Published May 15, 2009This is officially my last instalment of Click Hear on a daily basis. As of next week, the column will be filled by a revolving cast of writers. It's been a pleasure indulging in bringing you what has floated my boat for the last five years.
I thought long and hard about what I wanted to go out on and saved a local band (from Toronto, that is) I haven't been able to stop listening to for the last couple of months. Toronto has an overwhelming number of new artists to discover each and every night, but there's something about Little Girls that I can't resist. Yes, that sounds completely inappropriate and perverse, and trust me, it's an ongoing struggle to be a fan of a band with such a name. Googling them is a gut-wrenching experience, to say the least. You never know what results it will return.
The project of a guy named Josh McIntyre, Little Girls is only a few months old. I unknowingly already featured his other band, Pirate/Rock, but it appears that Little Girls is the one that will catch on first. He's managed to not only catch the attention of tastemakers like Gorilla Vs. Bear (where I first discovered him) and be selected as the highly coveted support act for a Toronto gig by Vivian Girls but also secured a deal to release three EPs for Paper Bag Digital. The first, titled Tambourine, is due on June 2 (you can pick up the twelve-inch via Mexican Summer), with at least one more following later in the year and according to Paper Bag, a full-length in the new year.
Like Pirate/Rock, the title track of the EP resembles Blank Dogs a bit - so more of that lo-fi-tinged pop that takes its melodies from the glory days of post-punk and goth. The vocals are buried under the muddy production, the drum machine is stuck on a loop, the treble is jacked up and the riffs are hypnotic - everything needed for a certifiable hit these days.
Little Girls "Tambourine"