Little Buddha

Little Buddha

 Kirkcaldy, Scotland, GBR
BandAlternativeAdult Contemporary

“The biggest thing to come out of Scotland in years....The new Garbage!!!!”
Kim Fowley

“Like an Ennio Morricone soundtrack performed by Massive Attack!!!”
Dominic Diamond

Biography

Hailing from the darkest hinterlands of Fife, Scotland, Kat McDonald and Grant Tyrie (the nucleus of Little Buddha). A geographic musical anomaly, you may initially pre-suppose, but taking into account the fact that Fife is home to Fence Collective and its myriad roster of critically revered artists, KT Tunstall, The Skids and one of Scotland's first Post-Punk DIY labels (following in the wake of Fast Product, Pop Aural and Postcard), Newtown Products, overseen by Eddie Farrell, ex-husband of Garbage chanteuse Shirley Manson, it becomes apparent there's still something interesting stirring in the old Kingdom to this day. Historically speaking, Fife always housed the ancient capital; musically speaking, Sheilagh Hynde of The Rezillos put it on the international music map, signing to NYC label Sire Records in 1977, whilst adopting the stage name of Fay Fife – which she was incidentally, Dunfermline specifically!
Grant and Kat, a contemporary Robin Guthrie and Liz Fraser in many ways, continue to remain indefinable within a new Fife scene intent on embracing the highs and lows of what followed the demise of The Sex Pistols, and picked up with The Pop Group, Gang of Four and Subway Sect. Embracing a sound and band collectiveness that owes more to Bristol in the late 80's and early 90's, it's no surprise to hear them dropping names like Massive Attack, Portishead, Tricky and Jazz legends such as John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Jaco Pastorius. Taking their name from the Bernardo Bertolucci movie, beats, Jazz, films and their soundtracks provide the palette from which to paint their aural soundscapes.

“We're huge cinema fans and pay particularly close attention to film score and soundtracks and our music has been largely influenced by film score composers such as John Barry, Ennio Morricone, John Williams and Lalo Schifrin. Other influences that drive us have come from the Bristol trip-hop
scene (i.e. Massive Attack, Goldfrapp, Portishead and Tricky); American jazz legends like John Coltrane, Jaco Pastorius and Miles Davis ;pop/rock artists like Sigur Ros, Nine Inch Nails, Bjork, T-Rex and Blondie.

"We have great admiration and respect for prolific songwriters like Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon for their imagery and the poignancy of Ian Curtis and Patti Smith”. Grant Tyrie

Following countless plays through their MySpace HYPERLINK "http:// www.myspace.com/littlebuddhaband" www.myspace.com/littlebuddhaband The debut album 'TWISTED' was recorded at The Doghouse Studio near Henley- on-Thames in England and mastered by Ted Jensen, at Sterling Sound in NYC. TWISTED will be released later on this year, preceded by various limited edition singles.

Here's some critical responses:-
“The biggest thing to come out of Scotland in years....The new Garbage!!!!”
Kim Fowley
“Like an Ennio Morricone soundtrack performed by Massive Attack!!!”
Dominic Diamond “Imagine if Massive Attack were from Fife!!!!” Ironworks Inverness
“Little Buddha make music that's part jazz, part dance and part soundtrack, excel at all three and make the mix work like a dream!!!!” Fife Free Press
Following a hugely successful six week tour of both US Coasts last autumn, including some live radio and ABC Network TV appearances, Little Buddha are currently preparing for their first onslaught on Europe in the Autumn of 2011.

Recent developments:-
Three tracks from their debut album, 'TWISTED', were recently selected for inclusion in the OST for award-winning director Shezhad Afzal's feature film debut 'Pendulum Drift'.
Selected to play Vintage Guru Stage, Glasgow west end festival.
Selected to be featured on channel 5 programme trailer
Selected to be featured on Virgin America in flight playlist
Selected for Canadian Music Fest Tour

Little Buddha have been commissioned to write the OST and provide several studio songs for a new scottish feature film to be shot this summer.

Little Buddha are constantly writing new material, honing their sound and plan to release a second album late 2011/early 2012.
To coincide with the imminent UK release of 'TWISTED' a short but sweet UK Tour has been scheduled.

April 7th :: London (The Workshop, Hoxton)*
April 8th :: Hastings (The Pig in Paradise)
April 19th:: Glasgow (Stereo)*
April 20th:: Edinburgh (The Voodoo Rooms, Ballroom)
April 23rd:: Dundee (Doghouse)
May 14th:: Inverness (Madhatters)
May 16th:: Glasgow (Classic Grand)
May 27th:: Aberdeen (Cafe Drummonds)
June 5th:: Glasgow (west end Festival, festival sunday, Vintage Guru stage)

*Industry showcases for Nottinghill Publishing, Sony Publishing and Domino Records

“Kat and I love what we do. An old mentor of mine, this amazing sax player called Tommy Smith, once asked me: 'Do you want to be a musician... or... Do you have to be a musician? If you want to be a musician...... get a day job..... If you have to be a musician then there is no other choice .....' That's what it's like for us.” Grant Tyrie on Little Buddha's

Lyrics

Therapy

Written By: Kathryn McDonald & Grant Tyrie

I have changed,
Re-arranged,
My little world to please myself.
I have raged
And estranged
My little world to free myself.
Gonna chew you up –
Gonna spit you out –
Gonna turn this whole world upside down.
Gonna shake you up –
Gonna break you in –
Gonna turn this whole world outside in…
I have waited,
Suffocated,
My little world has been on-hold.
I feel jaded,
Penetrated,
I am ready to explode.
Gonna chew you up –
Gonna spit you out –
Gonna turn this whole world upside down.
Gonna shake you up –
Gonna break you in –
Gonna turn this whole world outside in…
And don’t try to stop me – I got nothing to say
No don’t try to stop me –
just get out of my way...
I’ve displaced
And I’ve played,
My little world against myself.
I have saved,
And enslaved,
My little world to free myself…
Gonna chew you up –
Gonna spit you out –
Gonna turn this whole world upside down.
Gonna shake you up –
Gonna break you in –
Gonna turn this whole world outside in…
[outside in]

Discography

The Beautiful EP
Twisted debut album LP - General release spring/summer 2011
Untitled double album: autumn 2011- early 2012

Set List

All Song written by Grant Tyrie & Kat McDonald

Karma
Cross Over
Therapy
Another Day
Beautiful
Transitional Man
Happiest With You:
That I Could Fall
Shadow
Losing You
Leaving You Behind
Monster
Red Chair
Wake Up
Motion Sickness
Black Comedy
The Machine
Pillars of You
LIfe Support