Little Man Tate was a four-piece indie band from Sheffield, England and formed in 2005. They broke up in 2009. The band quickly began attracting interest from several record labels and in March 2006 signed to V2 Records, later parting ways in November 2007. Their fifth single, Sexy In Latin was released on January 22 and became their highest charting single yet, entering the official UK singles chart at number 20.
The band made extensive use of the Internet to gather a fanbase, which may be in part responsible for their relatively rapid rise, with only twelve months having passed from formation to their signing with the V2 record label. Like many other up and coming bands they made extensive use of MySpace as well as their own forum to communicate with and co-ordinate fans.
In recognition of their online community's role in their success, the band gave forum members priority booking tickets for their 2006 Christmas show at the Sheffield Boardwalk.
Jon Windle and Edward 'Maz' Marriot were in several bands together since the age of 15 in Sheffield then went on to form Little Man Tate.
In an interview, Jon Windle revealed the name Little Man Tate came when he was on the phone to bass player Ben Surtees and was thinking of a band name. He saw the film Little Man Tate advertised in the television listing, and they settled on that name from there on.
Their first single, The Agent, was released on 7" with Just Can't Take It as the B-side. All 1,800 copies sold out as pre-orders. The song got rated 9/10 by Teletext's Planet Sound.
Both The Agent and What? What You Got? were released under the band's own label, Yellow Van Records, a tribute to their old yellow van which was stolen along with all their equipment at an early gig at Fibbers (Barfly) in York.
In April 2006 the band played a hometown, sellout gig at the Plug venue in Sheffield. Following this, they completed sell out gigs at London, Leeds and York amongst others. In June 2006, Little Man Tate played their first festival at the Middlesbrough Music Live in Middlesbrough, UK. The band have also featured in such magazines as Rolling Stone, NME, Sandman, Q, Radio Coma amongst other leading magazines. As well as being featured heavily on radio stations such as Revolution in Manchester and Manx Radio in Isle of Man. Also in August 2006, Little Man Tate played the Reading and Leeds festivals on the Carling Stage to great acclaim.
The Agent was shown to be No 6. in Planet Sound's top 50 singles of 2006. They also signed autographs and played acoustic sets at several HMV stores around the UK.
On August 4 2007, they played to a packed crowd at Sheffield's The Plug, where all profits during the night went towards the South Yorkshire Flood Support Appeal helping families who lost their homes during the 2007 Yorkshire floods.
The band played the Main Stage of the Reading and Leeds festivals in 2007. Jon and Maz told in an interview at the Festival that they want to be "the best band in the world."
Again for the fans for a Christmas treat Little Man Tate played a gig at the Empress Ballroom in Blackpool on Saturday 15 December 2007. This was seen to be a pilgrimage for the cult fan base to attend. Another Christmas treat was them giving out their new song to the fans at the Blackpool gig, and it was available to download on Christmas Day for everyone else.
The band was due to play at the Oxygen and T in the Park festivals on the 12th and 13th of July respectfully, however lead singer Jon windle was attacked outside a nightclub in Brighton and had his jaw fractured. As a result the band could not play.
After an Invitation from BBC Look North, Little Man Tate were pleased to announce that they have written the title music to the BBC Yorkshire Sports Awards 2008 that are held on the 8th December. The track is called, ‘I Am Alive’ and is to be released on March 23 2009.
On July 13th 2009, Little Man Tate announced their decision to split after 4 years, performing one final show at the O2 Academy in Sheffield on the 3rd October 2009. After the original date sold out a second gig was added on the 2nd October.