Bands to Watch #138: Little Red

By on Monday, 12th October 2009 at 12:00 pm

Little Red (side)Little Red are a Melbourne quintet who describe their sound as “original doo-wop punk”. I was stupidly excited by this fantastical musical concoction of a description. I was even more pumped when I got round to hearing their music.

It’s a rare occasion that a new band comes along and interests me as intensely as Lil’ Red. The band certainly do ‘doo-wop’ their way through nostalgically bouncy hits, casually adding an extra punky jangle of guitars, which, quite frankly, is a formula equal to audio sunny delight. Their super vintage harmonies and poppy 50s hooks really make you want to don a neck scarf and twist ‘n’ shout the night away – it’s Grease soundtracked by Stratocasters.

The element of indie riffs and thumping basses radiates Strokes-come-Vampire Weekend, while the excitable vocal screeches wouldn’t be out of place coming from Little Richard (Check out ‘It’s Alright’ in particular). No matter how cliché and overused the statement is, Little Red manage to take that bopping, old rock n roll sound, and turn it fresh and fun. They are like a lo-fi Beach Boys, dropped into the noughties and dressed in skinny jeans. If you haven’t already guessed, I really love these guys. Perhaps you might too.

Check out their new video for Waiting below.


Alternatively, check out the official video to ‘Coca Cola’, below. Be sure to watch out for the band pulling shapes The Shadows’ would be proud of :


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