AMBY last caught up with Little Grim late last year with their Clubhouse Sessions’ track “Infectious” . Today we welcome back the South London quartet with a video premiere for their new single “Sparks”, ahead of its release on Newspeak Records on June 3rd.
If “Infectious” saw the band throwback to the 80s, “Sparks” sees the band mine a rich vein of 70s funk and soul to meld with their indie sensibilities, with Chris Alger’s bass laying down a steady grimey groove for frontman Joe Murphy’s vocals. It’s a track born of sessions listening to George Clinton and the Parliament and Snoop Dogg through the speaker system of a beat up Honda Civic – affectionately named “The Raj” – as it took them to and from gigs and rehearsals.
For all that funky groove there’s a darkness to the track’s inspiration which is something of a Little Grim trademark, which Joe describes: “So often you are struck with a deep rooted fear that the person you’re with, doesn’t love you anymore. An even deeper fear I had, was that maybe I didn’t love them anymore. I wanted to describe my feeling of paranoia when I saw the bad signs. These are the moments that stuck in my head. But it’s still not a love song.”
The accompanying video filmed on 16mm picks up on that theme and replicates the 1970s vintage with a pastiche of British gangster films of that time (or think of the BBC’s “Life On Mars” TV series if your memories don’t stretch so far). Produced by film-makers Do Not Entry, band members appear only fleetingly in the video which stars Chris Fairhall, a rough, scar-faced gangster hell bent on a violent journey to recover his missing wife.
To support the release, the band are embarking on ‘The Indie Heroes Tour’ a project which will see them play a series of live shows at independent music venues across the UK and in the process interview promoters, venue owners, engineers and all those who continue to deliver live music to their local communities, kick off at Southampton’s Pre Bar on May 5th with dates at The Macbeth in London, The Castle in Manchester and more to come.
Review by Gavin Watson | @watsongc