Welcome to Space guys!!
Congratulations on your new single! Briefly present yourself to our Space Travellers!
Hi guys, thanks so much! We’re Little Victories, an alt-indie-pop trio based in the UK. We’re led by twin vocals and dancing guitars, and absolutely love writing music that connects with people! We’re like a one stop shop for your emotional needs!
Can you tell how you met and what made you start a band together?
We all first met at uni in London years ago!
S: Naomi and I were flatmates and lived across the hallway from each other, and would just hang out and write songs together and perform them at open mics. Marcus andI met when Marcus needed a guitarist to dep for a gig that he had in Manchester.
We never actually met as the three of us together until we set foot in the studio to record! Marcus and myself had been writing some songs over the internet for a couple of years, as I was living in the North of England and Marcus in the East and in London. In 2019 they had got them to the point where they needed vocals and topline, which is when they asked Naomi to help out.
She was living and working as a songwriter in Taiwan at the time, and knew that they had something cooking in the background, but at the time was helping with the vocals and melody over the internet. However as the songs developed, she started really connecting with them in a way that hadn’t happened with other songs she was co-writing at the time. So she decided to join! So we pieced together the songs from scraps of voice notes and recordings written across 12 hour time differences and were ready to record.
Fast forward to March 2020, after Nay moved back to London we finally met together for the first time at the Bookhouse Studios in London and got recording. We finished the songs just in time to get locked down for a year due to Covid-19 and finally released the project in October 2021 after cutting ties with a deceitful manager who had promised the world and delivered nothing. It’s been a long time coming!!
What was the writing process of “Love Gets Me Down”??
M: The instrumentation of Love Gets Me Down was mostly written by myself and Sam over the internet from our bedrooms in London and Cheshire. The song started off with just the bass chords and vocal chop as I was experimenting a lot with production techniques and different vocal processing. I’ve been playing in punk bands for years so this was super exciting! I had the lyric “Love just gets me down” but had hit a wall finding anything else I liked!
Once that became the backbone, I fired the track to Sam with a wonky guitar part I had over the top and he sent it back with a far superior part and all the lovely ideas you hear in the song now! As Sam said, Nay was half a world away sending melody ideas and thoughts over voice notes and WhatsApp messages. She came back, she got together with Sam and patched the rest together in a London AirBnB – after that they got kicked out for being too loud!
The bridge came together in the studio and we spent far too long trying different things out. Sam came up with this awesome riff and the vibe followed! Naomi engineered the main synth sound from scratch during the session which was awesome.
Where do ideas for songs come from? Tell us more about your creative process and how you make music as a band.
It really does depend on the song! Some songs start with a chorus, some with one lyric, and some with a musical idea.
Our song ideas are always born from what we’re listening to at the time. We all have very broad musical pallets that overlap but the common ground around Little Victories is in the “indie” space. Bands and artists like The 1975, Bon Iver, Ben Howard, Phoebe Bridgers and The Japanese House massively influenced these first songs. We always throw other elements from our wider influences into the pot too, so elements of rock, pop, hiphop, folk, classical and world music always find their way into our music too!
To be honest because our living locations are still so scattered, we have to adapt our way of writing around beautiful obstacles like bad internet, whatsapp voice notes and work schedules – probably around 90% of our stuff is written like this! It’s really like a slow motion game of ping pong! For example, it’ll start from Marcus, go to Sam, back to Marcus, to Nay, back to Sam etc.
For those that haven’t heard of you yet, how would you best describe your sound?
We’ve been described as a neo Fleetwood Mac, which we joke about but can definitely get behind! Maybe if Fleetwood Mac and The 1975 had a secret love child… that could be us?
Can we expect a new EP or even an album from you in the near future?
Yes! We have so much instore for you guys and we can’t wait to share it all. We can’t say too much at the moment but do keep your eyes peeled for our EP release in early 2022. There’s plenty more songs in the pipeline for sure!
What do you want to express with your music? What do you think the listener should get from it?
We try to make all of our songs resonate with our audience by writing from our own personal experiences that people can relate to. We cover topics like mental health/self love/relationships and generally being understood. We really want to reinforce a sense of unity with one another as everyone experiences these feelings, and use this common ground to rebuild a connection that we feel has been culturally lost recently.
This is a question we ask any artist every time: If you had a time machine, in which era would you travel and which kind of music would you bring with you in the past?
Sam: I would love to go back to 1969 to experience Hendrix at Woodstock, and just witness Led Zeppelin’s self-titled blow people’s minds! I’d probably bring 101 FM by Lil Simz with me to show everyone how far music has come.
Marcus: I have a huge love for 90s Midwest emo and the indie rock around that scene. I would definitely bring a band like American Football into the 80s and watch what would happen! Can you imagine a Cure style ‘Never Meant’ with a big gated snare?!
Nay: I’d probably have a laugh and take electro swing back to the roaring 20s just to see how they’d react to Caravan Palace or Parov Stelar and modern instrumentations!
What is the last thing you would like to say to our Space Travellers?
Thanks so much for your support <3