Boston's little-rock-band-that-could, little a, has produced a new 4-song EP titled Stars Fade. Self released in the grand DIY tradition, Star Fade is the 9th release from one of Boston's most-indie minded bands.
Following on the heels of last year's full-length, Scene, the new EP represents both the culmination of little a's experiments with BIG rock and a return to a less-is-more approach.
"With our first few releases we insisted on an almost harsh minimalism," explains Bruce Grover, the band's singer. "We wanted the songs to speak for them selves, to be naked and raw - just voice, one guitar and drums."
"But then we got sick on that," says guitarist David Kirkdorffer. "On Scene we said 'we've always been a less-is-more band, let's be a more-is-more band.' So we added a bass, recorded layers of guitars and invited guest vocalists and melotron and organ players like Joel Simches and Peter Moore to come down and thicken the soup."
After re-listening to their earlier releases, little a decided to strip things bare again - but chose to keep the bass and drums.
"What we ended up with on this EP is the best of both worlds," David says. "We have a huge hit-you-in-the-head sound but we have the directness and clarity that lets the songs sing."
Bassist Bob Matros (School of Assisins, Rev. Bob & the Darkness) and drummer Danny Lee (Xcema, El-Dopa) add both chops and musicality to the songs, fleshing them out into full-fledged rockers. From the punk-ish rage of Stars Fade to the inducement to raise your lighter for Tomorrow, and the drifting melodies of Three Days to the bite of Wishes& the EP covers a range of styles and moods without losing its focus.
Little a was founded in 1994 by David Kirkdorffer and Bruce Grover. Releases include 7inch singles, three full-length CDs, and two EPs.
Stars Fade will be released to stores and radio in September and supported with a CD release party at a currently secret location.
"little a illustrates what happens when a bunch of brainy musicians get together and rock out." - Northeast Performer
"Never have I been so emotionally moved in so many different ways at once." - Soundcheck Magazine
"Great vocals merge with driving rhythms and sometimes obtuse arrangements create a fine album. (Rating: 4+++)"
"Little a are the genuine article, being both adept at their craft and utterly unpretentious...With their smirking humor and spastic song structures, little a contend as unique front runners of Boston's indie rock scene. [This is]a voyeuristic peep into the crawlspace of sheer brilliance." - Northeast Performer
"The guitar work is phenominal and Bruce Grover's vocals will put you in a trance. These guys weave their music into soothing melodies like I've never heard before." - Askew Reviews
"little a has the seemingly contradictory ability to build delicate, beautiful things and rock with the brute force of a wrecking ball...They've built their distinctive sound out of sophisticated lyricism, brainy and expressive vocals, and a musical sense at times bold and visceral, at times intricate and atmospheric." - The Noise