Little May | Live at Northcote Social Club

November 21st, 2014 | Northcote Social Club

I arrived to the Northcote Social Club just before 11pm,  with the girls due to hit the stage at 11:20pm, and before I even walked through the doors I could feel the electric atmosphere. It came as no surprise that the NSC was packed—there was barely any room to move—but as soon as the girls came on stage I quickly forgot how cramped I was.

Little May’s Liz Drummond, Hannah Field and Annie Hamilton were joined on stage by a bass guitarist who doubled as a keyboard player and drummer, which brought a full sound to their set. LM definitely knows how to command a stage. I found myself hanging on every word that was sung or spoken and as the night went on every strum of the guitar or banjo became more and more mesmerizing.

They played songs off their newly released, self-titled EP and I have to say my favourite songs from the night were Hide, which had this amazing echoing build up from the drums mixed with vocal harmonies, and their hit Boardwalks. When they played their song Bones, it had a slight First Aid Kit sound to it with dramatic vocal layers from the girls that sent shivers up my spine, especially during the chorus line ‘do you feel it in your bones like I do?

A few of the other songs the girls played that night I wasn’t as familiar with, but nevertheless those songs were just as addictive. Their whole set had a mixture of indie, folk, country and rock about it. The trio, plus their two extra band members, gave us electric guitar leads, soft keys, booming drums and beautiful vocals.

There is clearly so much talent packed into these three girls and they make sure you know how good they are, this gig didn’t miss a beat. Everything from the band’s presence to their angelic voices had me saying to the random drunk next to me ‘fuck, I really love this Australian trio’.

One of the best things I noticed at this gig were the people in the crowd singing along who you would never think you’d find at a folk gig. There was beer being spilled all over the place, but what kind of a gig would it be without some drunken idiot spilling alcohol over everyone around them without realizing.

These girls are amazing. They are doing something that is completely different to anyone else. All of their songs sound different and cohesive at the same time and that makes for a great live show. I would recommend anyone to go along and sway to these indie folk girls.

Liz Drummond, Hannah Field and Annie Hamilton are definitely going from strength to strength. I wouldn’t be surprised if the next time I see them they are selling out arenas. In one word, Friday night’s gig was bliss.

Little May are on a national tour! Catch them here:

Friday, November 28 – Newtown Social Club, Newtown, NSW

Friday, December 5 – The Solbar, Maroochydore, QLD

Saturday, December 6 – Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley, QLD

Monday, December 29 – Rhythm and Vines Festival, Gisborne, NZ

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