Little Red (band)

Little Red were an Australian pop and rock band formed in 2005 by Adrian Beltrame on guitar, keyboard and vocals, Dominic Byrne on guitar and vocals, Quang Dinh on bass guitar and vocals, Tom Hartney on harmonica, keyboard and vocals, and Taka Honda on drums. They issued two albums, Listen to Little Red (28 June 2008) and Midnight Remember (September 2010). The second album peaked at No. 5 on the ARIA Albums Chart. It provided their highest-charting single, "Rock It" (June 2010), which reached the top 20 on the ARIA Singles Chart. At the EG Awards of 2010, they won Best New Talent.[1]

Little Red
A distant shot of five men performing on a stage. The man at extreme left is behind a drum kit and is mostly obscured by the next man. He is singing and playing a guitar. The third man is also singing and plays a bass guitar. The fourth man plays a guitar and sings. The fifth man is behind a keyboard and holds the microphone as he sings.
(L to R): Taka Honda, Adrian Beltrame, Quang Dinh, Dominic Byrne, Tom Hartney
January 2010, Melbourne
Background information
OriginMelbourne, Victoria, Australia
Years active2005–2012
Past members
  • Adrian Beltrame
  • Dominic Byrne
  • Quang Dinh
  • Tom Hartney
  • Taka Honda

The group disbanded in August 2012.


Little Red were formed in 2005 in Melbourne by Adrian Beltrame on guitar, keyboard and vocals, Dominic Byrne on guitar and vocals, Quang Dinh on bass guitar and vocals, Tom Hartney on harmonica, keyboard and vocals, and Taka Honda on drums.[2] They entered the Triple J Unearthed competition.[3] They won the 2008 Australia-wide Garage to V competition held by Virgin Mobile for a slot at all shows of the Australian V Festival in that year,[4] while they also performed at the Falls Festival, Meredith Music Festival, the Big Day Out, the Pyramid Rock Festival and the Laneway Festival.

Little Red's tracks, "Waiting", "Coca-Cola" and "Witch Doctor" received regular play on national youth radio station, Triple J,[5] while "Coca-Cola" was used on the official soundtrack of Australian TV series, Underbelly. It was listed at No. 47 on the Triple J Hottest 100, 2008.[2][6] Their debut five-track extended play, Get Ready!, appeared in April 2008.[2] Australian musicologist, Ian McFarlane, observed, "[they] shone briefly but brightly, playing a sunny, hopelessly romantic brand of retro-pop."[2]

Tom Hartney on keyboard

They independently released their debut album, Listen to Little Red,[2] on 28 June 2008,[7] which debuted at No. 29 on the ARIA Albums Chart.[8][9] It was issued outside Australia by the United Kingdom label, Lucky Number Music[10] on 16 November 2009 and early in 2010 for other markets.

Dominic Byrne, Big Day Out, Sydney, January 2011

Little Red's second album, Midnight Remember, appeared in September 2010, which reached No. 5.[8] McFarlane felt, "it was a more mature recording, eschewing the naivety of the debut for greature depth and texture."[2] It provided a single, "Rock It" (June 2010), which peaked in the top 20,[8] and gained gold accreditation for shipment of 35000 copies.[11]

Taka Honda stands on his bass drum, Quang Dinh in front on his bass guitar.

"Rock It" was listed at No. 2 in Triple J's Hottest 100 of 2010, with the album's second single, "Slow Motion", at 79th position.[2][12] "Rock It" also received the Australian Independent Record (AIR) Award for Best Independent Single/EP.[13] It was used on the soundtrack for the romantic comedy film, No Strings Attached (January 2011).[2] On 21 April 2011 they released a music video for "All Mine", also from Midnight Remember, through Liberation Music.

Little Red disbanded in 2012.[14]



List of studio albums, with release date and selected chart positions shown
Title Album details Peak chart
Listen to Little Red
  • Released: 28 June 2008
  • Label: Hooch Hound/Shock Records
  • Format: CD, digital download
Midnight Remember 5

Extended playsEdit

List of extended plays, with selected details
Title EP details
Get Ready!
  • Released: 28 April 2008
  • Label: Shock Records (LRED01)
  • Format: CD, digital download


List of singles, with year and selected chart positions shown
Title Year Peak chart positions Certification Album
"Waiting" 2007 Get Ready!
"Coca Cola / It's Alright" 2009 Listen to Little Red
"Rock It" 2010 19 Midnight Remember
"Slow Motion"
"All Mine" 2011

Awards and nominationsEdit

AIR AwardsEdit

The Australian Independent Record Awards (commonly known informally as AIR Awards) is an annual awards night to recognise, promote and celebrate the success of Australia's Independent Music sector.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2008[17][18] Listen to Little Red Best Independent Album Nominated
themselves Best New Independent Artist Nominated
2010[18] "Rock It!" Best Independent Single/EP Won
themselves Most Popular Independent Artist Nominated

ARIA Music AwardsEdit

The ARIA Music Awards are a set of annual ceremonies presented by Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA), which recognise excellence, innovation, and achievement across all genres of the music of Australia. They commenced in 1987.

Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref.
2011 Midnight Remember ARIA Award for Best Adult Alternative Album Nominated [19]

EG AwardsEdit

Year Nominee / work Award Result
EG Awards of 2010[20] themselves Best New Talent Won


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  3. ^ "Little Red". Triple J Unearthed. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  4. ^ Garage to V Archived 9 December 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Exclusive: Little Red – New Clip".
  6. ^ "History: Hottest 100 2008". Triple J. Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  7. ^ "Little Red". Myspace.
  8. ^ a b c d e "Discography Little Red". Hung Medien. Retrieved 21 September 2010.
  9. ^ "Little News – Listen to Little Red Live". idiomag. 22 July 2008. Retrieved 12 September 2008.
  10. ^ "Lucky Number Music".
  11. ^ Top 50 Singles Chart Archived 11 May 2012 at the Wayback Machine Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 2010-10-24.
  12. ^ "Hottest 100 – 2010". Triple J. Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  13. ^ "Official Home of Australian Independent Music". Archived from the original on 20 February 2011. Retrieved 17 March 2011., Australian Independent Record Labels Association Ltd (AIR), 2012
  14. ^ "Music Feeds".
  15. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2011 Albums" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 28 December 2021.
  16. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010 (PDF ed.). Mt Martha, Victoria, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. p. 168.
  17. ^ "2008 AIR AWARDS NOMINEES ANNOUNCED". Music NSW. 11 November 2008. Retrieved 19 August 2020.
  18. ^ a b "History Wins". Australian Independent Record Labels Association. Retrieved 18 August 2020.
  19. ^ "2011 ARIA Awards Winners By Year". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Archived from the original on 14 October 2013. Retrieved 4 January 2017.
  20. ^ "The Age EG Awards". Beat Magazine. December 2010. Retrieved 19 August 2020.

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