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    Little Murders


    Little Murders are in the studio creating there 8th album but are coming for one day to play a couple of sets at the groovy Sunday arvo gig that is the Labour in Vain. We'll have some new songs and old songs for you to enjoy!

    Formed in 1979, Rob Griffiths named his band LITTLE MURDERS after a 1971 film directed by Alan Arkin and starring Elliot Gould. As an English expatriate, Griffiths embraced 1960s English pop culture (The Who-The Troggs-The Kinks-Union Jacks drapped over amplifiers) and accordingly LITTLE MURDERS became the premier mod band on the late 1970s/early 1980s Melbourne independant scene. The band's debut single, 'Things will be different'/ 'Take me I'm yours', on Au-go-go Records (December '79) was actually recorded by Rob's old band FICTION, prior to the formation of the first LITTLE MURDERS line-up listed above(see discography). 'Things will be different' was an excellent debut single, a blast of punchy, danceable pop, and it rapidly sold out its pressing of 1000 copies. 'Things will be different' ranks alongside The Riptides' 'Sunset Strip' and Young Modern's 'She's got the money' as one of the classics of Australian new wave power pop. By May 1980, the band's line-up comprised Griffiths, Flegg, Stuart Beatty(guitar) and Steve Fusezi(bass). Two furthers singles for Au-go-go followed: 'High school/Trouble with love' (which featured Clint Small) and 'She lets me know/It's over'. During the sessions that produced 'She lets..', Griffiths took time off to record a single with other musicians. 'Melody/Waiting' came out under the name Dance Set in 1981. Line-up changes plagued LITTLE MURDERS for the next couple of years. The mid-1981line-up featured Griffiths, Beatty, Kim Holmberg(guitar-vocals; ex-Leftovers), Paul Holmberg(drums; ex-Leftovers) and Alan Brooker(bass). The 1982 line-up, wich comprised Griffiths, Rod Hatward(guitar), Chris Hunter(bass; ex-Cuban Heels) and Michael Barclay(drums), was the most accomplished and consistent to date. Unable to secure a major record deal for his efforts, however, Griffiths eventually broke up LITTLE MURDERS in December 1983. Griffiths made an unsuccessful attempt to revive the LITTLE MURDERS name in 1985, and independant label Polyester Records issued the '100 drugs/The beat goes on' single(the tracls had been recorded in 1983 and 1979 respectively). Au-go-go issued the retrospective set Stop! in 1986, which drew together various singles tracks and unissued studio cuts. In late 1995, Rob Griffiths revived the LITTLE MURDERS name, and over the next 18 months recorded a new album. Backing musicains inclued Rod Hayward, Phil Wales(guitar), Craig Pilkington(guitar; ex-Killjoys), and Dave Foley(drums). The album ''...and stuff like that' (june1997) comprised the new material(including the single '100 drugs') plus six previously released cuts. By that stage, Griffiths had a new LITTLE MURDERS line-up on the road with Tony Robertson (bass), plus Paul Thomas(guitar) and Michael Barclay(drums). LITTLE MURDERS issued a new cd-single '100,000 guitars' in September 1998. It was lifted from the band's second CD for the SWERVE label 'First Light'. The album featured the line-up pf Griffiths, Thomas, Barclay, Pilkington and Kate Stalker(vocals) playing pure guitar pop. The second CD single from the album 'Andy Warhol retrospective' followed in June 1999 Little Murders released their fourth album in 2001 called 'We should be home by now", which garnered the best reviews of their career. In August 2009 they released a retrospective album "Stop Plus Singles" featuring all tracks recorded between 1979 and 1985. They also played support to "From The Jam" and are now playing regularly around Melbourne.. In 2011 they released "Dig For Plenty" to positive reviews both here and overseas.

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