test how in sync Little May really are we played a game of favourites covering Aussie bands, tours and months while also snapping the three in Redfern park.

LittleMay2

Favourite city you’ve toured in?
Annie: Berlin.
Liz: I think I might agree.
Hannah: I think I might agree too.

Favourite song on the album?
H: Cicadas
L: Cicadas
A: Cicadas
H: It’s really meditative and creepy.
A: We’ve only just started playing it live in the last few gigs and it’s really fun.
Do you actually like cicadas?
H: No
L: No, Annie does.
A: I love them.
L: She’s got bugs all over her clothes. She loves them.
A: I’ve been drawing a lot of cicadas lately. I saw three dead butterflies on the side of the road in South Australia and I carried them home.

Favourite person to join the band?
L: I want a dog.
A: We’ve always talked about when we get enough money we’ll buy a pony.
H: They could be like a stand. We could rest our tambourine on it.
A: Maybe we can ride it on stage.

Favourite support gig you’ve played?
L: City and Colour for me. This whole tour has been really good.
H: I loved the Angus & Julia tour because we were joined by some really incredible band like Jarryd James and Cloud Control who were super fun and it was in incredible venues.
A: Not so much the whole tour but gigs like when we supported Cold War Kids. When I was a teenager I was obsessed with them.

Favourite festival you’ve played?
A: Secret Garden.
H: Ahh, we’ve played some really cool ones overseas but we didn’t really get to stick around so I’ll say Splendour.
L: I have to say Splendour as well though.

Favourite Australian band?
L: I think for me it would be Midnight Oil.
H: I’ll say Paul Kelly.
A: I’m not really good at all time things because I get stressed and can’t think of anything. Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of The Drones and I love them but I wouldn’t say they’re my all time favourite.

LittleMay3

Least favourite part of releasing an album?
L: Having to finalise it.
A: The moment when you’re like, “yes, approved”.
L: Yeah knowing that the final mix is the final mix and wondering whether you’ve lost perspective on it.
A; We listened to the album so many times that we were like, “what does it even sound like?”
L: It was scary to send that email being like, “all approved”.
H: I remember listening to it altogether in Paris on speakers and being like, “It’s really good right?”

Favourite month of the year?
H: July because I always seem to have a little holiday and it’s cold. I like cold.
L: I love when it goes into summer.
A: I think December because it’s balmy nights and christmas and it’s my birthday.
L: I like December as well.

Favourite company?
H: Tabasco. Oh, eye mist. I like eye mist companies because I have dry eyes.
L: This is really hard for me. I’m just going to go with Cadbury.
A: I’m going to say Keep Cups.
H: I like paper cups. I ask for paper cups even when I’m sitting down at a cafe.
A: It’s terrible. Guys, they’re not recyclable.

LittleMay4

Little May Australian Tour 2016
Thursday 5th May – Wollongong Uni Bar, Wollongong NSW
Friday 6th May – Metro Theatre, Sydney NSW
Saturday 7th May – Small Ballroom, Newcastle NSW
Thursday 12th May – ANU Bar, Canberra ACT
Friday 13th May – Max Watts, Melbourne VIC
Saturday 14th May – Waratah Hotel, Hobart TAS
Friday 20th May – Adelaide Uni Bar, Adelaide SA
Saturday 21st May – Amplifier Bar, Perth WA
Friday 27th May – Solbar, Sunshine Coast QLD
Saturday 28th May – The Zoo, Brisbane QLD
Sunday 29th May – Studio 56 @ Miami Marketta, Gold Coast QLD

Tickets.

All photo by Brayden Smith (BCS Imaging).

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