Little Creatures

Little Creatures

 Toronto, Ontario, CAN
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It’s the unlikely pairs that catch your attention. Alison’s an award-winning songwriter and drummer, already pretty unusual in the music world. Chris’ a gifted singer, bringing a voice brimming with grit and treacle. Little Creatures, a duo steeped in classic pop-rock, with bright melodic hooks and just enough crunch to really sink your teeth in.

Biography

It’s the unlikely pairs that catch your attention. Alison Maclean’s an award-winning songwriter and a drummer, already pretty unusual in the music world. Chris Ioannou’s a gifted singer, bringing a voice brimming with grit and treacle. Together they are Little Creatures, a duo steeped in classic pop-rock, with bright melodic hooks and just enough crunch to really sink your teeth in.

Like a lot of great matches, Chris and Alison didn’t even realize what they had when they first started playing together. Originally, Chris was the rhythm guitarist and backup singer for Alison’s band Calling Wendy, the first outfit that Alison put together on her own. Alison was searching for the right vocalist, one that matched what she heard in her head. Many talented women took a stab at fronting the band, but over the course of two years none of them really stuck. Through it all, Chris was there, strumming and chiming in with his burnished harmonies. The turning point came when a storm knocked out the power at the Durham International Festival. The audience was getting restless as the uneasy seconds became long silent minutes. Rather than pack up and go home, Chris jumped up on stage and played the entire set with nothing but a borrowed acoustic guitar and his bare voice. The crowd was mesmerized. At that moment, Alison realized she’d been barking up the wrong tree. Chris was her front-woman. Man. Singer. You get the idea.

They started writing together and Little Creatures was born. The new band had its official unveiling for the History Channel’s “What’s In a Name?” in 2011. The highlight of the show was being mentored by Canadian rock legend Randy Bachman. He gave a 9½ to “Breakdown”, one of Alison and Chris’s first collaborations, and Chris even got to teach Randy a lick on guitar! Then Randy plugged in and they blasted through the song together. Just a little awesome.

Alison got her start banging sticks on skins for the band MAdE. Part of the burgeoning Canadian alternative rock scene of the early 2000s, MAdE was signed to Universal for two albums. After the band’s demise, her songwriting began to get Alison a lot of attention, something the diminutive drummer never expected. The demo of “Tennessee” won the MIX 99.9 Standard Radio Songwriting Competition, and landed second place in the Unisong International Songwriting Contest in the AA category. Since then, Little Creatures’ songs “Lovelorn” (2010) and “The Letter” (2012) have also won accolades from the ISC, bolstering their rep for soaring melodies and memorable songs. Their songs have been embraced by radio, and they’ve been playing around Ontario, honing a tight live show around Chris’s crackling onstage presence. Their shows have also been a great venue for the band’s critter-conscience. In the fall of 2012, Little Creatures organized a benefit for PAWS (Peoples Animal Welfare Society), raising over $2,000 to help homeless, abused and abandoned animals.

Currently, Little Creatures is finishing up a full-length album as a follow-up to their self-titled debut EP, recording at The Pocket in Toronto.

Lyrics

Lovelorn

Written By: MacLean/Ioannou/Sytnyk

You put together a list of things to say to me
Apparently I'm not pulling my weight
How hypocritical of you tonight
When you wake me up in the middle of the night just to start a fight

...I put together a list of things to say to you
You say my dreams should take a back seat too

Did I give too much?
Or did you give up?

I'm lovelorn
and I'm cut up and torn
Gotta stop this fighting girl, it's messing up my whole world
and you're lovelorn
and you're broken and torn
Wet creases on the pages tell me more than what your words are saying

The mirror you look into you say blows you a kiss
But the way you stomp around is hard to miss
So come on, come on, come on let's not get too caught up
In "what ifs, but you said, who did what, whether or not"

Did you give too much?

(chorus)x2

And I'm all alone
Broken and torn
Pieces of me want to stay,
but I'm disappearing, fading away

It didn't have to end this way
Disappear and fade away.

Out Of Control

Written By: MacLean/Ioannou/Sytnyk

Oohhh you’re outta contol
Throwing money out the window
You’re so outta control
Why (aren’t you mad) aren’t you mad (aren’t you mad)
Making mistakes so bad
You’re so outta control

Sleep through another year Happy Belated
Spend all your time in bed Frustrated

Well, I know, I know you could put a stop to this
But you don’t, you won’t
Realize the cure is in your hands
Not in mine, only you can put a stop to this
But you don’t, you won’t
So the harder you fall the more I’ll go
You’re so outta control

(Well, I don’t wanna) sound heartless
Cuz you’re the only one I miss
I just want you back
(Don’t you think I) understand?
I used to drink until I couldn’t stand
You gotta take your own hand
It’s the only way

