Nov 2 2011 by Michael Pringle, Airdrie & Coatbridge
THREE years ago, Little Man Tate were playing sell-out shows and major music festivals up and down the United Kingdom and Europe, then, incredibly, the Sheffield indie-rock band called it a day.
Since then former frontman Jon Windle has set out on a solo career and he will be making his way to Scotland for three shows this week.
Jon took the time to speak to the Advertiser this week about the demise of LMT and his hopes for his own future.
He said: “The break up of Little Man Tate was completely amicable.
“We felt that we had taken the group as far as we could and we all wanted to go out at the top.”
The 29-year-old admitted that at that point he didn’t really have the desire to continue in the music business.
Jon added: “I just decided that I was going to get out, there were a lot of things in the industry that I didn’t like.
“Eventually, I went into the studio with my mate Andy and we recorded some material and decided to release it as an album – Step Out the Man, and it did reasonably well.
“It was a small release on a small budget but I’m really going to be pushing the new album.”
Jon’s second album is due for release early next year and when he plays live with a full band former LMT drummer Dan Fields supplies the driving beats.
The forthcoming Scottish dates will be solo acoustic affairs and Jon is looking forward to playing to crowds north of the border once more.
He continued: “I’m trying to carve out a niche for myself.
“However, there will still be a few Little Man Tate songs in the shows as I don’t want to alienate fans of the band.
“They will be intimate venues and I’ll be able to talk a bit between songs and throw in a few anecdotes.
“The crowds were always fantastic in Scotland during, and even before and after, the gigs with Little Man Tate.”
Little Man Tate played T in the Park in 2007 and were due to return the following year until Jon was the victim of an unprovoked assault in Brighton when he sustained a broken jaw and they had to pull out of the appearance.
He’s now looking forward to making his own mark as a solo artist.
Jon continued: “With a bit of luck the second album will be a success, I maybe didn’t appreciate Little Man Tate’s success enough at the time.
“I know I’ve no divine right to succeed as a solo artist but I’ve started again and I’m hoping that people will recognise me as a credible songwriter in my own right.”
Away from music, Jon is a keen Sheffield Wednesday fan and enjoys playing the beautiful game as well.
He remembers taking part in a match in this area several years ago when Little Man Tate took on the staff at XFM Scotland.
One presenter definitely won’t forget Little Man Tate in a hurry, as Jon explained: “Our sound man hadn’t played football before and was completely hopeless and he went into a challenge and broke Dominik Diamond’s ankle.”
Jon Windle will play The Attic in Bathgate on Friday, November 4, and Flat 0/1 in Glasgow’s Bath Street on Saturday, November 5.