Thursday, September 17, 2009
LITTLE GIRLS ANNOUNCE FALL TOUR BEHIND "CONCEPTS," OFFER ARTERY COVER "HEINZ" FOR DOWNLOAD
Toronto-based group Little Girls (Josh McIntyre and co.) are preparing for an extensive North American tour performing with Japandroids, Monotonix, You Say Party! We Say Die!, Wavves and Nurses among others. This fall tour will be in support of their forthcoming debut album, Concepts, an eleven-track album that spans from the very first Little Girls track ever written to brand new material. It will be available on CD, limited vinyl, and digitally, through Paper Bag Records on October 13th. Before hitting the road, Little Girls decided to record a cover of one of their influences, '70s/'80s Sheffield, UK post-punk group Artery's song "Heinz," now available as a free mp3 download in celebration of the upcoming tour.
Concepts will include the songs that sparked early blog attention off their MySpace, which ended up on the preceding Tambourine EP and releases on Brooklyn labels Mexican Summer and Captured Tracks. The album was recorded only at night in a home studio with most of the songs contributing to an ongoing theme of 'growing up.'
It all started when McIntyre recorded a few songs in his home studio as a side project in early 2009. Seeking the unbiased opinions from friends and musical peers he anonymously posted the music on the internet under the name "Little Girls," a name he believed least likely to reveal his identity. His influences come from the 80's no-wave post-punk scene, and the early 80's golden era of hip-hop. Equally influential are the late hip-hop artist J. Dilla, as well as Can, Joy Division, Wire, and The Clean.
Early "Concepts" for Little Girls:
"Turns out that playing lo-fi goth jams at 33rpm when they're meant to be played at 45 is the most depressing experience ever, as we discovered when we bought the super limited Little Girls 12-inch and forgot to flip the switch. And then we sat in a chair, sun streaking through the window, and pondered existence. Eventually spirit guide told us to speed things up and REVELATION! ..these are jams--check them out, and if you're down, envelop yourself in the Little Girls explosion..." - The Fader
"Little Girls' catchy brand of lo-fi guitar-pop is coming your way." - Pitchfork
"...riding the dirty wave of ultra lo-fi yet extremely melodic/endlessly hummable noise-pop that seems to be building right now comes Toronto's Little Girls." - Gorilla vs Bear
"McIntyre's atonal melodies and muddy vocals converge with clanging guitar chords and hypnotic, looped rhythms...Little Girls' surges of pop genius suggest they won't have to settle for worship from just the underground." - Exclaim!
"I dig that gothy, garage-y sound...which you can hear for yourself [in] Little Girls." - BrooklynVegan
Little Girls' Concepts Tour 2009
9/16 - Windsor, ONT - Phog Lounge
9/17 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick *
9/18 - Guelph, ONT - Albion *
9/23 - Montreal , QC- Friendship Cove **
9/25 - Ottawa, ONT - Cafe Dekcuf
10/3 - Montreal, QC - Barfly
10/7 - Toronto, ONT - Velvet Underground ^
10/8 - Hamilton, ONT - Casbah ^
10/10 - Chicago, IL -,Schuba's (all ages matinee show) *
10/20 - New York, NY - Cake Shop (CMJ)
10/24 - Halifax - The Paragon ^^
11/06 - Philidelphia, PA - Swarthmore #
11/08 - Columbus, OH - Summit &
11/19 - Waterloo, ONT - Bombshelter +
11/20 - Toronto, ONT - Phoenix ++
11/21 - Sudbury, ONT - Townhouse +
11/25 - Winnipeg, MB - Royal Albert +
11/26 - Saskatoon, SK - Amigo's +
11/27 - Edmonton, ALB - New City +
11/28 - Calgary, ALB - Hi-Fi +
* w/ Japandroids
** w/ Wavves
^ w/ Monotonix
^^ w/ Japandroids, You Say Party! We Say Die!
+ w/ You Say Party! We Say Die!
++ w/ Think About Life, You Say Party! We Say Die!
# w/ Blank Dogs
& w/ Nurses
Posted: 9/17/2009 12:37:00 PM