Here’s a new and fascinating project which goes by the name of Miss Tiny and is the musical union of a years-old friendship between producer/guitarist Dan Carey (Fontaines D.C., Wet Leg, Franz Ferdinand, Bat For Lashes, TOY, Django Django, Emiliana Torrini, The Kills, Chairlift, phew … and more ) and vocalist/drummer Benjamin Romans-Hopcraft (Childhood, Warmduscher).
The two-piece band’s debut single ‘The Sound’ arrives via Speedy Wunderground and there’s a tension, a pushing and pulling as the driving guitar slows down and just as it feels like it’s all about to collapse it speeds up pulling you back into the claustrophobic, albeit hugely compelling soundscape.
It comes with a video which perfectly captures that vibe featuring a nightmarish tube trip. The sound of the underground? Miss Tiny explain: “The song is based around feelings of inner-city claustrophobia. Whether that’s at home, on your way to work, constantly socialising. There’s a certain tone to it all that feels like noise, which I feel like you can either hate or decide to enjoy as a means of running away from your own thoughts.”
Miss Tiny will also play a special single launch show at Third Man London on 28 February with tickets available HERE.
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Originally banded together as What It’s Like To Be A Bat – taking the name of an essay written by American philosopher Thomas Nagel – the pair debuted their new venture at Brixton’s The Windmill back in 2022. Later deciding that their namesake, despite all ideological intentions, was perhaps slightly “too evil sounding”, Miss Tiny (a nickname given to Romans-Hopcraft’s grandmother who passed away during recording) was born. Or rather, re-imagined.
Having spent the best part of a decade orchestrating haphazard jam-sessions, Carey and Romans-Hopcraft would eventually go on to discover a fundamental principle of their own. One which would come to define Miss Tiny, throughout her various forms and guises. “We called it anti-recording,” offers Carey. “Only doing it for the pleasure of doing it”. When fully committing to this practice, the music meticulously followed two courses; refine, or degrade. Perfect the moment, or let it go.
The irony of a seminal producer and critically revered musician banding together out of mutual distaste for recording is not one that’s lost on the two best mates. In fact, they’ll be the first to proudly call it into question – and yet still, these spurts of spontaneity are years worth of trial and error.
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