Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with Joseph from unsigned London band Little Grim to find out more…
Who is in the band, how did you meet, where are you from and how did you come up with the band name?
The band is made up of Jeremy Barclay (lead guitarist), Chris Alger (bassist), Roger Muntzer (drummer) and Joseph Murphy (vocals/guitar).
We're based in South East London around Peckham.
The name actually came from high school when we were looking to describe our music which we thought was meaningful to us, but didn't take itself too serious. At the time our music had a much darker tone, hence the Grim. Making it Little seemed to take the edge off a bit.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
Growing up, my taste was heavily influenced by my older brother, whose iPod I used to steal from his room and listen to under my duvet. I'd obsess over Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Radiohead. I would listen to By The Way and The Bends front to back every night.
Nowadays, the band have a shared love of different genres. We love artists like Vulfpeck, Hiatus Kaiyote and Snarky Puppy, but also do have an ear for artists that sit close to our roots like Alt-J, Glass Animals and Villagers.
How would you describe your sound?
We're coined as 'music you can dance and cry to', which is a tagline that seems to have stuck. Whilst this song is a bit more on the headbang side, I like it most when we strike a balance between the traditional sounds of a guitar band with different electronic elements, atmospheric sounds and hefty beats.
What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
The latest release is called 'All on Black'.
It came at a time I was weighing up a big decision to walk away from my full time job as a film producer and pursue a career in music. It all felt like a risky bet at the time, but my head kept telling me just to take the plunge and 'put my money on it'.
What’s your local music scene like?
Our local music scene is thriving right now. There's a wide plethora of genres going round that seem to be sparking a whole lot of attention and it's amazing to see and be a part of. Whilst there's still huge love for house music in clubs around Peckham (as well as a new sound I'd not heard of called 'hawaiian bop'), there's also been this huge push behind rock music with bands like Wooze, Calva Louise and of course, IDLES breaking onto the scene with some fierce sounds.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
We have been gigging non-stop lately after a really exciting festival season. We are planning to make next year even busier on the live scene, aiming to play more festivals around the UK and Europe. We have a tour to be announced for October which will accompany some more new music.
We are planning the release of our second EP before the end of the year.
We are currently just finishing up two new songs called 'Woman' and 'Mercy' in the studio with our producer Brett Cox.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
I love the music that Little Simz is coming out with and think it would be amazing to work with her. Biig Piig has been making some beautiful pieces which I would love to collaborate on. We've been playing around the idea of working with an electronic artist called Joe Turner, who has a couple of releases out.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
One of my favourite moments is the memory of a show we played in Sheffield. We had a VERY limited budget and were desperate to find a place to stay after the show. I was calling up different hotels trying to haggle down a price we could afford. Eventually I managed to find a place called Heavenly Nights, just outside the main town which seemed to suit well.
As we came into the house, we were taken up to the rooms which were lined with garish pink linen. When shown the bathroom, the owner was particularly proud of the LED lights that would flash in and fill the room as you turned the taps on. A wonderful touch in my opinion. But the real perplexing moment was when he mentioned that we would be spending the night with a room mate we were not expecting. The owner said he would bring him up and introduce us. As we waited in anticipation, we heard a very high pitch voice from the hallway. The guy who walked in with a bloody cockatoo. He tipped us off saying that if we were coming in late with food, then save some for the bird because "he loves chips".
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
I have some mad dance moves at our live show.