Little May Get Amped For Falls Festival

Posted by: on Oct 13, 2015 | No Comments

Little May has become one of the most talked about bands around. Over the past three or four years, the band has gone from playing small pub and club shows to on festival bills throughout Europe and the US. Having released their stunning debut album For The Company last Friday (October 9th) the band are currently on a European and US tour before heading back to Australia to ring in the new year at Falls Festival in Lorne, Byron and Marion Bays respectively. The day before the band were set to fly out, I got the opportunity to sit down with Hannah Field (one third of the band) to have a chat about the band’s steady rise to fame and what it was like to record their debut with Aaron Dessner from The National in a nineteenth century church in Brooklyn.

Despite having not packed her bags yet, it’s easy to hear the excitement in Field’s voice as we begin to chat about the next couple of months. “It’s a little nerve wracking because I haven’t finished doing all the essential things yet, but I am really excited because this will be our second big tour overseas. I think this time around we are more prepared and we have quite an idea of what to expect. We are going to places that we have never been to before and playing to a whole stack of new audiences. I’ve never been to Amsterdam so that’s going to be a very fun and eye opening experience and when we were in Berlin last time, I seemed to sleep the whole time, so I’m excited to actually be awake in Berlin.”

A whirlwind tour over two months which sees the band traverse Europe and the US before heading home to play at Falls Festival, having the opportunity to ring in 2016 in Oz, is something that Field is very much looking forward to. “It’s very surreal to be on that lineup, I have idolised and listened to Paul Kelly my whole life and so I am really excited to try and catch one of his sets. Courtney Barnett has had a massive couple of years so it’d be cool to meet her as well. I have actually never seen her live so it’ll be awesome to see her perform. It would be a rock star moment to get a selfie with Paul for the Little May Instagram but I don’t want to fan girl too much or be a pest, so we’ll see what happens on the day.”

The debut record for Little May, put simply is a stunning collection of blissful acoustic folk tales with a little bit of a darker edge. Talking about the opportunity of a lifetime to work with Aaron Dessner, a longtime dream collaboration of the band, was quite a pinch yourself moment and something that Field will never forget. “We drew up a list of people we wanted to record with and he was on the top of the list. Our management just sent a email to his people and within a couple of weeks he got back to us and said that he really liked our music and would really love to work with us. It was two sentences that I never expected to read. The album took seven weeks all up to record, it was four weeks in the converted church in Hudson and three weeks in Aaron’s garage in Brooklyn.”

For a band that has amassed three million Spotify streams in the space of 18 months, the world truly is their oyster. No doubt with the album out, an Australian tour is definitely on the cards for 2016, so keep your eyes peeled to their social media. If your headed along to Falls over New Years, be sure to mark them in your schedules!








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