Cars geared for 2013

by Gazette Reporter
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IT’s easy to fall in love with you.
So goes the refrain from The John Wayne, the lead single from Little Green Cars Nell Harper EP.
The lifting melodies and insanely catchy chorus have made the song a constant feature on Irish radio in recent months, but the sentiment can be as easily applied to the young band, who hail from across Dublin’s southside.
A five-piece whose combined age barely makes a century, Little Green Cars are the most hyped band in Ireland at the moment and, unlike many recent most hyped bands, Little Green Cars  are totally worth every last superlative.
The Harper Lee EP brims with a confidence and assuredness that isn’t evident in most bands with twice the experience.
The five-part harmonies are mostly anchored around leads from Stevie Appleby and Faye O’Rourke and Faye says that the band’s current success can be a bit odd at times.
“It has been surreal at times. But I’ve never been the kind of person who has thought too much about the future.
“I’m doing music now, going to keep doing it til I’m not.”
Typical of the Irish music scene, there have been detractors wishing to take shots at the band, with much of the criticism aimed at their collective youth, but getting to their current status,                                                                       signed to Island Records in the UK and Glassnote, home of Mumford and Sons, in the US, has taken some doing.
“It’s been an arduous process to get where we are. We had a lot of labels coming over to watch us before we were signed.
“We wanted to make music as freely available as possible.
“We are really lucky, lots of labels weren’t the right fit, but now we have a phenomenal team of people around us.
“It’s not about hype or quick releases, it’s about making sustainable careers.”
While Faye recognises that occassionally their age is mentioned, once you get down to brass tacks, all that matters is the music.
“You want people to take you seriously and get past our ages.
“But we’re making mature music at a young age, or so I’m told!
“It can be a bit strange because when you’re working at your own pace for so long you then have to get used to hitting deadlines.”
The band are due to follow up The Harper Lee EP with the release of their debut album Absolute Zero in April.
Produced by Markus Dravs (Mumford and Sons’ Sigh No More and Babel, Arcade Fire’s Neon Bible and The Suburbs, Coldplay’s Mylo Xyloto), the album is as anticipated as any other this year, with Faye saying that working with Dravs was a dream.
“When we were asked who we’d like to work with on the album, Markus was a dream producer, the Maccabees Wall of Arms is one of my favourite albums, so when he showed interest, that was really surreal.
“It was great because he wanted to capture what we’d done, not change it too much.
“So we worked with him for four months straight in an isolated farmhouse in the English countryside.
“The album might make people turn their heads.
“I think people will be intrigued.”
With a slot on US mega-festival Coachella to come in April, a sold-out gig in Dublin’s Button Factory on the slate and a place on the BBC’s sound of 2013 list, the next 12 months are set to belong to Little Green Cars, not that Faye is making any plans.
“I’ve never been someone who plans that far ahead.
“We’re really happy with what we’ve done. Wherever that takes us, it takes us.
“Whether what we’ve recorded connects with three, 10, 50 or 100 people or more, then that’s great.”
Something tells me it will be a lot more than that.

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