Little Indie blog

A little blog about indie stuff

  1. With the vibrant indie music scene in Australia and New Zealand constantly outshining much of the output from their British and American cousins, Little Indie picks our weekly bunch of some of the best new tracks on offer.


    The Auckland, NZ indies' latest release comes in collaboration with Jeremy Toy (She's So Rad) and follows the recent 'Hate Somebody' and 'Higher Lows and Lower Highs'. Drawn on the spirit of Larry Levan's early 1980s NYC club remixes, says frontman Nick Johnston, the punk-funk basslines neatly accompany sweet reverbed vocals in a club-dance style.


    A year after the excellent 'Biology',
    Melbourne indie Brit-pop-rock five-piece end 2018 with an upbeat, feel-good vibe on new sub-five-minute single that melds rhythmic melodies with a foot-tapping addictiveness.


    Following the release of their second album 'Voyager' last month, the Auckland, NZ electronic-prog hip hop act here feature the vocals of Berlin-based Tongan-Kiwi Noah Slew on this sombre, glitchy cut.


    Released December 14 and taken from his debut album, 'Retrospeculation', out February 22 2019, Melbourne-based Adrian Osman - former lead guitarist of Brisbane rock outfit Tourism - sounds like a name to watch next year. Produced by the prolific Konstantin Kersting (Jungle Giants, Mallrat, The Belligerents), this track fuses a shimmering synth-pop with elements of 80s New Wave.


    Recorded on an 8-track tape machine, the Fremantle quartet's cut - released December 13 - from their upcoming debut album, takes 60s-inspired garage rock and experiments with psych-pop reflections, helmed by the smooth guitar and lead vocals of Hannah Smillie.


    Melbourne trio further their electro-rock-meet-upbeat-pop sound, with this catchy synth-infused offering. "While the song essentially explores the idea of what do we do with our youth - how do we spend our time, how do we waste it, etc - this video takes a little bit of a tangent," says lead singer Mick Oechsle.

  2. Words: Ellie Ward

    Ten Fé have unveiled their latest new track ‘Echo Park’ - taken from forthcoming album ‘Future Perfect, Present Tense’, due for release on Some Kinda Love/PIAS on March 8 2019.

    “It was written shortly after getting back from our tour of the States last year," say the band. "We’d spent the last few days staying in an apartment in Echo Park, and hanging out in different places around the city, always driving around with the radio on. Our heads were still very much in that place when we returned home, and the more sultry feel of this song was evocative of that time. It’s a conversation between two friends, one offering his advice to the other - it's in the spirit of being a band out in LA, loved up, blissed out, getting each other's backs ".

    The band have just announced their biggest-yet tour of the UK, Europe & US next spring to promote ‘Future Perfect, Present Tense’, and have just added new dates in Manchester UK, Washington DC, Ottowa and Montreal. See full list below.

    Live dates

    MARCH 2019
    17 Washington, DC, Songbyrd
    19 New York, Bowery Ballroom
    20 Allston, MA, Great Scott
    21 Philadelphia, PA, Milkboy
    23 Toronto, ON, The Drake Hotel
    24 Ottowa, ON, 27 Club
    25 Montreal, QC, Bar Le Ritz PBD
    27 Detroit, MI, Magic Bag
    28 Milwaukee, WI, Colectivo
    30 Chicago, IL, Schubas
    31 Minneapolis, MN, 7th Street Entry
    02 Denver, CO, Globe Hall
    05 Phoenix, AZ, Valley Bar
    06 Las Vegas, NV, The Bunkhouse Saloon
    07 San Diego, CA, The Casbah
    09 Los Angeles, CA, Troubadour
    11 San Fran, CA,The Independent
    13 Portland, OR, Doug Fir Lounge
    14 Vancouver, Biltmore Cabaret
    15 Seattle, WA, Barboza
    24 Manchester, UK, Yes (Pink Room)
    25 Edinburgh, UK, Sneaky Pete's
    26 Newcastle, UK, Think Tank?
    27 Leeds, UK, Headrow House
    29 Nottingham, UK, Rough Trade
    30 Bristol, UK, The Louisiana
    01 Brighton, UK, The Hope & Ruin
    04 Paris, FR, Pont FMR
    05 Antwerp, BE, Trix
    07 Zurich, CH, Papiersaal
    09 Vienna, AT, B72
    10 Prague, CZ, Café vs Lese
    11 Berlin, DE, Musik & Frieden
    13 Hamburg, DE, Molotow
    14 Cologne, DE, Studio 672
    16 Nijmegen, NL, Merleyn
    17 Rotterdam, NL, Rotown
    18 Utrecht, NL, EKKO
    19 Amsterdam, NL, Bitterzoet

  3. Words: Sam Geary

    Recorded by Nick Ireland, Western Australia three-piece Pretty Uglys unveil latest single, the infectious 'Bedroom Socialite'.

