If it were a film, Home Sweet Home – the brand new Extended Play record from that popular beat combo Littlemores – would most probably be Karel Reisz’s Saturday Night and Sunday Morning. They may well be separated by over half a century but both can be placed in the vanguard of the new wave, genuine classics of their respective genres. Each oozes bags of gritty kitchen-sink drama and packs a powerful emotional punch. Both are vital, fresh and have a rebelliousness underscored by the innocence of youth and in Conor Hirons Littlemores possess the most perfect Albert Finney anti-hero for the modern age.
Where Saturday Night had Nottingham we now have York, as Littlemores explore similar themes of Northern family life where dysfunction is key. In an insouciant drawl firmly at odds with his subject matter, Hirons sings about infidelity, domestic abuse and the grim reality of growing old in your home town over a spikey musical score bristling with energy and élan. When the words and music are taken in tandem the most obvious reference point would be near South Yorkshire neighbours Arctic Monkeys, but as Littlemores grow in confidence and swagger they are starting to acquire a more versatile voice all of their very own.
Coming nearly two years after their debut EP Idle Idols II, Home Sweet Home is the Littlemores long awaited follow-up. It contains four rather wonderful songs in whose company you would be more than happy to spend all of Saturday night, Sunday morning and any other time of the week you happen to mention.
Released on 4th September 2013, Home Sweet Home is available on download and CD here:
Littlemores will be playing live at:
22.09.13 – Hull Trinity Festival
11.10.13 – Fibbers, York
19.10.13 – Leeds Trinity
Pictured here at Galtres Festival on 24th August 2013: