Q&A Scene: Rob Griffiths ~ LITTLE MURDERS, The FICTION

Tell us about your latest single/album/ tour. 

At the moment I’m in the midst of two projects. 

Little Murders are celebrating 40 years in the business by releasing a brand new album ‘Dromana-Rama’ a 7 inch EP and playing a big show at the Tote Hotel on Sunday October 6th. We’re releasing the album through Off The Hip records. It’s pretty exciting to get to 40 years and still playing gigs.

On the other hand, my other band, The Fiction, were formed in 1978 and released their first album in 2018 (off a cassette tape made before they even played a gig). That was so much fun we went into the studio and made our second album. That one is called Ramona. And now after 41 years we’re off to tour japan. Crazy world isn’t it. 

Actually The Fiction, which is Rob Wellington and I, recorded the first Little Murders single which was eventually released under that name because the Fiction broke up!

What’s your favourite work at this point in time?

I’ve spent the last two months working on these releases so I’m pretty much consumed by these two albums. We didn’t plan to release them so close together but with the Japan tour and the 40th anniversary they just ended up together.  Other than that I listen to Thee Cha Cha Chas’ new single (they are playing with us on Sunday) Les Minijupes EP, The Let’s Go’s album . They’re from Japan and we’re supporting them in November. The new Rock Juice album (Japan)

How would you describe your sound in food form and why? 

I guess we’re like a Smoothie Bomb. We play our version of power pop. Not too sweet but enough guitar, melodies and harmonies to make us the healthy choice.

Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.

After 39 years Little Murders went on tour in Japan. Met people who had been listening to our music since the eighties. Was not aware that we had an audience over there. Knocked my socks off the reactions we got.

What, or who, inspires you?

The Kinks, David Bowie, Joe Strummer and the Clash musically. Oh and the Jam. Tarantino in his approach to film-making and his use of music in them. Manga comics. Daredevil. 

Which song do you wish you wrote?

Waterloo Sunset by Ray Davies (Kinks). Either that or When you walk in the Room by Jackie de Shannon (the Searchers)

What’s next for you?

I’m writing some new songs for the Fiction to record. We make our albums in garages. So it’s dead easy to get it together. Other than that I’m trying to write songs for other people. Always fun to adapt my music to some one else style.

I’m also working on writing songs for another project of mine. A glam band called T.Ram. 

What’s your scene?

I’m a pop culture nut. Pop music, manga comics (Battle Royale, Monster, 20th Century Boys) glam and punk records. Power pop and Britpop. The Sixties and Pop Art. Lichtenstien. Toy robots are cool too. 

Dromana-Rama by Little Murders – Off The Hip records – Information and Album Launch details:

Named after the 1971 Alan Arkin-directed film, Rob Griffiths formed Little Murders in 1979 and they soon became the most influential mod band during the late ’70s and early ’80s in Melbourne, Australia.

The band’s debut single, “Things will Be Different”/”Take Me I’m Yours,” (December 1979), quickly sold its initial 1000 copies and remains a classic Australian pop record of the time. They would move into the power-pop scene as the years progressed and release classics like ‘She Lets Me Know’ and ‘100 drugs’.

40 years later to almost the day Little Murders have released their eighth album Dromana-Rama on Off The Hip records. And 40 years have not diluted their energy one bit.

As the title suggests the album was initiated by Rob Griffiths (singer/writer) recollections of travelling and gigging around the Mornington Peninsula back in the early eighties. It starts before then as Rob’s introduction to rock and roll was seeing the legendary sixties band Zoot rock out on Dromana beach for 3AK radio.

Later Little Murders would play along the coast. Frankston, Sorrento, Hastings and more where their sixties beat captured the surfing crowd.

There is also a nod in the energy of the tracks to Little Murders tour of Japan in 2018 where they witnessed and took part in the full-scale garage rock revival going on there. 

So what we have here is guitar pop complete with harmonies, melodies and minor chords. Rod Hayward remains on lead guitar playing scintillating solos. This time he is joined by Andrew Royal who takes on some of the lead guitar duties. Danny McDonald adds guitar. Bruce Minty plays bass (switching from the guitar in previous line-ups). On drums Shaun Lohoar. The whole package is wrapped with the production of Craig Pilkington who also plays various instruments. And to complete the circle the artwork was done by Stuart Beatty who produced that first record 40 years ago (and did the artwork)

Little Murders will be launching the new album Dromana-Rama and celebrating their 40th anniversary with a special afternoon show at the Tote Hotel in Collingwood on Sunday 6th October.

They will be joined by the sensational Thee Cha Cha Chas and Danny McDonald. There will also be an extra special 4 track  7 inch EP available on the day. 

$10 cheap for a great lineup. Times 5pm-8pm.

Grab your tickets here

Grab Dromana-Rama here

Future Events

October 4th: Physical release of Dromana-Rama by Little Murders (& 4 track 7-inch EP)

October 6th: Little Murders album launch @ Tote

October 20: Rob Griffiths @ pop boomerang album launch Merri Creek tavern

October 27th: The Fiction begin Japan tour.    Tokyo, Kobe, Nagoya, Kyoto, Osaka

November 20th: Little Murders support the Let’s Go’s at Swamplands

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Mary is a photographer and a writer, specialising in music. She runs Rocklust.com where she endeavours to capture the passion of music in her photos whether it's live music photography, promotional band photos or portraits. She has photographed The Rolling Stones, KISS, Iggy Pop, AC/DC, Patti Smith, Joe Strummer, PULP, The Cult, The Damned, The Cure, Ian Brown, Interpol, MUDHONEY, The MELVINS, The Living End, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against The Machine, The Stone Roses –just to name a few - in Australia, USA, Europe and the Middle East. Her work has been published in Beat magazine, Rolling Stone magazine, Triple J magazine, The Age Newspaper, The Herald Sun, The Australian, Neos Kosmos, blistering.com, theaureview.com, noise11.com, music-news.com. She has a permanent photographic exhibition at The Corner Hotel in Richmond, Victoria Australia.

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