Little Red Lung: Slightly Gothic, Slightly Victorian, Slightly Cabaret
Months ago, the members of Little Red Lung made the long drive from L.A. to the woods of Felton, north of Santa Cruz. They met with photographer Sarah Sitkin in the middle of the night in a little cabin hidden deep in the woods, using their cellphones as makeshift flashlights, to shoot photos for what would become the cover for their self-titled EP.
Sarah Sitkin for Little Red Lung
The cover (pictured above) shows the band members wearing costumes created by Sitkin. It's an excellent visual description of the group's sound: Slightly gothic, slightly Victorian and reminiscent of cabaret. Think of Tori Amos jamming with The Dresden Dolls and Florence & The Machine and you're on the right track.
Little Red Lung began in 2009 when singer Zoe-Ruth Erwin left L.A. for eastern Tennessee to work on her photography. She wrote, recorded and released her debut album, Get on the Boat, in the fall of 2010 while still in Knoxville. The album was a collection of haunting, beautiful melodies filled with piano, strings and many layers of Erwin's voice.
She returned to L.A. the following April and added guitarist Ali Nikou, bassist Rob Hume and drummer Nathan Kondor to her roster shortly thereafter. "The timing worked out," recalls Hume. "The stuff she brought back with her was really inspiring, and it brought us all together."
A still from the band's debut video for "50 Fingers"
The songs on their self-titled EP, released in March, were already written and recorded upon Erwin's return, but the group decided to restructure them after Little Red Lung evolved from Erwin's personal project to a full band.