Little Ones: Jackpot Saloon — Lawrence, Kansas

Any band feature cowbell is okay by me.

From the opening riff of the sets opening song, The Little Ones prove what a tight, well prepared band they actually are. Their flashes of spectacularly constructed guitar riffs and bass driven song structures leave you little choice but nod your head and shake your ass as Edward Reyes‘ sparkling vocals capture the modestly sized crowd’s attention. But with a set laced full of great guitar chaos and the best use of the phrase “Radio, Radio” since Elvis Costello, what’s not to love?

Shunning the fact that the stage in which they were standing was barely large enough to support the group’s five member lineup, this band has more energy that an class of eight year old kids who have been placed on a strict diet of Red Bull and sugar cubes. I don’t really remember a moment in which they were not bouncing about, swaying indifferently to the indie-pop melodies that were flowing throughout the tiny Lawrence, Ks. music hall. Watching these kids use their bodies as instruments to keep time inspired me to dance myself. I didn’t, however, due to the fact that my dancing would result in nothing more than my making an ass of myself and drawing attention away from the band’s flawlessly produced set.

Closing as strongly as they opened, the band convincingly created a slight riot scene setting by getting the crowd to repeatedly scream “Yeah!” in unison, before screaming, “Show us where your heart is,” walking off the stage and leaving everyone desiring more.

I promise you that catching this band is in your best interest. Their hooks will grab you with a white knuckle grip, and their live show is one of the best I’ve seen. Catch their tour dates and tunes through the following links:

The Little One’s Website
The Little One’s Myspace

Tour Dates:
5/09/08 – Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive
5/10/08 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
5/12/08 – Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey
5/13/08 – Portland, OR @ Towne Lounge
5/14/08 – San Francisco, CA @ Cafe du Nord
5/15/08 – Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
5/16/08 – Pomona, CA @ Glass House
5/20/08 – Paris, France @ Nouveau Casino
5/21/08 – Southampton @ Joiners
5/22/08 – London @ Bush Hall
5/23/08 – Manchester @ Roadhouse
5/26/08 – Seattle, WA @ Sasquatch Festival
7/24-7/27 –Secret Garden Party

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