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Feel It, the fantastic first single from The Little Stevies'
new album, Attention Shoppers, is a song about not over-thinking.
"It's about just diving in, head first," says guitarist/bass
player Robin Geradts-Gill. "It's something we've been doing
more and more lately." Indeed, Attention Shoppers is the
sound of a band growing up and leaving home.
The Little Stevies made the album in LA with producer Ethan
Allen, who was Daniel Lanois' house engineer, and later
worked with Tricky, Ani DiFranco and Tim Finn. "Being independent,
we had an indie A&R person put us in touch with a bunch
of producers, some in Australia, and some overseas," Robin
explains. "We were pretty surprised that so many were keen
to work on the project, given we didn't have much money.
So after lots of lengthy chats, and hearing all their ideas
about the demos, we narrowed it down to Ethan." How did
LA influence the record? "Put it this way: Mexican food
was to Attention Shoppers what cocaine was to Rumours. We're
a pretty happy, smiley band and, certain parts excluded,
LA is a very happy, smiley place, so it was a perfect fit."
The Little Stevies have a fine sense of humour. They share
management with The Temper Trap, and were keen to call this
record "Shampoos", as a companion to that band's Conditions.
"Seriously," Robin says, "it got to the point where we were
looking to anything for inspiration, especially street signs:
'Fire Hose Reel', 'Keep Left', that sort of thing. In the
end it worked - we were walking past a supermarket after
one recording session and we saw a sign that said 'Attention
Shoppers'. Once we realised the double-meaning, that was
In 2006, Howzat! asked The Little Stevies if they'd had
a favourite description of the band. They replied: "Like
a rich banana cake with hot sticky date pudding syrup dribbled
over the top." Have they had a description that's bettered
that one? "One female blogger in the US described Robin
as 'a tall glass of water' after seeing his silly dancing
in the Feel It video."
If you're yet to see the clip for the album's first single,
head to YouTube right now. It's a joyously silly romp that
manages to both send-up and celebrate dance videos. "We're
terrified by music video as an art form," Robin admits.
"You get this one chance to show the world what you're like
when you're not on stage, and you can make it so interesting
or so bland. We always try to make them as interesting as
possible - sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. My
favourite clip would be The Chemical Brothers' Let Forever
Be, which Michel Gondry directed. A great local one is Augie
March's Cold Acre. And there's this one I remember seeing
when I was a teenager, and I have no idea who it was by,
or what it's called, but the band was chased out of the
studio and around Trafalgar Square by giant letters spelling
out the song lyrics. If someone knows who it is, can you
post it on our Facebook page?"
The Feel It clip also features a cameo by the Bigger Stevies,
which is appropriate because The Little Stevies have inherited
much of their talent - Sibylla and Bethany's mum, Sharyn,
and Robin's dad, Steve, were in a band called Dove. "They
sang kind of cheesy pop in the '70s," Robin smiles, "so,
yeah, I guess they were fairly similar. Seriously though,
while the music sounds pretty different, they were big into
three and four-part harmonies, and that's definitely something
The Little Stevies launch Attention Shoppers with two big
shows at the Toff on Saturday and Sunday. They will then
return to North America for some summer festivals and this
time they hope to visit Little Stevie's Pizza, which is
reputedly "the best pizza in Boston". "We nearly went through
Boston last time," Robin says. "If we'd remembered Little
Stevie's Pizza was there, it might have swayed us!"
BOY IN A BOX COMES OUT TO PLAY
Not only has Boy In A Box delivered Howzat!'s favourite
new single - Glitter, Gold, Ruin - he's got another great
song, The Warriors, which Channel 10 is using to promote
its AFL coverage. 2011 is gonna be a big year for Boy In
It happens all the time in the movie world, and now The
Killjoys have done a sequel to their debut album, Ruby.
Twenty-one years later, they're getting set to release Pearl,
a new album, which will be packaged with a remastered version
of Ruby. The first single, My Old Guitar - a duet with Charles
Jenkins - will be launched at the Northcote Social Club
on May 13.
Howzat! caught former Tiltmeter singer Andrew McDonald live
last Friday at Wesley Anne. Tiltmeter were a fine, underrated
band, and Andrew has now created a glorious solo album.
It's out in July.
For the first time in six weeks there is an Aussie single
in the national Top 20. But just two homegrown hits are
in the Top 40.
What Happened To Us JESSICA MAUBOY (number 14)
Friday To Sunday JUSTICE CREW (39)
Sparkadia debut at eight.
The Great Impression SPARKADIA (number eight, debut)
Temptation THE WAIFS (13)
Aftermath HILLSONG UNITED (16)
Down The Way ANGUS & JULIA STONE (19)
The Experiment ART VS. SCIENCE (25)
Birds Of Tokyo BIRDS OF TOKYO (31)
Running On Air BLISS N ESO (35)
Glitter, Gold, Ruin BOY IN A BOX
Accidentally THE LITTLE STEVIES
The Great Collage ANDREW McDONALD
Better Than Leaving TENIELLE
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