Tickets for our Lemon Tree show are flying out- can’t wait to play there again! Get them on www.boxofficeaberdeen.com if your in the Deen and fancy it! #pylifom #thelittlekicks #thelittlekicksband #aberdeen #thelemontree
“Hold On (Heartbreak Pt3) – piano version” – for The Lemon Tree Lounge Sessions
“Girl” (Acoustic)” – recorded LIVE on STV Glasgow
“Hold On (Heartbreak Pt3) (Acoustic)” – recorded LIVE on STV Glasgow
Steven filmed a very different take on Hold On (Heartbreak Pt3) yesterday at The Lemon Tree to promote our show there on the 5th July. Available to watch on the website now on the Video page! (Along with the two STV clips which are uploaded now too!) #thelittlekicks #pylifom #littlekicks #lemontree #aberdeen #thelittlekicksband #piano #heartbreak
Steven has been asked to play a couple of songs on STV Glasgow’s Riverside Show on our behalf acoustically on tonight’s show. If you are reading this in time (Monday 9th June)….the info is below.
"STV Glasgow live TONIGHT via the STV player -http://player.stv.tv/ - firstly at 7.55pm (Hold On) and again at 8.20pm (Girl)."
If you miss it tonight you can always watch it on catch up via the same link over the next 7 days here - http://player.stv.tv/.
Here is a picture from rehearsal below (see below post) we will try and You Tube the performance and add to the Videos page in due course.
Had quite a few people asking us for the link for last night so just to say for anyone who missed it but wants to watch the wee set Steven did on STV Glasgae its now up here. http://player.stv.tv/programmes/riverside-show/2014-06-09-1900/
Check him out at the 42:50 min mark (Hold On) & the 1hr min mark (Girl).
Worth watching alone for the moment after Hold On/ a bit of chat where during the next bit I thought my guitar neck was in their shot so I randomly start awkwardly shuffling backwards. Media training required.
Arrived in Newcastle to play Head Of Steam - onstage at 9.30pm. Come on down! Edinburgh folks we will see you tomorrow at Brewdog (Cowgate) for an acoustic set at 5pm with @ricrogass from Easy Tigers playing too! #pylifom #thelittlekicks #littlekicks #newcastle #headofsteam #edinburgh #brewdog (at The Head of Steam)
Steven recently answered some questions for Amped Up Magazine about what we have been up to and how our recent tour was going.
The online magazine is now out and available to read HERE or scroll below for a transcript.
Hi guys thanks for talking to us. Tell us a little about who you are, how long you’ve been doing this, and how you got together?
The Little Kicks are a four piece band from the North of Scotland based in Aberdeen. We have been going together for quite a while but our current line up has been together for around 3-4 years. It’s only really now and over the last 2 years or so that we would say we feel at our strongest and that we have really found our feet and sound particularly in regards to our last album. The band is made up of 4 individuals Steven Milne (Vocals, Keys & Guitar), Andrew Corse (Backing Vocals & Guitar), Lewis Porter (Bass) and Scott Kelman (Drums).
You’re from Aberdeen. What’s the scene like in the north of Scotland?
Aberdeen has some really great venues and bands who are all making a name for themselves in and out of the city. We are bias as they are our pals but bands we like are bands like Marionettes, IndianRedLopez, CS Buchan, Stanley, Min Diesel, Leanne Smith and there are a few more that we have likely forgotten.
Your band has one Hell of a sound. Who are you inspirations?
I guess we have a contemporary modern indie, upbeat, disco rock sound. In order to get that - we all listen to different music and bring very different influences to the table when it comes to individual taste for writing songs. I guess that mix of each persons tastes combined with our awareness for our audience/ followers means the songs come out a certain way. We have several shared influences with big bands like Idlewild, LCD Soundsystem, Foals, Fleetwood Mac and The Beatles but we all listen to a lot of new music too which we bring to each other and share around. I guess our only rule is really that when writing and arranging its always got to be whats best for the song.
Tell us about the stuff you’ve released so far. Talk to us about the reception your stuff has had.
Our first album was a little rushed due to the impending loss of our drummer during the recording process so although it has fine moments we tend to gloss over it a little. Perhaps thats a shame as there are some good songs there and “Don’t Give Up So Easily”- which is the one song we still play from it - opened up a lot of doors for us at the time and was a very well received song. Our second album (entitled “The Little Kicks”) really gave us a new lease of life as following the debut’s release and the drummer leaving the band’s future was fairly uncertain. As a result we kind of came out of nowhere with what we felt was a strong release of good songs and we got a lot of gigs due to that album - people really seemed to like it. I especially think back to playing a lot of festival bookings off the back of it and the crowds were always really into the songs. I like how varied it is across the tracks and I think its short running time warranted repeat listens. Our most recent album “Put Your Love In Front Of Me” is the album I am far and wide most proud of so far. We wanted to make an old fashioned album in the sense that it takes you on a journey from start to finish and almost felt like a well curated mixture. There is a common thread in the lyrics and words which make it very personal and open from my side of things but also very open to any listeners interpretation which is something we have always tried to do. Regarding the arrangements and instrumentation we worked so hard on making it pleasing to the ear, interesting and also grand or funky where it needed to be and conversely sparse and delicate when needed. Creative Scotland gave us funding which allowed us to expand our studio budget and between that and a lot more dedication prior to the studio time in the practice room I really feel like we captured something special. In contrast to our second release its a lot deeper and subsequently a grower but I feel if people give it a few listens it reveals hidden depths and hopefully unlike a lot of modern pop music that means it has potential longevity.
