Franz Ferdinand, The Beach Boys
Adrian Beltrame - guitars and vocals, Dominic Byrne - guitars and vocals, Quang Dinh - bass and vocals, Tom Hartney - vocals and savoir faire, Taka Honda - drums
The Beatles, Chuck Berry, Sam Cooke
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With their strats, harmonies and recylcled suits, Little Red are possibly Melbourne's grooviest (if not only) white R&B vocal group. They've just recorded their debut EP called "Get Ready" which they hope to launch in July. In the mean time they are happy enough gigging around Melbourne like there's no tomorrow! Whether it's R&B, soul, or rock'n'roll, if the kids can dance to it then Little Red will play it! The formula is simple: Tom takes the bass note, Quang the baritone, Dominic the lead, and Adrian the tenor part, while Taka, previously a Japanese scientist of some renown, provides the beat. You provide the ears and hopefully JJJ provides the infrastructure! To answer Zan's question: no we're not signed!! Thanks for the support.
Whether it's R&B, soul, or rock'n'roll, if the kids can dance to it then Little Red will play it! The formula is simple: Tom takes the bass note, Quang the baritone, Dominic the lead and Adrian the tenor part, while Taka provides the beat.
Describe your music...
Ok. Our music is genuine garage soul/R&B with more vocal harmonies than you can poke a stick at! Of course we’ve got plenty of hot guitar licks and jumping bass lines as well if that’s what you like. Someone once called it mod-soul – I thought that sounded pretty cool.
How did your band get together?
Well in the beginning there were two bands of not much consequence. I won’t waste your time telling you about them except to say that one was a Radiohead-inspired progressive rock act and the other was a Nick Cave-style gothic colonial folk band. To our pleasant surprise, when the two bands united we sounded more like the Beach Boys! The next step was to pick up a drummer and the obvious choice was Japanese scientist Takahiro Honda. That was in 2006 and we’ve never looked back.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
When we were recording our debut album earlier this year (currently being mixed), we were very honoured and privileged to have local resident Wilbur Wilde come in and do a bit of sax on one of our groovy rock’n’roll numbers called Jackie Cooper. Willy, after telling us one of his hilarious stories, suddenly became very serious: “You can’t put a price on the laughs, boys”. We have followed his advice ever since – we are very serious about our music, but it’s got to be fun.
Describe an average rehearsal session for Little Red. Where does it take place?
To answer your second question first, if I may do it that way, we always practice on Saturday arvos at Adrian’s family home in East Ivanhoe and there’s a good reason for that - his mum Mrs Beltrame makes the best salami sandwiches on that side of town. I doubt she would read this but I’d seriously like to thank her all the same. She’s probably just glad we’re not a metal band. Anyway, after a hearty lunch it’s straight to work on refining our sound – trying to make the song as short as possible and perfecting our harmonies. After we get bored of that we like to mix things up with a new number if anyone’s got one worth doing (and Dom usually does!).
Who would you most like to tour with and what tips would you ask them for?
Hmmm. Probably Elvis but in his absence we would gladly settle for the next best thing and tour with our mates The Vasco Era. And it’s funny you should ask actually, because that’s exactly what we’re doing. Next month we will join them as support on the Victorian leg of their national tour. We are excited! I think I will ask Sid for a few tips for when we play the Elvis tribute night at the Old Bar in August.
What have you got planned for the future?
We’re releasing our single ‘Waiting’ through Regal/Parlophone in England later in the year, but first we’ll be launching our debut EP ‘Get Ready’ right here in OZ, hopefully in July. We hope you like it. And as I mentioned we’ve already recorded a full album which we are really excited about. We hope you like that too, but it’ll have to wait for now!
Australian music is…
As I remember thinking, as I stood pint in hand, watching the mighty Ground Components earlier this year, surely live music can’t get any better than this, no matter where you go! And when you’ve got greats like Wilbur Wilde prepared to give up their valuable time to help out a young band, you’ve got to have faith in the Aussie music scene. Thanks JJJ it’s been fun.View Profile Hide Interview
27 May 2007