The Little Ones (band)

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The Little Ones
Origin Los Angeles, California, United States (US)
Genres Indie pop, Indie rock
Years active 2006-present
Labels Chop Shop, Heavenly, Branches Recording Collective
Associated acts Sunday's Best
Members Edward Nolan Reyes - Guitar, Vocals
Brian Reyes - Bass, Keys, Vocals
Ian Moreno - Guitar, Percussion
Lee LaDouceur - Keys, Bass, Vocals
Kevin Lenhart -Drums
Ryan Wilson - Multi-Instrumentalist

The Little Ones is an indie pop band based in Los Angeles, California. The music of the band, which features tambourines and handclaps, has garnered comparisons to 1960s pop bands such as The Beach Boys, The Zombies, The Kinks, modern-day pop group The Shins,[1] and the Elephant Six collective.


Before Ed Reyes and Ian Moreno formed The Little Ones, they were members of an indie rock band called Sunday's Best. Reyes explained in an interview for the South by Southwest (SXSW) arts festival that "We’re always the underdogs. We’re not hired guns; we’re all friends and that keeps us dynamic. We’re always having fun!"[2] The following is taken from the "Biography" section of The Little Ones Facebook fan page:

Our friend Moses tells us about The Little Ones’ journey out of the land of White Noise...The Little Ones finally left the land of White Noise and set sail to bring good cheer to others everywhere. Uncle Lee’s Rule of Feet proved to be too infectious and the boys wanted to spread the word to everyone across the land. They crisscrossed many roads to find that there were others who wanted to experience ‘The Rule’. The Little Ones gave it all they got. Some were against it; some were for it. In the end, The Little Ones discovered that everyone possessed their own ‘Rule of Feet’. They discovered that ‘The Rule’ appeared in many flavors, shapes, and sizes. Their ‘Rule’ became ordinary. They journeyed along the pacific coast and found a stretch of shore draped in black sand. There they set up camp and walked across its unique seascape. With every step, the grain embraced their toes and the shore welcomed them as it pushed and pulled. The water drew close; sand, water, and feet became one. A touch of mid day sun broke from the sky and they found a rhythm from the morning tide. So delighted, they started assembling new songs that would encapsulate their recent findings.[3]

The band was initially signed to Astralwerks Records and released one EP on that label, entitled Sing Song (EP). In 2006, Matt Costa invited the band to open for him at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City, US, and the band experienced a subsequent increase in popularity.[citation needed] Shortly after releasing a new single, "Ordinary Song", early in 2008, the Littles Ones lost its recording contract and were forced to postpone the release of its debut album. Instead, an EP, entitled Terry Tales & Fallen Gates, was released on Branches Recording Collective, a label created by the band.

On July 28, 2008, The Little Ones released its debut full-length album, Morning Tide, on Heavenly Recordings, a United Kingdom (UK) record label—this was preceded by the release of a single of the same name in the week previous. The Morning Tide album was met with less-than-favorable reviews, and received a 60% from Metacritic.[citation needed]

The band released two singles as free downloads "Argonauts" and "Forro" on November 6, 2012 and January 21, 2013, respectively; the releases were promoted on both the band's website and Facebook fan page.[4][5][6] "Argonauts" is the first single release from the band's second album The Dawn Sang Along and an album launch was held on February 8, 2013 at the Echo venue in Los Angeles, California, U.S.[7]

A music video for "Argonauts", directed by Lee LaDouceur and edited by Derek Lieu, was published on the Internet on February 1, 2013.[8] The song appears in a 2013 Citibank advertisement for one of the corporation's apps.[9][10]


A review of the Little Ones' style was published in the UK's Guardian newspaper, with the journalist stating that "The Little Ones are capable of freakishly infectious guitar pop. Elsewhere, they sound like twee US indie kids doing karaoke versions of Magic Numbers tunes".[11] Following the release of the band's second album, bassist Brian Reyes revealed, "We love pop, the way 60s songs were crafted: there’s a hook, vocal layerings, harmonies."[2]


The Little Ones supported popular British rock act, Kaiser Chiefs, on a UK arena tour, together with We Are Scientists, during late 2007.[citation needed]

The band appeared at the SXSW arts festival, held annually in Austin, Texas, US, in both 2008 and 2013.[2] Following the 2008 performance, the British music publication NME published an article entitled "The Little Ones encourage 'smoking the ganja' at SXSW" after it was reported that Ed Reyes has stated to the audience, "I smell ganja and we encourage that. Light them up."[12] In 2013, the band played two sets: A "Deli Radio Showcase" and a "SXSW Official Showcase".[13]


