Music News

The Little Ones

When an act gets dropped by a major label, its album typically gets shelved and the band implodes. The Little Ones bucked that trend. Instead of parting in a fit of acrimonious melodrama, they decided to focus on writing songs that would only be released if everyone in the band felt like dancing along. That approach has yielded some of the most deliciously catchy guitar pop of recent years. Music this sunny and vital hasn't been heard much since the heyday of the Elephant Six collective's series of classic releases in the mid-'90s. While not sharing Six's penchant for psychedelia, the Little Ones clearly embrace the infectiously catchy melodies of '60s power-pop icons like the Kinks. And, similar to the latter, this energetic band doesn't pander to its audience or dumb anything down.

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Tom Murphy is a writer, visual artist and musician from Aurora, Colorado. He was a prolific music writer for Westword and a documenter of the Denver music scene.