Little Man Tate
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Little Man Tate

Sheffield, England, United Kingdom | INDIE

Sheffield, England, United Kingdom | INDIE
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The best kept secret in music

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Man We Love Your Band - NME


Discography

single may 06 " what what you got" - top40
single aug 2006 " house part at boothys"

please see www.myspace.com/littlemantatemusic

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It’s safe to say that when Jon, Maz, Ben and Dan, singer, guitarist, bassist and drummer in Little Man Tate, first got together under a year ago, they couldn’t have been prepared for what lay ahead.

Then, they were four lifelong friends from Sheffield who’d spent their teens playing football, drinking and chasing girls together, in thrall of the sounds of Pulp, the Roses, the Pistols and Blur who formed a band for the simple pleasure of playing gigs.

Now, twelve months on, they’re still four lifelong friends from Sheffield, still chasing the good times together, but on the verge of something a little but special. The gigs are getting bigger and bigger, selling out in less and less time; the clamour for their debut single The Agent saw all 2000 copies sell out in no time at all and with new single What? What You Got? and a debut album on the horizon, soon there’ll be no more driving through the night from gigs to make it back in time for morning shifts at work.

Like all great bands, Little Man Tate are a gang, possessed with a hedonistic, good time ethos that bonds the four together. They formed through genuine friendship rather than through classified ads in the back of the music press, all playing Sunday league football together and writing songs in Jon’s bedroom. They’re as much at home on the terraces of Hillsborough (Jon and Ben) and Bramall Lane (Maz and Dan) as at the bar in The Boardwalk (where Jon worked in the box office). And from humble, everyday surroundings they make extraordinary music.

“You’ve got a funny mind, you’re a little bit twisted: singe Jon on the band’s debut single. He’s a fine one to talk, seeing as Little Man Tate’s repertoire of twisted pop deals with everything from cross dressing football hoolies to bisexual threesomes. It’s this glammed-up kitchen sink observation, married to unashamed melody that has seen Little Man Tate converting the masses across the land. Tracks such as next single What? What You Got?, Young Offenders and Court Report have already become word of mouth classics.

After a handful of early gigs, a buzz quickly built around the band, first around Sheffield and the surrounding area by word of mouth, and then much further afield via the band’s website (www.littlemantate.co.uk) and Myspace site (www.myspace.com/littlemantatemusic.com). In no time at all, gig attendances doubled, then tripled, and Little Man Tate found themselves receiving plaudits from The Guardian to Rolling Stone. They then headed out on a nationwide Club NME tour and the reception they received was spectacular, resulting in a sold out Academy tour in January. When their debut single The Agent was released in February, the scramble for it was unprecedented and all 2000 copies sold out in days.

Little Man Tate are currently in the studio, putting the finishing touches to next single What? What You Got? and their as yet untitled debut album. There’s also the small matter of a headline UK tour throughout April and May which saw shows at London’s 100 Club and Sheffield’s 1200 capacity Plug sell out in a day.

Little Man Tate chose their name because “the film’s about a boy who’s little and clever. We’re not little and we’re not clever. It’s ironic. We just love to play our music live.” Unassuming to the end, maybe soon Little Man Tate will realise just how special they are.

“Little Man Tate: man, we love your band” – NME