Artist info

Genre

Indie, Pop, Roots


Sounds like

First Aid Kit, The Lumineers, The Maes, Mumford & Sons, Of Monsters And Me


band members

Abbey (acoustic guitar and vocals) Jaymi (mandolin and vocals) Mia (drums and vocals) Alex (bass and vocals)


Unearthed artists we like

Amy Vee, Julia Jacklin


Bio

They’ve got the hooks, the harmonies and the explosive live energy, but if there’s one thing Little Quirks are missing, it’s a good fake ID. With the youngest of the three band members drummer Mia being just 16 years of age, Little Quirks have become adept at sweet talking door security to get into their own gigs.

Despite their age, this Central Coast family band has clocked up seven years of musical experience together since they began to hone their craft busking at local farmers markets. In recent years you would find Abbey, Mia and Jaymi charming crowds at music festivals and venues up and down the East Coast, sharing stages with artists such as The Teskey Brothers, The Preatures, Xavier Rudd, Ruby Fields, Tim Rogers and Alex the Astronaut.

A Little Quirks live performance is something to behold. There is a rare, unaffected honesty to their approach as they layer catchy-as-all-hell folk and pop melodies atop a relentless pounding beat. Audiences have no choice but to smile as the band dances to their own driving rhythms with a youthful exuberance that is simply undeniable. It was one such set at BIGSOUND 2019 that caught the attention of ABC Records and the band signed to the label very soon thereafter.

At home the band is equally playful, creating all of their music, cover art and videos themselves. The two sisters in the band, Abbey (vocals/guitar) and Mia Toole (drums), have a backyard recording studio at their family home (they built the studio with their Dad, Adam). While their cousin Jaymi Toole (vocals/mandolin) creates all the band’s visual artwork out of her bedroom studio just down the road.
The three members are prolific in their output - a trait inherited by their parents who played in bands together in the 80’s – having released three EPs and two standalone singles over the past three years. Their 2018 single ‘Crumbled’ has been a runaway favourite on Spotify with over 3 million streams. The band has also amassed a loyal following for their powerful and distinctive DIY videos on YouTube.

“These Quirks have the nous and charm of the greats. Deft songwriting and performers of depth and levity. Watch ‘em rise” – Tim Rogers

Undeterred by 2020 show cancellations, including their debut UK tour, Little Quirks returned to the studio over winter to record EP number #4. This time they enlisted the skills of Nashville based mix wizard Ryan Hewitt (The Lumineers, Vance Joy) to put the finishing touches on their strongest work yet. The first single from the new set is ‘Florence’s Town’, an epic pop number which sees the band in full vocal flight, singing their way to an imaginary city, an emerald city if you like, and there is simply no way for the listener to turn down an invitation to come on that adventure.

Review

Review by Declan Byrne Declan Byrne

31 Oct 2019

Triple J
40

this is sublime. fans of lumineers and mumford & sons have to get around these perfect harmonies.

this is sublime. fans of lumineers and mumford & sons have to get around these perfect harmonies.

Review

Review by Bryce Mills Bryce Mills

30 Oct 2019

Triple J
40

This song gives me that same uplifting feeling that us Central Coast alumni get when we tell people that Erina Fair is the largest single-story shopping centre in the Southern Hemisphere

This song gives me that same uplifting feeling that us Central Coast alumni get when we tell people that Erina Fair is the largest single-story shopping centre in the Southern Hemisphere

Review

Review by Dave Ruby Howe Dave Ruby Howe

30 Oct 2019

Triple J
40

This group continues to grow with each release. This one's got that folky charm that works so well and the vocals complement each other nicely.

This group continues to grow with each release. This one's got that folky charm that works so well and the vocals complement each other nicely.