Thanks to Charlotte for answering these questions:
How do you describe The Tiny Lies’ music?
Put simply, Alt-folk with hints of Country-noir.
What is your favourite NZ venue?
That would have to be our beloved Wunderbar. It overlooks the Lyttelton port and is home to many a strange object and person. It's currently lost its stairs, but the post-quake re-opening parties just keep getting longer and bigger.
How do you keep in contact with your fans?
We, like so many, are part of the great Facebook machine. Also Bandcamp. We exist on MySpace but only vaguely.
Who are your favourite NZ musicians/bands, and why?
Most of our favourite artists are local- not because all the best musicians are in Christchurch- but because these are the people who we collaborate with and are constantly drawing inspiration from. That's really valuable to us. To name a few- Delaney Davidson has got to be in there. When he's in the country, he's been known to spin a bit of voodoo magic on his lapsteel with us. Harley likes a myriad of NZ artists but particularly enjoys the masterful songwriting of Steve Abel. Charlotte loves the vocal work of The Unfaithful Ways, the strange beauty of Hannah Harding and the Starlight Room, Devillish Mary and The Holy Rollers when you wanna get moving, and she has a shameless crush on local artist Happiness Stan.
What is the best part of being a musician?
The best part of being a muso is that it's one of those rare roles in which you are not only allowed to be an honest human being, but it's expected of you. People want to experience something real when they come to a show- whether it be joy or sorrow- and to be able to present an emotion like that through music and have it spread through a room is something profoundly satisfying.
What can we expect to see from The Tiny Lies over the next year?
We'll be working on some new material which has been waiting patiently side of stage while we've been absorbed in the EP and our work with the collaborative project of The Harbour Union. So expect to hear some new stuff, and a full-band show in December which will reflect the rich sound of the EP.
The Tiny Lies. Alt-Folk. Folk-Noir. Shades of a Hitchcock villain when the man wears his hat; a woman in vintage blue. They’ve got that Lyttelton sound, but they don’t live there. He plays the acoustic with nimble fingers and rocks the neck like a baby. They say he used to front an alt-punk band in baggy jeans. He’s got a little twang to his voice, rounded out with a kiwi accent. Her harmonica playing is a little Dylan-esque- rasping and rough. So too her voice. Cut her teeth singing the blues in a sticky bar. You can still hear those late nights in her throat.
So what’s the music like? Their live performances with their simple set-up of acoustic guitar and harmonica, and harmony-rich vocals, deliver that trademark folk ‘stripped back’ appeal. Whilst their recorded work to date is a rich tapestry of violin, lap-steel, banjo, accordian, simple drums and bass, and those special ingredients that will grow from a creaking door, or a spring rain-storm hammering the roof. Always with solid guitar-work and those characteristic vocals at the forefront.
Their EP ‘Trials’, released in 2011, was met with positive reviews, supported by the release of a noir-styled music video for ‘I am a Ghost’. This year, The Tiny Lies have laid down ‘Bag of Bones’, which will be released under another video. Joining Lyttelton Records in 2013, The Tiny Lies will then launch into a full album, followed by a full-band tour.