Tom Hartney, the founding member of Melbourne band Little Red, has announced he is quitting the band to go full time with his side project, Major Tom & The Atoms. There are rumours that drummer Taka Honda is also leaving the band, which has lead to speculation the Little Red might be breaking up; however, according to messandnoise, management have confirmed the group will continue to release music.
Hartney issued the following statement earlier today:
“After six years of extraordinary adventures with my high-school buddies Little Red, I have decided to move on to focus exclusively on my new band Major Tom & The Atoms. Although more recently with Little Red I have mostly found myself behind the keyboards, my true passion has always been singing! Over the years many drunken punters have praised my baritone crooning abilities and now we will find out just how drunk they were.
I am very excited to be taking this first step into the great unknown, and could not be better equipped for the voyage than to have the passionate and creative individuals of Major Tom & The Atoms on board.”
Major Tom & The Atoms are due to release their debut EP Shake It Till You Break It on June 1.