In 2017, The Little Lord Street Band won best country act in Western Australia. They had been nominated in the previous year as best folk act and had not received the gong. It is fair to say then that their label is “country folk”. JJJ nominated them as a band to watch in 2018.
I was gifted this EEP by a friend who had been to their gig recently in Victoria. A few people who went to that gig were buzzing about the relatively unknown band on the East side of Australia. I don’t think that situation will remain the same for long. The “relatively unknown” bit.
From the opening bars of the first track, Heartache Moon, the toes are tapping and the familiar riff continues through the song, making it a possible shower song contender in this year’s Kazzie awards. I wouldn’t call this one country folk so much, I would actually be hesitant to pin a label on it. The guitars are twangy, more reminiscent of a Duane Eddy riff.
Truth be told has almost a gunslinger hook at the beginning….like cowboys on horseback coming into town. If Laura Coates (The Weeping Willows) made an appearance with her thigh slaps, I wouldn’t be surprised. It almost has a “Rawhide” feel.
Maybe I’m Just In Love – with Bob Dylan like vocals and some very cool harmonica, this has some great rollicking drum beats and key fast guitar, chord change to strum guitar. It fits this fan’s tastes like a glove…very familiar and very comfortable.
Too Many Secrets is the only non-original track. Apparently it was sung by Patsy Cline. I thought that I knew every Patsy Cline song. Very catchy, some twangy guitars and a backbeat that you can’t lose. A bit Travelling Wilburyish.
Misunderstood – Reminds me of a bit of a Nancy Sinatra/Dusty Springfield kind of vibe. It moves along with a careful saunter and it has you checking around corners and watching your back.
Waking Up Next To You – Interestingly enough, the title track is the last song on this EEP. It has a 70’s/early 80’s kind of feel to it….not folk, more of the TMG, The Knack feel.
All of the songs hook you in the first few bars with totally different riffs, beats and styles. Some of the best stuff in life happens by accident. This band is most definitely one to watch. They have something for everybody.
Truth be told
Maybe I’m just in love
too many secrets
waking up next to you
All songs written by Natasha Shanks and James A Rogers except Heartache Moon and Maybe I’m Just in Love, written by James A Rogers and “Too Many Secrets” written by Lile Bobby.
The Little Lord Street Band Are:
Natasha Shanks (vocals and guitar)
James A Rogers (vocals, guitar and piano)
Michael Savage (bass and vocals)
Alex Megaw (drums and percussion)
Annabelle Harvey (harmonica, mandolin and vocals)