Which band members are the creative forces behind that?
The usual process for us is I come in with an idea (Song/ chord change/ piece of music) and sometimes that idea is very much finished or fleshed out in my mind (maybe even demoed and sent round before hand). Following that we then between us play through the idea and see where it goes/ see what sounds best for the song. Sometimes it works straight away and sometimes I have to take the initial idea away and do some work and we return to it in time. I’m very lucky to have such a talented band of brothers who appreciate different styles of music as it means I can bring in literally anything of any style and we can try things out. The aim for us is difference and variety and not to repeat whats gone before.
We hear you guys run your own nightclub. Talk to us about that.
For about 6 years I ran a clubnight every Thursday in Snafu in Aberdeen called the Dirty Hearts Club. It struggled for the first year as every night does but once it took off and was given a bit of time it became a bit of a monster in regards of the club scene in Aberdeen. We got to the point we were at capacity most weeks and it was a lot of fun. Usually we would have bands (touring & local) then myself DJing or guest DJs and we kept it up for 6 years weekly then a couple of years as a monthly event. The club Snafu recently closed which basically signals the end of the night as that was its spiritual home. However, it lives on in my daily life as a lot of my friends met there, couples we know formed and many people hold it i high regard so I still DJ from time to time. I think of every night there (whether busy or quiet) very fondly and it was a real honour to be given the chance to do it by the club.
Your band has a lot of achievements, and accomplishments. Yet you’re self managed, and publish your own stuff. As it’s hard to believe you’ve not had offers from labels, why have you taken the decision to do all that on your own?
We are big boys now and I think we have been around long enough to know how our level of industry works so we prefer to manage things ourselves between us (even the boring stuff!) as at least we know its getting done properly. Not that its necessarily about money or not trusting anyone, we just like being in control of our own destiny. For our last album we were completely in control of the look of the video, the music, the artwork and all the marketing. I guess that could be seen as a lot of responsibility and work but we find most of it to be fun. It meant that although it took X amount of money with X amount of studio time and X amount of mastering costs when it was finished we could keep 100% revenue of any copies sold by us with no debt to anyone for huge marketing costs or loans due. On one hand it completely limits the audience we can reach as we are but 4 guys from Aberdeen. However, on the other hand when something great happens (BBC 6 Music, Interviews in Japan & Brazil, European Tours) we gain confidence from these things because we know its completely from our own efforts and work.
What’s been the highlight of the last couple of years?
Probably touring Europe which we have done 3 times in 18 months. You arrive in a completely new city and hope for the best and fortunately for us we have been very well received and had some great times. I cant describe how much it means to me if someone comes along and checks out our band and our tours have been very rewarding. Aside from that completing the last album was a massive highlight for me - particularly getting a copy on vinyl. The project was the most work I had ever done in pre-studio terms as it took the best part of 2 years to write and plan the songs then the actual recording time was pretty intense but incredibly fun. I have never been happier musically than in those days in Edinburgh battering away in a bunker knowing we would have a ten track album to show for it at the end. Even when it was sunny outside honest!
How do you feel about the Scottish music scene at the moment?
The Scottish scene is great and there are so many great events and bands from Scotland its pretty amazing when you make a list. I think the most exciting thing is things like Brew At The Bog ( a completely Scottish band event) selling out or seeing bands like Frightened Rabbit get worldwide success (completely deserved). There is a real buzz in Scotland at the moment about our music scene and long may it continue. Hopefully the success of the current crop of bands will inspire a whole new generation!
Talk to us about what you’ve got coming up?
Im currently writing this from Belgium midway through a Spring Tour so we have 5 date left then some time off. Over the Summer I would like to do some writing and take some time to put some ideas together. The album has only been out since October 2014 but I think starting on some songs soon wouldn’t be a bad idea. So our main aim is to gig the hell out of the current album as much as possible while working on some bits and bobs in the background for the next one. Other than that and more immediately we have another short tour of Northern England at the end of May, a Summer home-town show to announce in due course and a date in Edinburgh for the Festival at Electric Circus. So plenty on the live front to keep us occupied!
Where do you see the band in five years?
Obviously progression would be the only way forward. So we would like to be playing bigger venues, to more people and more frequently. We are under no illusion that we will become huge rock stars at this point so as long as we enjoy it, the audience is there and the music is good we will still be playing. I guess we will ideally have had another album out to follow up “PYLIFOM” and the aim for us is to always develop the sound in a new way while still sounding like us so thats a firm likelihood to have occurred. We are all at that delicate age where partners, potentially settling down and real life commitments will start to be a very clear reality which obviously also excites us all but usually does affect a persons creative window. So I predict we may be most likely spending a lot of time trying to balance the band and our personal lives - but instead of from a hotel room in Belgium let’s hope from backstage at Coachella ;)