It may be cold outside, but post-hardcore favorites Little Wars are turning up the volume (and the heat) after some changes made for the new year. Little Wars experienced a fresh perspective by adding new band members and welcoming back Stephanie Mullins, whose note-perfect vocals are tailor made for the emotion driven lyrics . Together with Joshua Austin (guitar/vocals), Mike Robinson (guitar/vocals), Alex Sadler (drums), and Mark Balog (bass), they form a powerful music machine that has audiences jamming and banging to every note.
Even music has to wait. There have been a few bumps in the road for Little Wars. Mullins took an extended hiatus to bring her daughter, Coraline, safely into the world and care for her after a short hospital stay. Austin found himself in serious condition due to complications of a heart problem. So serious, in fact, that he died during surgery and had to be resuscitated. Through it all, Little Wars has remained dedicated to bringing fans the best in contemporary metal music. To Robinson, music is a continual learning endeavor. He stated, “I feel if I know everything about music, I might as well quit. I want to learn something new every day. As I gain more experience, I will keep learning. ” Austin is interested in studio production and staging, which appears effortless to the audience, but is a complicated and precise process.
Things are looking up. At Ohio Metalfest 2013, Little Wars had one of the largest (and most animated) audiences at the event. They premiered a song from the I Swear I’m Trying EP, featuring Spencer Charnas from Ice Nine Kills, at Warped Tour, which became an instant hit. They have been endorsed by Wholehearted Clothing Company and Robert Morrow Designs. The artists will be working with Nick Ingram at Capitol House Studio to record a new EP that will be released later this year. And if that is not enough, Little Wars is developing a concept album, accompanied by a comic book of original story lines that form a backdrop for each track.
New horizons bring new music. Little Wars do not spend much time ruminating over obstacles they have had to overcome. Nor do they intend to rest on past success to advance their career. Instead they have just released “Stories Told in Ink”, the first song that will be on the next album. Lyrics from the song say, “I wrote “Love” on my wrist to remind myself that I have a reason to live and I don’t want to live a lie/I don’t want to fall apart, I’m sick of breaking down/These scars make it hard to forget these demons I can’t drown.” When times are the most difficult, it is essential to remember what you are trying to accomplish, even when a past of pain and heartache threatens to overwhelm you. The music of Little Wars is a testament to conquering adversity, because for these artists…nothing can stop the music.