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Little Red, The Oxford Art Factory – 17th July 2010

Written by Iylia Suhaina on July 21, 2010

There’s just something about Little Red that makes them have that irresistible likeable factor. They’re just so easy on the ears, with the 60’s indie-retro-pop-rock vibe, and that cheeky schoolboy charm they have.

The eagerly anticipated gig sees the Melbourne boys being supported by Wons Phreely and fellow Melbournians Big Scary, both acts putting out superb sets and receiving a well-deserved grand response. They certainly set the pace, getting the crowd all hyped up for the main act of the night.

The short intermission saw the venue filling up to maximum capacity with a crowd of mostly cool indie kids. Not long after, Little Red appeared onstage with opening number Stare In Love, a much beloved single from their first album Listen To Little Red. The boys looked genuinely happy to be there, it’s their first tour since returning from the UK for a series of gigs and an intensive recording session at The Grove Studios in the Sydney bush.

Little Red played a good mixture of tunes from their current album, as well as giving the lucky crowd a sneak peak at songs from the upcoming sophomore effort. Still bringing the cool 60’s vibe, the new songs showcase an evident maturity from the boys. Little Red has grown up indeed, mixing the 60’s sentiment with a cooler and edgier vibe.

Such evidence is clearly seen in the catchy new single Rock It. Vocalist and guitarist Dominic Byrne showed much enthusiasm as he sings and grooves along to the song. Rock It is just one of those infectious tunes that never leaves your head, and it’s no surprise that it’s been on constant rotation on Triple J. Another stunner from the upcoming album is Slow Motion, sung by Quang Dinh. His vocal ability is outstanding, and the crowd recognisesd his efforts and gave an overwhelming feedback.

Adrian Beltrame and the rest of the Little Red boys played a generous amount of crowd pleasers, including Witchdoctor and Fight Song. Tom Hartney got the fans all excited with Coca Cola, the crowd showing their appreciation by singing and dancing along to the catchy riffs. It’s always a pleasure seeing the stage antics of drummer Taka Honda. With a cheeky grin on his face, he drums happily to the upbeat tunes, most noticeably in Coca Cola as he bangs his sticks while standing on top of his drum kit. Dominic ends off Little Red’s hour-long set with yet another crowd favourite It’s Alright.

Little Red gave an exciting sneak peak of what’s to come in their upcoming sophomore album, and all I can say is that I can’t wait to hear more! And for those of you lucky enough to get a ticket to Splendour In The Grass later this month, don’t forget to check the boys out at the festival. It will be a brilliant set you would not want to miss out on.


*Photo by Dan Beard

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