Little Us is based out of Connecticut, comprised of Rithya Claude (lead vocals/guitars), Alex Pearson (guitar/vocals), Ethan Johnson (keyboard/vocals) and Kallen Colbert (drums). The band is releasing their latest EP entitled Don’t Let Go of Something Real, You’ll Be Fine.
The band started in 2013 with a group of high school friends who wrote original songs and performed all over the Connecticut area. From 2016-2017, the band went on a short hiatus to then return in 2017 with a revamped sound and inspiration. The band decided on a new direction with an emphasis on touching lives using music written with emotion and a positive message. In this vein, their latest EP is to help people that are going through the struggles of coping with depression, suicide and eventually acceptance. Revolving around melodic rock with influences in classic rock and with a new lifting and positive-geared platform, Little Us does some Big Work, championing mental health issues and shedding light on something that is widely experienced but can be overlooked all at once. Their live acts have garnered them a following with sold out shows at the Webster and Toad’s place. With two music videos and a tour of the east coast underway, this is only the beginning for the band!
“Don’t Let Go” is the opener where electronic beats pulsate with rhythmic steadiness throughout the start of this track. A melodic piano melody also sidles in. Then the sounds of hard-hitting guitars and bass lines pulverizes instantly. The vocal delivery is solid and energetic. The style is revved and fully charged.
Synths sound off on the start of “Something Real” with a relentless sound. The full-on vibe of feedback soon gives way to the revved and bombastic sound of guitars. The vocals are kind of subdued, sung in a soft cadence. The music is pressing filled with a strong sense of urgency. This is a dramatic and driven anthem. Claude sings, “Every days the same, I’m a slowly fading flame / Will this be my fate / Will I be okay.” As the background vocals repeat the last line, Little Us reiterates their call for attention for a pressing issue that millions of Americans have to deal with. The band provides a voice for those struggling with depression and anxiety and through their music, they provide a much-needed outlet for those searching for help.
On the closer “You’ll Be Fine,” a soft piano melody courses through this song as electric guitar riffs pave this track. The song becomes more atmospheric as synths soar in the backdrop. The vocals are spewed in a fast-paced fashion. The sound is energetic and amped with a sweeping and epic sound. An electric guitar solo launches toward the three-minute-a-half-minute mark. The music crescendos many times and the buildup is momentous.
With a sound that blends influences of modern alternative rock with a retro-inspired ‘80s classic rock vibe, Little Us’ inspirations include artists like Hands Like Houses, Picturesque, Too Close To Touch, Sleeping With Sirens, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Issues, Journey and Def Leppard. Their energetic performances are relayed through loosened effects of anthemic-like choruses and driven guitars and bass lines. It seems like their recording translates well onto their onstage presence, as they are gaining recognition in the states of Pennsylvania and Colorado. Their powerful and emotional delivery definitely ignites an adrenaline rush as they are on par with the best live acts in the scene, if their EP is any indicator. Driven and exciting, Little Us is an up-and-coming band to look out for. Be sure you have a listen today!
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