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BAND: Little Red
3 minutes, Australia, 2008
DIRECTOR: D'Arcy Foley-Dawson
Brief synopsis: The 'school for wayward girls' is an institution from a not-too-distant time when the state (and religious bodies) had more power to interfere in people's lives. Young girls who fell outside society's boundaries of acceptable behaviour were taken in by nuns who got them on the right path through hard labor and prayer. Nowadays, we would call them slots and send them off to Brat CAmp with a Reality TV crew.
D'Arcy Foley-Dawson is one of those filmmakers with three names.
He struggles to come to terms with this fact, painfully aware that many other filmmakers adopt three names – and sometimes a scarf – to create an air of self-importance. Unlike most of these wannabes, D'Arcy Foley-Dawson was actually called D'Arcy Foley-Dawson long before his name ever appeared on screen credits.
His mother, being either a card-carrying feminist or British nobility marrying down, decided her surname deserved equal billing. She also insisted upon the traditional Irish spelling of his given name, which requires both an apostrophe and a capital 'A'. His father acquiesced, and busied himself compiling a comprehensive library of VHS tape recordings of almost every single film shown on Australian television during the 1980s. D'Arcy still remembers being introduced to Back to the Future by his old man, who concurred with his son's inference that the time-travelling title suggested the possibility of dinosaurs.
Nowadays D'Arcy appreciates Back to the Future's underlying themes of incest, shame and the American Dream. He also likes getting a haircut before a shoot.
Since they first appeared on the Melbourne live circuit a year or so ago, Little Red have played at nearly every music festival in Australia, and with just about every band you'd care to mention, but most of us were waiting patiently for the day when we could listen to Little Red in the comfort of our own conversation pits.
It's fitting, then, that their debut long player is called Listen To Little Red. It's as much a throwback to the days of naively didactic album titles as it is a command: once that bouncing bassline of Coca Cola hooks you in, you won't be able to do anything but listen (and maybe, dance).
Recorded with producer/engineer Steven Schram and released on the band's own Hooch Hound Records, Listen To Little Red polishes up the band's live favourites and adds some fine new sounds to the catalogue.
Listen To Little Red is out on June 28th on Hooch Hound Records through Shock.