The Little Lord Street Band - Bassendean Hotel
The Little Lord Street Band makes “music that crosses all boundaries - it’s music for pure enjoyment” (Jake Wilton, AAA Backstage 2018). They’re the WINNERS of WAM Best Country Act for the second consecutive year - and winners of the 2018 WAM Song of the Year (Country), topping off a mammoth 2018 with a triumphant BIGSOUND showcase and an extensive national touring schedule in support of their third EP.
To see the Perth five-piece live is to understand the crossover appeal of their country-pub folk-rock amalgam. Theirs is an “organically and unabashedly diverse sound, combining classic electric guitar riffery, four-part male/female harmonies, and thoughtful life-lived lyrics” (Madelaine Stegman, Scenestr 2018). It's a raucous, electric live show based around the songwriting partnership of Natasha Shanks and James Rogers, and also featuring acclaimed alt-country and indie-pop singer-songwriters Belle Harvey and Michael Savage, and drummer Alex Magaw (The Volcanics). James and Natasha's duelling, duetting lead singer dynamic is reminiscent of classic Johnny Cash and June Carter; punctuated by the occasional jaw-dropping emotionally resonant acoustic number and all backed by a brash, justifiably confident band comprising five of Perth’s most respected players.
In their four years together, The Little Lord Street band have released three critically lauded EPs, toured Australia, and garnered significant national airplay on ABC Country, Double J, Triple J and community radio - racking up nationwide AMRAP Metro and Regional Top 10 singles and multiple additions to RTR FM’s ‘Sound Selection’. They've travelled extensively: 2018 alone has seen the band back up a nine-date national EP release tour with a sixteen-date regional WA tour, an invitation to APRA AMCOS Songhubs (QLD), a BIGSOUND showcase and a further fifteen duo dates along the east coast.
Their third EP 'Waking Up Next To You', released April 2018, spawned three popular singles - including 2018 WAM Song of the Year (Country) 'Maybe I'm Just In Love', an irresistibly catchy ode to love-hate long-term relationships. It's the follow up to 2016 EP ‘Walk With Me’, which Natasha and James recorded at The Bomb Shelter in Nashville with help from Bex Chilcott (Ruby Boots).
Their list of notable shows runs predictably long: they’ve played festival stages including Fairbridge and Nannup Folk Festivals, Boyup Brook Country Music Festival, Harvey Dickson’s Rodeo, Beauvine, State of The Art, Beaufort Street and WAM Festivals, the North Fremantle Pub Crawl, Port City Folk Festival, RTR Harbour Sessions and Hidden Treasures in Fremantle – and supported the likes of The Whitlams, Ruby Boots, Emily Barker, Mick Thomas (Weddings, Parties, Anything), Ed Kowalczyk (Live), Jack Carty (VIC), The Once (CAN) and This Way North (VIC).
Ever prolific songwriters, Natasha and James invariably return home from each tour with a batch of new songs up their sleeves and then some; upon their return to Perth in December 2018 the band will take up residence at RADA Studios to record their debut full-length album January 2019 with a single and video clip announce shortly thereafter. Rhythms Magazine presciently declared The Little Lord Street Band “definitely a band to keep an eye on in 2018” - one suspects the band will draw the attention of many more eyes and ears in 2019.