Lit­tle Green Cars on road to glory in 2013

Bray People - - LIFESTYLE - WITH JIM HAYES

WIN­SOME in­die rock with a tinge of the back­woods about it. That's how the Beeb la­belled Lit­tle Green Cars when the BBC 'Sound of 2013' longlist was an­nounced back in De­cem­ber.

The Dublin band didn't make the top five in the fi­nal shake-up, but 2013 could well be the year Lit­tle Green Cars make the gi­ant leap many peo­ple have been pre­dict­ing for some time.

Fronted by Ste­vie Ap­pleby and Faye O'Rourke, the five-piece just out of their teens are no green­horns in the record­ing stu­dio or on the stage. By the time their de­but al­bum ‘ Ab­so­lute Zero' is re­leased in March, they will have been all of five years to­gether.

That ex­pe­ri­ence should help them keep their feet planted firmly on the ground if the year brings the success Lit­tle Green Cars seem des­tined for.

Re­cently signed to Is­land Records and Glass­note in the U.S. - home of both Mum­ford & Sons and Tem­per Trap - the Ir­ish quin­tet have been favourably com­pared to the Mum­fords and The Mac­cabees (one of their favourite bands).

The BBC Sound of 2013 en­dorse­ment came hot on the heels of a re-re­leased ver­sion of pre­vi­ous sin­gle ‘ The John Wayne’ which has helped open the door in the U.S. It came pack­aged with a great video shot by Stephen Walsh in the re­stored Gould­ing Sum­mer­house in En­niskerry, County Wicklow..

A new 4-track EP, ‘ Harper Lee’, fur­ther re­veals their song­writ­ing craft and knack for killer melody and bodes well for the success of ‘Ab­so­lute Zero’. The al­bum was pro­duced by Markus Dravs, the man at the mix­ing desk for Cold­play’s ‘ Mylo Xy­loto’, Ar­cade Fire’s ‘ The Sub­urbs’ and both of Mum­ford & Sons’ al­bums.

In the run-up to the re­lease of ‘Ab­so­lute Zero’, Lit­tle Green Cars are play­ing some dates, in­clud­ing a few in the UK and a home­town show at The But­ton Fac­tory in Dublin on March 8.

Af­ter that they head for the States to be­gin a string of dates run­ning from an At­lanta show on St. Pa­trick’s Day to ap­pear­ances at Coachella in April.

Given the rapid rise of Mum­ford & Sons and other folk-rock song­smiths in Amer­ica, Lit­tle Green Cars must see State­side success as an achiev­able goal. The Ir­ish band have al­ready at­tracted much at­ten­tion there, with glow­ing men­tions in the New York Times, New York Metro and other me­dia out­lets.

One Amer­i­can web­site branded the Dublin five-piece ‘ the lit­tle Ir­ish band that could’ and a grow­ing army of fans here will hope that they will.

Lit­tle Green Cars: big push in the U.S.

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