Trying to classify Little Tybee is like trying to nail jelly to a wall – you’ll be at it all day and you’ll never be quite happy with the result.
This eclectic collective (there’s a sliding scale of members, from 5 to 10) augments their already unique songwriting with a quirky mix of instruments – we’ve got slide guitars, violins, regular folksy acoustic guitars, piano and more. I’m writing this post largely on the transcendent and trippy Passion Seekers, which showcases Little Tybee’s experimental style perfectly. It’s included in the Soundcloud boxout below for your listening pleasure.
According to the band’s bio, their core line up is:
The core of each of their songs begins in the relentless and creative mind of vocalist/guitarist/pianist Brock Scott. The songs mature through the dedicated musicianship of 8-string guitarist Josh Martin, violinist Nirvana Kelly, bassist Ryan Donald, and percussionist Pat Brooks.
Like most bands who play with experimental sounds, Little Tybee won’t be to everyone’s taste. However, if you submit to the richness of their music, you may just find some unusual textures and tunes that you might have otherwise missed. I’m off to play Passion Seekers for the fourteenth time…
If you want to find out more about Little Tybee, check out their artist page on Paper Garden Records. The band themselves hail from Atlanta, Georgia, but their name comes from “a tiny island off the coast of their native Georgia, where legend has it, an undetonated atomic bomb from the 1950s lies missing“. And their music was featured in the finale of MTV’s Skins. If you want to see them in action, here’s a live vid: