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When The Little Stevies released their debut EP Grow Up in 2006, it wasn’t without a sense of irony. Their first national release, it marked their 22nd year as an artistic unit – even if the first three of these were spent in diapers. TLS founding members, sisters Sibylla and Bethany Stephen and their life-long friend Robin Geradts-Gill, did indeed grow up together, the offspring of two very musical families whose members once formed part of an ARIA-winning pop band in the 1970s. It’s their long history of collaboration coupled with their relatively young age that makes their sound unique: exquisite three-part harmonies that soar above terrific pop melodies and catchy guitar hooks.
Since 2008, their sound’s been expanded and matured by the band’s newest member, multi-instrumentalist Josh Barber on drums and percussion. Over several years TLS have built a reputation as an exceptional live act and attracted an army of loyal fans won over by their honest charm, witty banter and, not least of all, unique song-writing. Their lyrics are a mixture of the personal and the profound, each song a story that audiences are always keen to hear retold.
In 2009 The Little Stevies released their debut album Love Your Band. This highly anticipated work is alight with love and laughter, stalwarts of The Little Stevies live persona, and the stories within scale the heights of joy and depths of despair. Cheeky, charming, often raucous, often contemplative, the resounding quality of this irresistible collection is its authenticity – that quality of music that comes straight from the heart, without self-consciousness or pretension. The album’s praises have been widely sung both in print media and online, and it’s been heard ringing across airwaves Australia-wide.