This Little May article was written by Steven Loftin, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Natalie Whitehouse
It’s quite a rare thing for an entire audience to be absolutely captivated during a performance, so much so that not a word is spoken, even from the drunks in the back. But that’s exactly what happened during Little May’s gig in Manchester.
Hailing from Sydney, Australia, the band is made up of singer/guitarist Liz Hammond, guitarist Annie Hamilton and singer Hannah Field, and together they create the kind of airy, dreamy indie music that is soothing yet makes you recall raw emotion.
Having just released their debut record , the band took this opportunity to showcase the majority of the tracks from the record as well as a couple of older tracks from their first self-titled EP. Though the venue itself wasn’t packed out, the fanbase that they have acquired are particularly devoted; with some discussing having been to previous shows in Manchester and places further afield.
Utilising all the parts of the band that make them great, most notably layered vocal harmonies and gorgeous guitar sounds, the live show the band puts on somehow takes what is already a body of solid recordings and makes an absolutely impeccable live performance of it. There is no faltering and absolutely no loss of atmosphere. The blue that lights the stage is thematic throughout the show, helping this entrancing act keep everyone hooked.
Highlights of the night include a cover of Ice House’s ‘Great Southern Land’, which was originally performed for Australian radio station Triple J and is now fast becoming a staple, along with one of the leading singles from the new record ‘Oh My My’, which is one of only two times Liz Hammond takes the lead. With the rest of the band turning the chorus into almost chanting gang vocals, it creates a whole new dynamic and alludes to the development the band could take in their next stage.
The setlist made sure to cover all aspects of their abilities, from faster numbers like ‘Remind Me’, where touring drummer Catriona Hunter adds a new layer to the songs with her unrelenting power, to slower numbers that truly engage the emotional side of all watching such as ‘The Shine Is Brighter At Night’.
If you find Little May are in your town soon, I highly suggest you make the trip to see them, not just so you can believe what I’m saying, but also purely so you can experience a room full of people who are silently enchanted by Australia’s next-finest export.
‘For The Company’ is out now on Dew Process