Interview: Little May

Interview: Little May

It’s been quite a rollercoaster ride for Little May. The Sydney based, self-taught trio released their debut self titled EP Little May last year and have been consistently touring, just recently touring with Angus & Julia Stone. They have a string of dates this summer including some festival appearances. They will be making an appearance at this year’s Electric Picnic.

Little May are Liz Drummond, Hannah Field and Annie Hamilton. We caught up with Annie for a quick Q&A ahead of their gig at The Academy 2, Dublin tomorrow night…

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How is the tour going?

It’s going amazing, we’re in Belfast at the moment. It’s my first time over this side and it’s pretty amazing, pretty cold but it’s going really well.

You’re off to the States again soon

Yeah we’re heading to London after Dublin in a couple of days and then Paris and then going back over to the States for a couple of weeks so that will be really fun.

You recently played in a chapel supporting Angus & Julia Stone. How was that?

It was awesome. We did a whole tour with them around Australia which was really incredible, there was a great line-up as well. The other support acts were Cloud Control and Jarryd James, so for us to be on that bill was pretty amazing and playing in the chapel was the last show of that tour and it was just beautiful. We had never really played somewhere that was so stunning to be in. We had a really short set which was a bit of a shame, we only got to play 3 or 4 songs but it was pretty awesome.

So how did it all start for Little May?

It started a few years ago, Liz and Hannah had been playing together when they finished school, just really casually. They’d get together at weekends and play some covers and they tried writing a few songs in their bedroom and stuff. I’d always played guitar and I wanted to be in a band and I knew them from school so when I heard they were playing together I got in touch and asked if they wanted to have a jam and see what happens. It all just happened from there, we played our first gig in 2012 in a pizza shop! And then started playing lots of open mic nights and little pub gigs and it all sort of moved on from there.

Describe your sound

It’s really hard to describe, we always struggle to describe it because we feel like we don’t fit in to a specific genre and we have such a wide range of influences between us. We always end up just saying indie, poppy, folk with a little bit of rock.

What bands/artists are Little May influenced by?

I think we’re all very influenced by The National, that’s a big one for us. I can’t fault them at all on their sound, it’s so beautiful. Hannah writes a lot of the lyrics and she loves Bruce Springsteen so maybe that comes through. We all grew up listening to old music that our parents loved and then we all love the new music that we’re listening to at the moment so it’s sort of a big mash-up.

Your debut EP is beautiful, could you tell me a bit about it?

The EP came out last year, it was a really long work in progress for us because we actually started recording it in 2012 in a friend’s garage/warehouse. We always knew that we were making an EP and were going to release it but it sort of evolved a lot and took longer than we expected. We actually had recorded a few songs that we ended up ditching, redoing, rewriting parts and recording new songs. It wasn’t until 2 or 3 years ago that we actually finished it and released it. It almost feels like the songs are so old and they’re not completely an accurate representation of where we are now but it’s definitely a good representation of where we started.

Are you working on an album at the moment?

Yeah, I’m under strict instructions not to give too much away but there will be an album later this year. We’ve been working on it and it’s sounding pretty exciting. I can’t say too much. It will be out soon.

You’re a graphic designer, did you do the artwork for the Little May EP? Will you be doing the artwork for the upcoming album?

Yeah, I do all the artwork which is pretty awesome for me because I guess design for me is just another creative outlet, it’s all connected. I did all the single artwork and the EP artwork. The EP artwork actually came from a photo that I took in Mexico a few years ago and then I just sort of manipulated it a bit. I’ve been working on the artwork for our upcoming album at the moment, during our tour, which is sort of going to be a big illustration, sort of like a bit of a dream sequence – it’s a lot of scenes from my dreams and nightmares. It’s not quite finished yet but I’ve been working on it a little bit every day, adding to it.

Are you excited for your Dublin show?

I can’t wait, it’s going to be so fun. I’ve never been to Dublin before so you know just being in the city is going to be amazing and very surreal.

What’s your favourite thing about touring?

The actual performances I just love, I love being on stage and playing our sets, it’s a bit of an adrenaline rush but it’s so fun. Then there’s all the other stuff on the side. It’s such a cool way to actually see the world and we spend so much time together, so some times we get pretty sick of each other and it can get a bit full on but we have so much fun. There are so many silly little personal jokes along the way and it’s a lot of fun.

You’ll also be in Ireland for Electric Picnic, are you looking forward to that?

Yeah I can’t wait. I was actually speaking to an Irish woman in London who said that she goes to that festival every year and said it was the best festival, boutique-y and full of really good vibes so I’m really looking forward to it and I hope we have a bit of time to actually hang out at the festival.

What bands/artists are you listening to lately?

Lately, I think my favourite album is the new Sufjan Stevens album. I’ve listened to it so many times, it’s really beautiful and I’ve always been a big Sufjan fan so I love his album. There’s a band from Sydney called Gang of Youths who just released an album and that’s also incredible, I listen to that a lot. It’s really beautiful and heartbreaking, it’s great.

Catch Little May live in Dublin tomorrow night at the Academy 2. There are still some tickets available priced at €13

Little May will be supported by Loris tomorrow night