They’re back from BIGSOUND and up for another WAM BEST COUNTRY ACT 2018 Nomination, the reigning WAM Best Country Act, and winners of 2018 WAM Song of the Year (Country), but to see The Little Lord Street Band is to understand that they are “More than a country band ... They make music with a touch of magic and grit. The crossover vocal melodies of James and Natasha, paired with the peaceful and intelligent instrumentation, recall the magnificence of The Middle East or an earlier cut from Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros. The Little Lord Street makes music that crosses all boundaries—it’s music for pure enjoyment.” (Jake Wilton, AAA Backstage 2018)
Based around the songwriting partnership of Natasha Shanks and James Rogers, the five-piece also features acclaimed alt-country and indie-pop singer-songwriters Belle Harvey and Michael Savage and rock drummer Alex Megaw, the band are closer to a country rock band. Smashing out unabashedly diverse sound - combining classic electric guitar riffery, immaculate four-part male/female harmonies, and thoughtful life-lived lyrics. It all makes for a raucous, electric live show – with a duelling, duetting lead singer dynamic reminiscent of classic Johnny Cash and June Carter punctuated by the occasional jaw-dropping emotionally resonant acoustic number; 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, won a WAM SOTY, played BIGSOUND, added to ABC Country, selected for APRA AMCOS Songhubs in QLD, garnering national airplay on Triple J a few times over and on Henry Wagons’ ‘Tower of Song’ (Double J), in addition to extensive nationwide community radio support – racking up AMRAP Metro and Regional Top 10 singles and multiple additions toRTR FM’s ‘Sound Selection’.
The band recorded their second EP ‘Walk With Me’ (2016) at The Bomb Shelter in Nashville with help from Bex Chilcott(Ruby Boots), releasing it with a Victorian tour in 2017. Their third EP ‘Waking Up Next To You’, released April 2018, spawned three popular singles; the irresistibly catchy ode to love-hate long-term relationships ‘Maybe I’m Just In Love’ won The Little Lord Street Band the 2018 WAM Song of the Year (Country), and saw all five cram into a tour van for anepic nine-date east coast EP release tour, spanning three states and thousands of kilometres. Then the duo hitting up 10500 klms of red dust and open road, north to Kununurra in WA for 16 dates back in July – August 2018.
They’re nothing if not a well-travelled band: James and Natasha first played together as a duo for a wedding request in New Zealand, before the duo became a band in a Mount Lawley bedroom nestled off Lord Street back in 2014. When asked at a gig what their name was, the spontaneous answer “‘The Little Lord Street Band” became official.
On their travels, 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).
Next, The Little Lord Street Band are destined for the more touring throughout VIC and NSW and WA in Oct –Dec 2018, landing back in Perth to record their debut album at Rada Studios. Rhythms Magazine declared The Little Lord Street Band “definitely a band to keep an eye on in 2018” – you’d do well on your travels to see that your path intersected with theirs.
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