Thursday, April 30, 2009

Introducing:: Little Foot Long Foot

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If I pointed you towards another two piece, bluesy rock band, what would you say? Probably something like, “thanks, but I’ll listen to my White Stripes/Black Keys/Black Diamond Heavies/Speaking Tongues” and move on. But I'd quickly follow up with, “this one is fronted by a woman” and chances are you'd toss back some glib retort along the lines of, “so it’s the poor-man's Pack A.D.? Or just another chick with an unhealthy obsession with Joplin and the color black?”

Well, thankfully Toronto’s Little Foot Long Foot doesn’t fit into such tidy little descriptors. Sure, Harsh Words stands up against the output of some of those bands - Junebug and King Hipster explode out of your speakers, as does the anti-Bush/anti-Landlord anthem, Half Man Half Mule - but on a casual glance you’d expect front woman Joan Smith to play keys or picked acoustic, not gritty garage riffs that fuel her disdain for hipsters and a love of classic rock.

I know it’s easy to fall for big guitars and crashing drums, especially with a cute female belting out the vocals - and make no mistake, she has some pipes - and the fact that Isaac Klein's snare might be tighter than the pants they both seem to hate, but Little Foot Long Fit is working to find their own niche in this suddenly over saturated genre. Their modern take on the classic sound adds just enough self-deprecating humor and sarcastic nonchalance (and some country swagger) to the tried and true emotions you expect to hear.

Instead of bombarding you with only sludgy ballads and searing riffs and garnishing tired comparisons to whiskey soaked nights, the Toronto two-piece really tries to bend their sound pallet. With subtle shifts like the funky groove that starts Market Survey (that breaks into a harmonica laced, hoe-down), the distorted haze that grows on Stripper Song or how effortlessly Smith jumps into a Neko-inspired vocal run on the alt-country chic dismissal Fake Cowboys, Little Foot Long Foot shows that they have more to offer than your standard huge sound.

Little Foot Long Foot is playing the hell out of the East Coast this summer, including the following stops:
  • 14 May 2009 Fredericton, New Brunswick
  • 15 May 2009 St. andrews by the sea, New Brunswick
  • 16 May 2009 New Glasgow, Nova Scotia
  • 17 May 2009 Tribeca Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 18 May 2009 Gus’ Pub Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 21 May 2009 Moncton, New Brunswick
  • 22 May 2009 Moncton, New Brunswick
  • 28 Jun 2009 Reflections Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 4 Jul 20009 The Seahorse Halifax, Nova Scotia

So if we were going with one of those RIYL tags, it would include all the bands you see mentioned above, or I could just say – recommended if you ARE

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