Combined with a sense of gritty determination and a sound that keeps on growing with maturity, Little Comets have established themselves as one of the freshest acts within British indie music. Their enchanting and inventive live experience has finally received the exposure it deserves. After watching the band’s evolvement from timeless classics such as One Night in October and Adultery, to their classy and mature Life Is Elsewhere, we now see the north east outfit as a fully fledged touring masterclass – at the peak of their excellence.
More or less, our band has pretty much grown up with the colour and taste of Little Comets music surrounding us. Always a pleasure; always an influence. After discovering the elusive Little Comets back in 2008 (after a tip off from a very enthusiastic French teacher), myself and Gaz, in particular, absorbed the wonders of their musical art.
‘I hadn’t heard anything like it before. I think for us as listeners – or fans of music more like – it was a real step up from what we’d been listening to previously.’ Gaz informed me in an incredibly formal interview scenario. (Inside Dixy Chicken – local fast-food restaurant)
‘I was completely submerged by everything they did – I mean, they did everything right! They treat their fans well, they make good music, they share their music, they don’t take themselves too seriously – and they’re entrepreneurs too, so unique and inventive, which is why we’ve listened to them consistently for so long.’
‘It starts off, and we’re having a listen because our teacher told us to – then we’re scrolling up and down their myspace for hours on end, downloading everything they’ve ever produced and watching everything they’ve ever filmed. It was a trend of music – no one has came close to doing what they did.’
Little Comets did do everything right in my eyes - absolutely everything. They emailed you, sending the fans links to download their music, for free of course. In an industry where only the top acts make money through downloading, they instead turned to simply spreading the word of their compellingly addictive music. There was One Night In October, Joanna, Adultery, Lost Time, Friday Don’t Need It – songs that Gaz, myself and the rest of Lisbon could recite in our sleep. Combined with the band’s YouTube marketing intelligence (i.e busking their songs on Metros or in local super markets such as M&S), which gained more pride and support of the region’s best new band, their intelligent music persuaded us to experience a live performance.
2009, o2 Academy, Newcastle. Intrigued by the mass of string, webbed across the stage, supporting instruments and concoctions I’d never dreamt of before, I watched – paralysed by the excellent deliverance of their crowd-pleasing set. Everyone screamed every last ‘Joanna’, and everyone dived into the romanticism that Her Black Eyes provided. Almost 4 years later, that remains the best performance I have ever witnessed.
Just before their discographical career launched, Little Comets further amplified their independence and self-belief by snubbing industry heavyweights Columbia. After the band’s rejection to Columbia’s plea of constructing a more ‘poppy’ end-product, the two parted ways – coinciding with the release of their first record: In Search Of Elusive Little Comets.
Filled to the brim with their remastered, rerecorded classics, alongside more recent expeditions such as Tricolor and Mathilda, their first album offered a colourful and enthusiastic exploration of sound. Every song is a stand out song, each and every one: a favourite. However it is not until the past year that LC have really formulated their finest work.
With the growingly creative Worry E.P, including a personal favourite of mine: Waiting In The Shadows In The Dead Of Night, and their second full album Life is Elsewhere being created recently, the band’s songwriting capability has vastly improved through experience. Yet it is the release of Jennifer and Other Short Stories that really captures my, and Gaz’s attention. The explosive Jennifer is the single release from the E.P. It’s powerful chorus amplifies the beauty of a new-look sound. The spirited choir of voices portray a joyful and playful representation of change. The haunting vocals of Violence Out Tonight, correspond with the dark and deceitful lyrics that shape the song – yet the simplistic, almost cheery acoustic chord progression subvert negative connotations of the composition. This song is the best example of songwriting that Little Comets have to offer – meaningful lyrics are sometimes dismissed within the light-hearted tunes that are associated with the band, but this song demonstrates storytelling at it’s finest. Lastly is a new fan-favourite. A favourite of Gaz, a favourite of Lisbon, and a favourite of our friends. Bridge Burn is possibly the most stripped back, condensed creation from Little Comets to date. Despite being subversive of the densely fruitful music that the band are associated with, this song is a meaningful singalong – it’s catchy echoing chorus plants itself in the head and heart of the listener.
Little Comets are a prime example of determination within the industry. Their sound is legit, and their attitude is captivating. The best north east act for a long time. If you haven’t listened already, now is the time.
LISTEN TO: Bridge burn // Violence Out Tonight // Waiting In The Shadows In The Dead Of Night // A Little Opus // Semaphores On The Lawn // Joanna // Adultery // Lost Time // Bayonne