- 18 Oct 17
Little One are Dublin five-piece consisting of John Sheil, Zach Douglas, Samuel Doogan, Sean McManamon and Rob Kennedy. In their two singles to date, 'Corner' and 'L/0', the band have shown their knack for textured layers which bubble under the surface of ethereal female vocals, often grounded by a male counterpart. Tasteful melodic guitars, which wouldn't be out of place on tracks by such big hitters as The National, keep the momentum and build going throughout the tracks. In just a short space of time the band have achieved a lot, not least a performance at this year's Glastonbury Festival. We caught up with them ahead of the release of their single, ’The Habit’ later this month. They told us about how they developed their sound to effortlessly include such an eclectic mix of genres, the evolution of their sound and how they seem to have garnered a surprising following in Thailand.
There’s a number of influences that are all really apparent in your music - from folk to more modern electronica and post rock sounds, with a really nice ambient feel. Do you each bring a different element individually, or is this a pool that you are all collectively interested in?
Sean: It’s hard to say, we are all influenced by similar artists, we all love Radiohead for example, and Alt-J. Me and Sam really, really like folk music. Because some of our songs are written by different people, they all have a slight bit of a different flavour to them but I think when we all combine we all know each others role and we tend to play off each other which leads to a really collaborative piece that comes out.
Zach: Yeah, it doesn't matter which one of us writes the bones of it or whatever, when you bring it to the lads its always gonna go to places that you weren't expecting. Usually it’s for the better - no, it’s always for the better.