Building upon the success of their debut EP, Pink Skin/Blue Bruise released back in April of this year, South London four-piece Little Grim are set to release their latest single ‘All On Black,’ tomorrow, August 16th, via Ripple Red. The band have already completed a busy run of festival dates this summer, including The Great Escape, R-Fest and Y Not Festival.
‘All On Black’ marks a heavier development in their music, while still retaining the blissful spark of quirky, hook-filled individuality the band has become synonymous with. Heavily influenced by the likes of alt-J, Everything Everything and Yonaka, their sound is marked by their unique recording process. Each member of the band records their own parts on a communal laptop in between their day jobs, with the others taking it in turns to develop ideas on top of these, until the track is complete.
As a result it feels somewhat fragmented in style, like several different songs stitched together. It’s a busy number, but producer Brett Cox (Jack Garratt, Tusks, Vök) keeps a deft hand over procedures, allowing each instrument to find its own space, resulting in a satisfying balance in sound as the song progresses. It builds to a rousing chorus, which emulates The Raconteurs successful dual vocal “call and response” style.
Your tolerance for Little Grim may depend on how much you enjoy the aforementioned alt-J influences, which hang significantly over the track. However it’s a confident, catchy number, which is certain to bolster their fan base as they build momentum through what is sure to be a packed rest of 2019.
The single is launched with a headline date at London’s Old Blue Last on August 28th – and, as well as a second EP which is set for release before the end of the year, an October tour is also set to be announced shortly. Plenty more to come from Little Grim then certainly, and this is an excellent starting point for those looking to catch up on their output so far.
Tickets for Little Grim’s headline show at the Old Blue Last are on-sale now, get yours here.