Teeny Tiny Stevies are coming to Freo.Social as part of their ‘Big Spaces’ tour. Just who are they and why should you be paying attention? Around The Sound has all the answers you need.
Teeny Tiny Stevies are a bit different to most other kids’ bands.
The Little Stevies are a Melbourne folk outfit comprising sisters Sibylla and Bethany Stephen. Over the years they have toured internationally, recorded three albums and built themselves a reputation as a must-see live act.
Staples of the international festival circuit, The Little Stevies had to re-think their careers when children started to become part of their lives.
That’s when the Teeny Tiny Stevies were (ahem) born.
“The first (Teeny Tiny Stevies) album really came about because going overseas and doing festivals for six months of the year the wasn’t viable for us anymore,” said one half of the Teeny Tiny Stevies, Byll Stephen. “We still wanted to be musicians, so we had to diversify.”
Diversification meant writing children’s music, which came about rather by accident (apologies) when Byll was toilet training her son. “The first song we came up with was ‘On The Toliet’,” Byll continued. “I was toilet training my son at the time, or trying to. Instinctively, whenever I need to do something like that with one of my kids, I always reach out for something we can watch together or read together. I went to look for some books on it and they were limited. There were some really bad songs online, so we came up with ‘On The Toilet’.”
That was about three years ago and, since that time, the Teeny Tiny Stevies have grown up (last time, I promise) into one of Australia’s best known and loved children’s bands. In fact, they’re known as every parent’s favourite kids’ band, and there’s good reason for the moniker.
You see, the Teeny Tiny Stevies are a bit different to most other kids’ bands. They don’t wear costumes for one thing. Byll tells the story of running across a festival paddock to get to their first show because they were late and, as a consequence, “I didn’t get to wear those special colourful sneakers that I bought. So, we decided, ‘Let’s be different.’ So, we don’t get dressed up in costumes, that’s our point of difference.”
There is another point of difference.
“Sometimes there’s this tendency to be a little bit over the top, maybe even a little bit condescending to small children, especially when it comes to music,” said Byll. “I think kids just like music, so we decided not to overcomplicate anything when we started to do our kids’ music project three years ago. The music stays the same but we write lyrics that kids understand.”
Hence, there’s plenty for parents to like in the Teeny Tiny Stevies as well, because the nucleus of that internationally successful band remains intact, even though the lyrical content may have shifted.
“There’s no difference, apart from lyrically, said Byll. “For us, when it comes to lyrics, we get to use a different song writing muscle, we get to write to a theme, but musically, it’s the same. I don’t want to put out any song that I don’t think sounds good.”
The Teeny Tiny Stevies are currently touring Australia on their ‘Teeny Tiny Stevies in Big Spaces’ tour, which brings them to Freo.Social on Sunday 1 March, for a 10.00 am show. Yes, 10.00am!
Speaking about the tour, Byll said, “When we can, we do tend to try to play in those venues, because that feels really natural to us. We do have a band, still, that’s not a kids’ band, and really it’s all just music, isn’t it? When we get the opportunity to play a great venue like Freo.Social, then we’ll play there. As long as it doesn’t have sticky floors, you don’t want toddlers crawling around in that.”
Yes, it’s all just music and the Teeny Tiny Stevies will delight fans both young, old and every age in between. And, Freo.Social is the perfect venue, plenty of space for the grown ups and no worries about letting your toddlers roam free.
What better way to spend a Sunday morning?
More information and tickets here.