Excellent folk-rock music is hitchhiking across the pond. Little Green Cars just signed with Glassnote Records, joining the impressive ranks of Mumford and Sons, Phoenix and Daughter in the US. The Irish group is working with producer Markus Dravs (Arcade Fire, Coldplay, Mumford and Sons) to record their first release Absolute Zero, which is scheduled to drop in the new year. They’re barely 20-years-old and, according to CMJ, one of the most anticipated up-and-coming bands of 2013.
Little Green Cars single “The John Wayne” opens with thumping drums, paired with the endearingly sweet lyric of “it’s easy to fall in love with you.” They maintain pleasant harmonies throughout, looping them into powerful rock chords. Guardian music reviewer Paul Lest says Little Green Cars are “not afraid to stretch out and mess with the formula,” for they can to experiment with folk influences, adding a dash of gospel and electronic nuances. For now, sadly we must scrounge live YouTube recordings and blog reviews for hints of their album. Lucky for us, Little Green Cars give phenomenal and passionate live performances, as emphasized by this OtherVoices acoustic recording of “Grow” that channels Head and the Heart harmonies…with a little more punch.