Artist info


Indie, Pop

Sounds like

Eugene Mcguinness, the Hives, Chuck Berry

band members

Marlon - Vox , Guit | Dave - Vox, Guit | Gareth - Vox, B Guit | Danny - Drums


billy bragg, Elvis Costello, Spinal Tap


As a band, if you’re playing covers for a regular Burlesque night, then you just have to be good - it’s as simple as that. This is exactly how it began for Brisbane’s Little Odessa – they’d sneak in an original or two amongst their high energy covers of Elvis Costello, The Beatles and The Hives while the ladies did their “thing”. However, the thing about these shows was that the feedback came flowing in: support, enthusiasm and inquiries of “Where’s the next show” and “Where can I buy your music?”

So before too long, the four-piece became formally known as Little Odessa, forgoing their former moniker of The Rebel Cosmonauts and, keeping the vibe of these shows that had served them so well, wrote themselves a set full of original stompers and set to work getting these songs out to the world. The shows flowed in thick and fast, shows on boats, shows at high-profile openings and support slots with the likes of Kingswood, The Jungle Giants, Hungry Kids of Hungary, Glass Towers, Velociraptor, The Cairos, The Delta Riggs and Pluto Jonze all helped the band grow from that little band that could, to one that was doing.

And their recorded output pricked a few ears too. Their somewhat throwback sound continued to gel an energetic swagger from the 1950s with a genuine love for pop songs from the 60s and 70s. Their debut single ‘My Girl’ not only won the NIDA/triple j Unearthed competition to have their first video made for them but local Brisbane entity The City Sounds chose them out of 177 other bands to record with ARIA-winning producer Magoo and his Applewood Studios. The first result of these recording sessions came in the form of ‘All Night’, a song that saturated the summer airwaves on triple j. Now comes ‘It’s About Time’, a song that perhaps defies their retro leanings and drags them kick and screaming into something that rewrites what Little Odessa is about - a lot of personality and swagger, a keen eye for sharp songwriting and something that will blow your socks off live.


Reviewed by Dom Alessio Dom Alessio

28 Feb 2013

Triple J

This got sold to...

This got sold to me as the '60s meets The Hives and that pretty much nails it. So what do you get? Rock'n'roll fun times, that's what!

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