Little Lo is an independent folk-rock sextet hailing from Austin, Texas. Their songs can best be described as swells; ranging from hushed whispering and strumming to anthemic shouts and trills (and back again) in the course of a single song. Incorporating a mix of traditional rock instrumentation with symphonic touches, the band draws from the grandeur and raw energy of groups like Arcade Fire, Okkervil River and The Polyphonic Spree, while maintaining the hushed intentionality of of a singer-songwriter.
After playing for a little over a year, Little Lo has managed to solidify themselves legitimate contenders in the saturated Austin music scene. Along with two U.S. tours under their belt, Little Lo has shared the stage with several local artists, including Mother Falcon, Marmalakes, The Eastern Sea, Wild Child, Danny Malone, The Wheeler Brothers, and touring acts such as Prince Rama, Delicate Steve, and ANR, gaining extensive live experience in a relatively short period of time.
Although their recordings do them justice, Little Lo truly manifest themselves in their live shows. Orlando Weekly said, “Emotionally, they play with hearts ablaze, and that makes all the difference in the world...Their performance was so vivacious that they seemed to take the early crowd by surprise. At any rate, a sense of spirit and melody this big is impossible to go unnoticed for long.” Playing each show with the energy of their last, it is clear from their on-stage catharsis, sweat-soaked instruments, and post-show breathlessness that they take their performances seriously.
Another distinct aspect of the band is their instrumentation. In a modern music scene where extensive instrumentation is the norm (think Typhoon, Efterklang, and Arcade Fire) Little Lo manages to completely avoid novelty that has become so common. Each part plays an integral part in the song, and as multi-instrumentalist Ian Rogers switches from guitar to trumpet, to sax, to mandolin, and back again, it only seems natural that he would be doing so.
After having rooted themselves in Texas and the Southeast by way of extensive shows, touring, and garnering press in several publications, including the Austin Chronicle, Orlando Weekly, and California’s Bl!SSS magazine, Little Lo has proven themselves to be a band worth paying attention to in 2012.