    Their punchy sound exudes all the energy to be expected through their blend of garage, surf, punk and pop, with crisp guitars and dynamic vocal delivery by guitarist/singer Jaxon Alp.

    “I wrote the song inspired by the ideas of social situations especially when you find yourself questioning how you come across to others or trying to piece together why you react in certain ways to what people say, or maybe putting pressure on yourself to be the best ‘cool’,” says Alp. "I guess long story short, it’s social anxiety.”

    Pretty Uglys play Mojos Bar in Fremantle on December 19.

  4. After recently releasing three singles and doing a brief tour in the US, Keuning, the solo project of The Killers’ lead guitarist Dave Keuning, headed to England to play two shows in Manchester and London.

    Catching him just before his set at Night & Day Cafe in Manchester, Samantha Hall spoke to Dave about how he’s doing touring by himself for the first time.

    What’s it like being back in the UK? Have you missed it?

    Dave: I have definitely missed it, it feels good to be here - except for taking so long to get here, I really love coming here. The people are different for whatever reason, they seem to be a little more into music, they’re great crowds. I was telling my band mates I wish we could just play maybe San Diego and here, like just keep coming back to England because great crowds, always fun, so yeah I’m definitely happy to be back.

    How is touring on your own going so far?

    Dave: So far it’s been good. It’s still unusual that I’m the front man, but it’s exciting that I’m up there and thinking like ‘“these are my songs”. They’re actually what were just ideas a year ago and now they’re reality and they’re being played.

    Is it nerve wracking?

    Dave: It was the first show, and I’m even a teeny bit nervous now because it’s the first time playing the UK with my own stuff. It’s not too bad, usually I’m fine after the first song. I get into it.

    How did you get to this point? What was it that encouraged you to take that leap to create your own music?

    Dave: Just because I had a lot of ideas that were collecting dust, not being used. Some of them were like 10 years old and some of them brand new cause I just keep adding new ones and I’m like ‘am I ever gonna do anything with these or not?’. So I started recording at my house and laying down all the guitar, bass, keys and then they needed vocals - I did not necessarily set out to sing. I was never about me wanting to be a frontman, I kinda had to be the frontman because they were my songs and I had some vocal melodies in mind and then everything else was done but the singing, so I finally just decided to do it. It’s kinda fun, I’m still learning how to sing a little bit so, it’s not easy.

    Were there any situations that specifically inspired Prismism as an album?

    Dave: Well a lot of situations but you know, not being on tour with The Killers allowed me the time to be able to do this. Where I’d normally just want to relax between tours because the tours are like a year and a half to two years and I don’t necessarily just wanna go right into recording the second I’m off tour. I wanna just relax and enjoy normal life for a little bit. But this time I had a lot of free time and it was like, long overdue, and I even questioned “should I even do this?”, but I was like “well, I only live once! I got all these ideas!”. It’s really not about ego, or anything like that it really isn’t, it’s just about me having fun putting my songs out there to whoever wants to hear them.

    What are your plans post album release?

    Dave: I’ll do some touring, I’m planning on coming back to England sometime next year, I don’t know when as of now, and then just keep making more music. I don’t know when that’ll be released cause I gotta promote this one for a while, but I’ve already written a lot of songs for the next record. I’m just excited to be out there playing shows again.

    Keuning’s debut album, 'Prismism', is set to be released on January 25 2019.


  5. Directed yet again by frontman Oscar Pollock with Lewis Knaggs, Sundara Karma drop their latest video for new track 'The Changeover'.

    The third cut from their forthcoming second album, 'Ulfilas' Alphabet', to be released on March 1 2019, its visual features the frontman, bedecked with fetching cowboy hat, in a subdued ecclesiastic setting.

    Watch 'The Changeover' above.

    Live dates

    APRIL 2019
    02 Glasgow Barrowlands
    04 Nottingham Rock City
    06 Manchester Victoria Warehouse
    08 Bristol Academy
    09 Sheffield Academy
    10 Birmingham Institute
    12 Southampton Guildhall
    13 London Brixton Academy