Dublin band Little Green Cars have come a long way since they entered Battle of the Bands back in 2008- especially considering they didn’t actually win the competition. They have been named ones to watch by The Guardian and The New York Times as well as being featured in BBC’s Sound of 2013.
I had a chat with the band in their tour bus after their first slot supporting Jake Bugg at 02 Academy, Sheffield.
Adam: “That’s one of the biggest shows we’ve played. I saw a little three-year-old on his dad’s back giving it loads for Jake Bugg!”
The band should get used to playing bigger venues as they’ve had a lot of radio play and media attention recently. Radio 1’s Zane Lowe named their first single ‘The John Wayne’ as ‘The Next Hype’. Does this add pressure?
Adam: “We try not to take it all on board and focus on what were doing. It’s really nice though.”
The debut album ‘Absolute Zero’ is due for release in the UK on May 13th. The band worked with producer Markus Dravs (Coldplay, Arcade Fire, Mumford and Sons) who was their first choice. He had originally turned the band down but after hearing a couple of tracks he had a change of heart.
Faye: “He didn’t want to tamper with the music or fiddle with anything too much. So that was great for us. We’d love to work with him again.”
Little Green Car’s fashion sense is a bit of a mixed bag…
Don looks uncannily like Jared Followill (Kings of Leon) and coincidently also plays bass. Dressed in black skinny jeans and a denim short sleeve shirt, he’s nailed the double-denim look.
Guitarist Adam has a pair of daring pink skinny’s on, paired with a checked shirt. This matches his bright and outgoing personality as he is most forth-coming throughout the interview.
Frontman Stevie has a funky floral, vintage-look shirt on and is rocking his floppy Barnet.
Co-lead singer, Faye, has a 90’s grunge look going on; wearing pale jeans, a black roll-neck crop top, a checked shirt layered further by a baggy khaki shirt.
And drummer Dylan looks pretty laid back in a shirt over a plain t-shirt with jeans.
So, is fashion a factor you need to consider when you’re in a band?
Adam: “It’s definitely important but I don’t think it’s a good thing to talk about (laughs). I think forever people have always expressed themselves in some way through the clothes they wear. I think it’s intuitive.”
Faye: “You can always tell if someone’s uncomfortable in their clothes.”
Adam: “There was actually a comment on Facebook recently. Someone wrote: ‘So happy to see Little Green Cars doing well. It’s a shame they made them dress like hipsters though.’ It really got to me! I wanted to write back: We dress ourselves man!”
Some of the band’s fist gigs as punters are pretty impressive: Kings of Leon supporting Pixies (Don) and Paul McCartney (Stevie) and some are slightly more comical:
Dylan: “Mine was Craig David! My mum had to take me along because she couldn’t find a babysitter…honest.”
Faye: “Blink 182. There were condoms blown up and I was like: ‘Ahh balloons!’. My mam was shouting, ‘Don’t touch them!’”
The band is currently touring in the UK then Ireland before kicking off their North America tour. See if they’re coming to a town near you here.
In the mean time, check out their latest video ‘Harper Lee’ from the band’s official YouTube page:
Photographs by Gary Wolstenholme
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