Let’s talk. Addiction and mental health are no laughing matter, but a positive perspective and healthy sense of fun are two of the keys to overcoming the tortuous spiral they can catch you in. Amie Gislason on Vancouver trio Little Sprout was frank with an interviewer about her experience with addiction and substance abuse recently, and how it informed the music of Little Sprout’s debut, 5-song self-titled release.
Balancing weighty, introspective lyrics (some of which were written during Gislason’s addiction, some inspired by it) with angular guitar riffs and light-as-air, melodies Little Sprout isn’t afraid to make art out of personal experience. Gislason, drummer/keyboardist Sean Gordon and bassist Reese Patterson are all visual artists, too, which would explain the penchant for brightly coloured, pop culture referencing art they employ. It’s not about downplaying or diminishing the seriousness of the themes and subject matter Gislason writes about; it’s all about approaching it from an honest frame of mind. Whether singing about an alien boyfriend or vomit on the carpet and drunk mothers, Little Sprout’s sound and vision complements the blend of fantasy and realism in their work.