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Hard work and craftsmanship have been poured into the labour of love that is Lilliput’s first EP, Who Knows Where The Time Goes?

The five-piece Sunderland band have been honing their style for years, playing in various formations, to eventually settle on lilting trademark harmonies.

After banding together more than two-years-ago, vocalist and percussionist Joe Collins, guitarist and vocalist James Gilling, bassist Josh Hawick, drummer Dan Waterston and acoustic guitarist Jonathan Hibbert, have developed a sweet, dreamlike, seven-track offering designed to be listened to in one play.

“We’ve been working on it for the last eight months,” said Joe, who takes the lead role in a video for the first single, Nothing to You.

“And I don’t think people will be expecting it.

“It’s quite a big step for us because we are trying to take it to the next level.

“But we are confident that people will understand what we are trying to do.”

The seven succinct songs, produced by Frankie & The Heartstrings’s label Pop Recs, showcase the band’s talent in turning their hand to a number of styles and ability to pick up a variety of instruments, including ukulele and percussion.

Who Knows Where The Time Goes? Harks back to influences such as The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Coral and Fleet Foxes, to name a few, but doesn’t stick to them, taking heed from every style from Motown to classical music.

“We wanted to approach it with a fresh pallet,” said Joe.

“It is definitely a pop-like sound and less folk than previously, although there is still an acoustic guitar in there. It’s pop in the sense that we went back to our original influences and I think the songs are radio friendly.

“They can stand on their own, but they are written to be played together and when we perform them live, we will be playing them as a set.”

The band, who also include keyboard player Jordan Miller on the EP, have reigned themselves in to create shorter tracks.

“We set out to do that,” said Joe. “We wanted concise songs like The Bees and The Coral.

“It’s been a longer process getting here than any of us imagined, but I think that’s a good thing because we are happy with everything we have come out with.

“We have all got quite ambitious ideas, so I think it is the best time for us to release our EP now.”

* Lilliput will debut Who Knows Where The Time Goes? at a gig in Pop Recs Ltd, Fawcett Street, on Thursday, November 28. Doors open at 6pm

Monica Turnbull