EXCLUSIVE AUDIO: Little Bribes – Obstacles (EP)

Slowly bubbling their way into letting everyone know exactly who they are, we’ve teamed up with our pals in Nottingham up-and-coming emo outfit Little Bribes to bring you an exclusive full stream of their debut EP, ‘Obstacles’. Yep, the whole thing.

You can get your ears around this fresh intake of ear food via the embedded player below:

Along with a full stream, George Gadd also gave us a bit more of an insight into what the whole thing is about in a track-by-track run through. Get into the heart of the songs whilst they’re playing along with his overview below:

We had been trying to work this one out for a while. Drew showed us the riff in one of the first practices we had with him. The first time it all clicked we described it as “the soundtrack to the apocalypse”.

In terms of lyrics, it’s pretty direct. It’s about greedy people that compromise values for money. The moral is, don’t piss me off.

Over the years, there have been so many statements in support of gender fluidity. When I was writing it, I was thinking about ‘Androgynous’ by The Replacements, as well as Marc Bolan and glam rock pushing boundaries back in the 70s.

My best friend of about 9 years told me they were transitioning to feel more comfortable in their own skin. I was in Barcelona at the time and later that day, I was hiding in the shade sunburnt and dehydrated. I read an article about a transgender person being murdered in America, and it upset me a great deal. Flicking through related posts on the Guardian’s website, I saw the figures adding up. I wrote this before my friend publicly came out, but it was addressing anyone who is stupid enough to not let people feel comfortable in their own skin. Thankfully, everyone was very supportive.

It’s about avoiding asking someone if they need help, because you don’t want to make the relationship awkward. I knew what the song was about for a while and I had melodies in my head, but I didn’t actually write the lyrics until a week before we recorded it. I love all the songs but this is the one that stands out to me, despite the fact that I don’t play much on it at all.

This one took a while to get right, Phil (Booth, producer) ended up locking up mine and Alex’s phones in his drawer because we kept getting distracted.

I probably got drunk most nights and stopped out far too late. This song is about losing control of your body and feeling empty. I had the riff for a while and didn’t know what to do with it. The breakdown is our favourite thing to do live, and we all do a choreographed stomp.

This is the first song that we wrote together. I wrote this song about a staying at my friend’s house in London after my old band played Camden Barfly. There were questionable items there, and it made me realise how naîve I was. The second verse relates to me trying to somehow navigate my way through London to get back to Birmingham. Rhodri gets the last line on the record which is a nod to ‘Reboot’ (“you never wanted to stay”).

Drew asked me once if I made the train, and I did, although it was packed with stupid football fans who were making my hangover worse.

The band’s EP, ‘Obstacles’, is set for release on April 8th 2016. If you like what you hear, you can pre-order it now from their BandCamp page (here).

You can follow the band online via Twitter (here) and Facebook (here).