If you’re head over heels for music that recalls the neon-lit 1980s, then Little Cub are one of the finest purveyors of noirish electro-pop we’ve heard at Hidden Herd HQ for many a moon.

Politically-charged new single ‘Millennium People’ is the work of a band at the peak of their powers, loaded with Brexit themes, dystopian synths and ‘Blue Monday’-like deadpan vocals that would fit snugly on the soundtrack to Deutschland 83.

Before the sleek South East Londoners play CloseUp Festival 2019 at London’s Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen on Saturday 18th May, we talked to them to get to know them a little better.

How would you describe Little Cub to a stranger?

“Like standing in Berghain whilst someone mumbles misquotations of Marx at you.”

Who are the biggest influences on your sound and why?

“Dadaist degenerate left-wing memes and commentators like Chapo Trap House, pretending to be in the film 24 Hour Party People, Adam Curtis, Talk Talk, Depeche Mode, Robyn, anything Dan Snaith, something wordy and absurd like Roxy Music or John Maus and a ton of pop music. And Stravinsky, but just the hits.”

What was the best gig you’ve played so far?

“Our most recent at Electrowerkz with TVAM was pretty special. We’ve only just got back to playing and after a year of secluded studio time it feels good to be let outside again.”

You’re based in London – what’s your local music scene like?

“Eclectic, allusive, interesting. We definitely sit outside it in a certain sense, but are trying to build something for other like-minded folk.”

Who are the THREE other new artists we should listen to right now and why?

“Boxed In, Georgia and Model Man – they’re all intensely talented and make consistent bangers.”

You’re playing CloseUp Festival 2019 in May – which other bands are you most looking forward to seeing on the day?

“Wyldest. Spinn seem like nice boys.”

And finally, what does the rest of 2019 hold for Little Cub?

“More shows, more releases, more content!!!”