Little Avis are a four-piece hailing from Oldham and Manchester. Consisting of Lee Hunter (vocals & guitar), Dave Buchan (drums) and brothers Martin (bass) & Paul Garside (lead guitar).
With a string of gigs coming up in April and May, let’s check out their releases in 2019 so far:
Guitarists Paul Garside and Lee Hunter have found a style which raises the question ‘what if Frank Black made a Graham Coxon record?’ There’s an awkwardness and charming nature permeating from start to finish. It threatens to become one of Teenage Fanclub’s effortless rumbles at times but, then a choppy riff or slacker rock solo splices though to keep you on your toes.
‘Ghalib’ is a track about an Indian poet of that name and thoughtfully carries lyrics of his work and sentiments.
Musically, front man Lee Hunter has channelled in his inner Jonathan Richman with the spirit of The Futureheads at their pop best not far behind. Meanwhile, Garside and Hunter’s playing taps in to a post-punk in spirit and has the riotous nature of Graham Coxon’s classic ‘That’s When I Reach For My Revolver’.
There is a lightness at play here too. A brevity which continually lifts them into a serious but playful mood worthy of their idols Talking Heads.
Catch them on tour here:
18 April - Oldham - Whittles
20 April - London - Dublin Castle
30 April - York - Fulford Arms
4 May - Failsworth - The Not So Secret Garden Party
18 May - Manchester - The Peer Hat.