The most promising young Irish band I’ve heard in a while. And Little Green Cars are certainly a young band (like Moths they’re all about 18). They were bestowed a Faces of 2011 tag by State earlier in the year. They previously impressed me during a rare visit to a battle of the band-type competition in 2008. Then, they were clearly a very talented bunch who lacked a prod in the right direction. Three years later and the Dublin band are beginning to do themselves justice.
Their new single ‘The John Wayne’ backed with ‘Glass Case’ is released on UK label Young and Lost Club (home to Noah & The Whale, Johnny Flynn, Young The Giant & Fixers) on July 25th (pre-order from the label or Rough Trade). They’ve benefited greatly from production from David Kosten (Bat For Lashes, Everything Everything) and their sound draws from folk-rock which seems to draw inspiration, at a guess from artists like Local Natives, Mumford & Sons, Fleetwood Mac and Arcade Fire. Little Green Cars are Stevie Appleby (vocal & guitar), Adam Little (vocal & guitar), Donagh Seaver O’Leary (bass guitar), Dylan Lynch (drums) and Faye O’Rourke (vocal & guitar).
‘The John Wayne’ is their debut single and is as rousing and anthemic as they’ve got so far. It’s dedicated to “both a beautiful American teen and a makeshift Drum Kit.”
After a failed attempt to gain entry to a nightclub and win the affection of his American dream, Stevie returned home to make a song about it.
Niall Byrne is the founder of the most-influential Irish music site Nialler9, where he has been writing about music since 2005 . He is the cohost of the Nialler9 Podcast and has written for the Irish Times, Irish Independent, Cara Magazine, Sunday Times, Totally Dublin, Red Bull and more. Niall is a DJ, founder of Lumo Club, event curator and producer of gigs, parties & events.