I know you’re gonna make it through, you’re gonna make it
And at the end of the road I’ll wait, but ya’ gotta take it

Well, I know, I know you could put a stop to this
But you don’t, you won’t
Realize the cure is in your hands
Not in mine, only you can put a stop to this
But you don’t you won’t
So the harder you fall the more I’ll ……………… SOLO

Sleep another year Happy Belated
I won’t stand by another day Frustrated

Well, I know, I know you could put a stop to this
But you don’t, you won’t
Realize the cure is in your hands
Not in mine, only you can put a stop to this
But you don’t you won’t
So the harder you fall the more I’ll go

Rainfall

Written By: Little Creatures

Rainfall

Sometimes I feel like I’m swimming upstream
Ghosts are chasing after me pulling at the seams
I haven’t run but you’ve already spoken
So sure I’ll break all promises unbroken
What happen to you? Who took all your faith away?

Here I stand today
Same as yesterday
Ohhhh I won’t let you slip away
And then the rain fell the rain fell today

The world is spinning to fast you want to get off I know
You set your clock watch the hand but it’s moving too slow
Whaddya gotta do to make you wanna lose time again?
Whaddya gotta do to make you wanna be mine again?
I want to love you but you’re cold and I’m frozen
I want to heal you but you’re godamn broken
What happened to you? You got lost along the way?

Here I stand today
Same as yesterday
Ohhhh I won’t let you slip away
And then the rain fell the rain fell today

I wanna heal you but you’re godamn broken
(Instra- 1x
(I won’t slip away x 1 ohhhh into chorus-

Here I stand today
Same as yesterday
Ohhh I won’t let you slip away (normal harm)
And the rain fell
And the rain fell
And the rain fell
And the rain fell
And the rain fell
And the rain fell
Today

One verse – nothing
Raaaaaainfell

end.

The Letter

Written By: Little Creatures

THE LETTER

Yesterday I read your letter that you threw away into my trash
Something about being insecure cuz you don’t have that much cash
Don’t you know it’s not about that
Don’t you know I want you more than that
Don’t you know I’m a man of my word
Don’t you know - don’t you know
So take me down to the water
Cuz I could use a lover lover lover lover

Time is wasting away
My love is here to stay with you
I’ll do anything you ask me too

Now today I know it’s true
You’re more of a girl than you ever knew
I wanna hold you close I wanna kiss your mouth
I wanna show you what love is all about
Don’t you know it’s not about that
Don’t you know I want you more than that
Don’t you know - don’t you know
So take me down to the water
Cuz I could use a lover lover lover

Time won’t take me away
My heart is here to stay with you
I’ll do anything you ask me too
Love don’t cost anything,
I’m saving this song for you
I’ll do anything you ask me too

So I took your letter and I lit a match
But you told me to wait until the last paragraph
Ooooh and it said;
Baby I love you baby I need you baby I love you baby I need you
Don’t you know it’s not about that
Don’t you know I want you more than that

Time won’t take me away
My heart is here to stay with you
I’ll do anything you ask me too
Love don’t cost anything,
I’m saving this song for you
I’ll do anything you ask me too

The Letter

Written By: Little Creatures

THE LETTER

Yesterday I read your letter that you threw away into my trash
Something about being insecure cuz you don’t have that much cash
Don’t you know it’s not about that
Don’t you know I want you more than that
Don’t you know I’m a man of my word
Don’t you know - don’t you know
So take me down to the water
Cuz I could use a lover lover lover lover

Time is wasting away
My love is here to stay with you
I’ll do anything you ask me too

Now today I know it’s true
You’re more of a girl than you ever knew
I wanna hold you close I wanna kiss your mouth
I wanna show you what love is all about
Don’t you know it’s not about that
Don’t you know I want you more than that
Don’t you know - don’t you know
So take me down to the water
Cuz I could use a lover lover lover

Time won’t take me away
My heart is here to stay with you
I’ll do anything you ask me too
Love don’t cost anything,
I’m saving this song for you
I’ll do anything you ask me too

So I took your letter and I lit a match
But you told me to wait until the last paragraph
Ooooh and it said;
Baby I love you baby I need you baby I love you baby I need you
Don’t you know it’s not about that
Don’t you know I want you more than that

Time won’t take me away
My heart is here to stay with you
I’ll do anything you ask me too
Love don’t cost anything,
I’m saving this song for you
I’ll do anything you ask me too

Discography

Out Of Control - single
released 2011

Lovelorn - single
released 2010

Little Creatures ep
released 2012

Set List

Full set 45 - 60 mins of original music includes the following songs:

Lovelorn
Tennessee
Just Like A Dream
Music Starts
The Letter
Rainfall
Out Of Control
Breakdown
Angel In The Sky
Way You're Wired