@ZackTeibloom There’s something special building with Little Lo. I like to imagine that the five guys and two girls in the band were all in some experimental music class years ago, where they were set free in a room with every instrument you could imagine to see what they could play. It turned out they could all play a whole lot and decided to take all their instruments on stage, smile a lot and dive in head first, charming as they went.
The sax player often acts as the second drummer, singer and guitar player. The female violinist also plays blow keys and sings while the other female vocalist plays keyboard and xylophone. Yes, they have a strong lead singer, guitarist, drummer and bassist, but it’s the smorgasbord of non-traditional instruments that gives them their unique sound and makes them a must-see live. They’re the kind of band that makes you wish you were in a band so you could have that much fun playing with your friends.
In the spirit of the interactive flow between the band on stage, I’ll let Meg jump in with her thoughts after seeing her 4th Little Lo show:
My favorite part of Little Lo is watching the faces of the band members. They have this near-constant inner-band dialogue that is so warm and charming and lovely; you can just see the pure joy on their faces, that they’re doing what they love with people they love. It’s enviable and wonderful and makes you, as an audience member, root for them and want that energy to take them somewhere, career-wise.
That last part stuck out to me as well. You really want them to do well. They ooze charm, as they stuck around after their set to be in the front row to sing every word during Marmalakes’ “Vittoria,” which they guested on a month ago. The way they welcome Thax, who had his eyes closed in bliss while listening to their show, after reading his second poem for them. The way that even though they trotted out all kinds of instruments, they sound just as sweet when they stopped playing everything to sing “If you can find your way home, you always lose the map alone” a capella. They could do no wrong.
They’re such a young, fresh band that you fear will go their separate ways, but you pray they don’t. If Little Lo keeps playing shows at anything close to the rate they played this weekend (They played on Friday night and two shows on Saturday), they’ll be poised for a monster break out by SXSW ’11. At least we hope so. Give them a listen now: http://littlelomusic.com/