Seattle, Washington, US radio station, KEXP, a member of the NPR media organization, featured "Oh, MJ!" as its "song of the day"[14] on November 28, 2006 and the band played the song live on KEXP prior to October 2007.[15][16] Kevin Cole, writing for KEXP, then selected the Sing Song EP in a list of the eleven best debut albums of 2006. Cole described the band and the EP in the following manner: "This L.A. band makes its debut with a charming, sunny indie-pop EP, which combines pulsing rhythms with strong melodies in ways that recall Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, but with less of an obvious Talking Heads influence and a bit more Shins-style jangle."[17]

In 2005, NPR's John Richards featured the song "Lovers Who Uncover" as its "song of the day", explaining that it "skillfully combines handclaps with fists-in-the-air chanting". Richards further stated, "If there's ever a textbook on writing foot-tapping, hand-clapping pop songs, these guys should write the introduction."[18]

Media appearances[edit]

  • Live performance on KEXP on July 29, 2006,[14]
  • Appeared as the "Super Music Friends Show Musical Guest" on the Nickelodeon children's show, Yo Gabba Gabba! (episode "Dress-Up", aired on October 16, 2009)—the band played a song entitled "Let's Dress Up".[citation needed]


Studio albums[edit]

  • Morning Tide (UK release date: July 28, 2008)
  • The Dawn Sang Along (US release date: February 8, 2013)



  • "Lovers Who Uncover" (Nov 13, 2006 UK - EMI) 7", limited edition of 1000, featuring "Lovers Who Uncover" and "Cha Cha Cha".
  • "Lovers Who Uncover/Oh, MJ!" (remixes) (Feb 12, 2007 UK - Heavenly) 12" Promo featuring the title tracks and remixes by Stereolab, Zongamin, and Crystal Castles.
  • "Oh, MJ!" (Jan 29, 2007 UK - Heavenly) CD, featuring "Oh, MJ!" and "High On A Hill", UK Singles Chart No. 100 (physical sales only - No. 29).
  • "Lovers Who Uncover" (May 28, 2007) - re-release UK Singles Chart No. 133 (9/6/2007)
  • "Ordinary Song" (Jan 21, 2008 UK - Heavenly) CD and 2 X 7", featuring "Boracay" and "A-O (There's A Sun)" UK Singles Chart No. 98 (27/1/08)
  • "Morning Tide" (July 21, 2008- Heavenly)- Digital Download and 7" also featuring "I Don't Want To Dance"
  • "Argonauts (November 6, 2012)[4]
  • "Forro" (January 21, 2013)[6]


  1. ^ Jennifer Kelly (7 September 2006). "Now Hear This! The Little Ones". PopMatters. Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "The Little Ones". SX Schedule. SXSW Inc. March 2013. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
  3. ^ The Little Ones (July 2012). "About". The Little Ones. Facebook. Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "THE LITTLE ONES – "THE DAWN SANG ALONG"". We Are The Little Ones. The Little Ones. 6 November 2012. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "**Friday Free Download Time**". The Little Ones on Facebook. Facebook. 25 January 2013. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "**FREE DOWNLOAD YA'LL**". The Little Ones on Facebook. Facebook. 21 January 2013. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  7. ^ "THE LITTLE ONES "THE DAWN SANG ALONG" RECORD RELEASE SHOW". We Are The Little Ones. The Little Ones. 21 January 2013. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  8. ^ lilmosesonez (1 February 2013). "The Little Ones - "Argonauts"" (Video upload). YouTube. Google, Inc. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  9. ^ Washed Up Emo (9 May 2013). "Love hearing @thelittleones on the Citi TV commercials. A little piece of emo history made it through to the masses. Such a good band". Washed Up Emo on Twitter. Twitter. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  10. ^ "Have you heard "Argonauts" on TV lately?". The Little Ones. The Little Ones. 14 May 2013. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  11. ^ Paul Lester (4 December 2006). "No 1: The Little Ones". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  12. ^ "The Little Ones encourage 'smoking the ganja' at SXSW". NME. IPC Media Entertainment Network. 15 March 2008. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
  13. ^ "DEAR AUSTIN, THIS IS WHERE WE'LL BE AT THESE DAY AND TIMES. THANK YOU". We Are The Little Ones. The Little Ones. 14 March 2013. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
  14. ^ a b Andrew Corey (28 November 2006). "Song of the Day – The Little Ones". KEXP. KEXP. Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  15. ^ "Oh, MJ! on Live at KEXP by Little Ones". KEXPlorer. KEXP. February 2013. Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  16. ^ candymildew (17 October 2007). "The Little Ones : Oh MJ! (Betty Boop?!)" (Video upload). YouTube. Google, Inc. Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  17. ^ Kevin Cole (6 December 2006). "KEXP's 10 (Well, 11) Best Debut CDs of 2006". KEXP. NPR. Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  18. ^ John Richards (18 May 2006). "Hands Clap, Then Wave in the Air". NPR. NPR. Retrieved 13 February 2013. 

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