Little Green Cars on road to glory in 2013
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.