A dark tangle of raw lyrics, honest and haunting melodies and voices upon voices upon voices; Little May represent a new generation of songwriters. Undefinable and expansive, Little May’s sound is created by age-old friends Annie Hamilton, Liz Drummond and Hannah Field, who in 18 short months have acquired almost two million Soundcloud plays, three million Spotify streams and whose debut EP has made its way into the ears of fans and tastemakers far beyond their Sydney home.
Since releasing their debut single ‘Boardwalks’, the outfit have been making waves internationally, topping Hype Machine three times, sitting comfortably in the Australian community radio Airit charts as well as receiving high rotation on Triple J. They have been plucked as a favourite by BBC Radio 1 goddess, Fearne Cotton, a ‘Next Hype’ slot with Zane Lowe, along with plays across XFM, Amazing Radio and BBC Radio 2 in the UK following from their two sold out debut London shows in late 2014. Little May have graced the pages of Britain’s The Sunday Times and been highly tipped as an “act to watch” by The Guardian, and all off the back of just one five-track EP.
Across the Atlantic in 2014, Little May performed to sold-out rooms across NYC for CMJ where they were officially selected as one of the “11 Breakout Acts of CMJ”. A show with Cold War Kids at Rough Trade, a nod of approval from NPR heavyweight, Bob Boilen, recommended by the Huffington Post as an ‘Artist You Need to Start Listening To in 2015’ (alongside the likes of Broods, Mark Ronson and Vic Mensa) and a spread in Nylon Magazine saw these young over achievers crack #42 most added to college radio across the country.
Wowing crowds and selling out shows on their recent 2015 tour, Little May have played the Great Escape Festival, a string of shows across the UK, Ireland and France, in addition to Southside and Hurricane Festival in Germany and Best Kept Secret in the Netherlands. Joining arguably one of the strongest festival lineups, Little May performed at Bonnaroo Festival as well as Gentlemen of the Road, where they joined the likes of the Flaming Lips, Alabama Shakes and Mumford & Sons. With an impending slot at Reading Festival, Leeds Festival and Electric Picnic, Little May’s ever-growing resume of mesmerising shows proves no sign of slowing down.
Alongside bassist Mark Harding and drummer Catriona Hunter, their five-piece live set up is as mesmerising as the records. On home soil, they have supported Angus & Julia Stone, Rodriguez, Big Scary, Bernard Fanning, Mikhael Paskalev and played alongside the likes of Lorde, Haim, and Cloud Control at St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival. They also played a sunset spectacular at Splendour In The Grass 2014 alongside Asgeir, Foals, Lily Allen and Foster The People ahead of their own second sold out national headline tour.
Enormous fans of Aaron Brooking Dessner and The National, it was a career-defining moment when Aaron agreed work with the band. During April and May of 2015, Little May made their way to Hudson in upstate New York and began recording their debut album with Aaron. “It was a dream of ours to work with Aaron Dessner. We are so incredibly grateful to have had the opportunity to make this album with him, and Jonathan Lowe, who engineered and mixed the album. Aaron captured the heart of what we are about, and we couldn’t be more thankful,” Little May say about the experience.
Recorded in the main hall at Future Past Studios – a converted nineteenth-century church in Hudson, New York, the unique setting helped capture an intensity now trademark of Little May’s music. With the remainder of the album completed in Aaron’s garage in Brooklyn, New York set the visual soundtrack for this unique experience, as documented in the accompanying video for their single, ‘Home’.
If the first half of 2015 is any indication, Little May’s spotlight is going to be a bright one.www.littlemaymusic.com/