Returning from a “sort of LoFi gap year”, Liverpool four-piece Hannah’s Little Sister have made their grand return with a string of ramshackle, manic singles full to the brim with explosive energy and anti-establishment lyricism.
Whether it’s the colourful and in-your-face press shots or the sheer power of their striking and contagious, fearless sonic output - it’s pretty damn hard to ignore ‘em. We caught up with guitarist Ashley Snook to find out what makes Hannah’s Little Sister tick.
Tell us a bit about yourselves and how long you’ve been making music for?
Eyup!! We're one of those unviable music acts that the government has been talking about! We've been making junk-pop for like 3 years together now, but been friends for much longer! We love each other, and love to make music together and that's all you need to know, ALRIGHT?!
At what point in your life did you decide to make a career out of your music, and what influenced that decision?
I still don't think we have really decided that to be honest! It's a difficult time having to navigate a passion for music, keeping yourself alive, and the slow crushing death of late capitalism at the same time. It would be great to be able to solely commit ourselves to the music, but that might seem a long way off especially considering the current circumstances.
What is the main source of influence for your songwriting?
Well I don't write the songs, Meg does! She is an absolute force to be reckoned with, and her songs resonate with us so much. She won't like me saying this but I know she's influenced by the Mario Kart 8 soundtrack for a FACT, keep that one on the hush tho or she will Blue Shell me for crimes against the band.
What is something you’ve learned about yourselves through making music?
Personally, I've found that you have to kinda just do things yourselves. When it comes to creative output and things like that, we find it really important that everything that you see and hear is a product of our own brains and hard work. We're a creative bunch and it just wouldn't be the band that it is without everyone's equally wacky input. I think over time being in this band we've all learnt to be ourselves a little bit more, getting dressed up, being silly and letting loose, and that's just nice innit.
What is something you wish you’d known when you first got into the music industry?
Probably that the prospect of 2020 would burst into flames and the whole world around us would eventually collapse under its own weight, and that our chances of making a living in the industry would be instantly scuppered and considered unviable by a morally bankrupt government of goons and thugs, desperate to claw away any semblance of accountability for their pillaging of our supposedly inalienable rights to peace and equality. Also, don't be afraid to stand up for yourself! Go out there and get what you want!
Who are some of your favourite upcoming artists in Liverpool at the moment?
We're big fans of Callum Crighton and his neon-admiral vibe, and our mega-friend/scandi-star SKIA always manages to whip out something undeniably wicked. Tits Up! are a fantastic (relatively) new addition to the scene, so definitely check them out!!!
What would your dream tour & rider look like?
I think any tour right now would be a dream, but I suppose if we could play with anyone it would be someone absolutely massive like Cher or Paul Potts? How about a UK tour of every single Matalan with Lindsay Lohan's band in Freaky Friday? Not good enough?? OK what about a lizard-themed tour of the Sahara Desert featuring the Insane Clown Posse? Still not going for that? Alright just forget it then.
If your music was to soundtrack any film or TV show, which would you choose?
OK personally I would go with the show "How Its Made" because I love that show and I love to learn how it's all made, 'cause they show you that. It's got that guy Tony Hirst from Hollyoaks back in the day, and now he narrates things like "How It's Made" and UK cop-aganda shows like Road Wars and that. Top show. You must check it out, you must!
Where are you hoping to be as a band in a year’s time?
Anywhere but here!!!
(Photo credit: Beebo Boobin)