Live Review: Little Comets at London Garage – 19th October 2011

By on Wednesday, 26th October 2011 at 2:00 pm

Little Comets are riding high at the moment. Having had a strong summer playing their crowd-friendly music to packed tents, this tour can only be described as the warm-down after a hectic year. Tonight brings the indie group to London and rock’s small to mid-sized stomping ground in the form of the Garage. The show’s sold out for ‘one night in October’, which is testament to the dedication of the fans. Little Comets are, as they say, “a long way from home” and to have such an audience after just one album and 300 miles south of home is some feat for the Geordie band.

That said, there’s a problem with tonight. Little Comets aren’t just far from home, they’re far from what you feel is their comfort zone; they are, for all intensive purposes, a festival band. The likes of Two Door Cinema Club, the Vaccines and Mumford and Sons all fall into this category to a certain extent, as they look and feel more in place on outdoor stages in the sunshine. Little Comets, like these groups, are a tight live act, but they can’t match the atmosphere of a warm field, anthemic sing-alongs and a wellie-based dance in a dark venue.

That’s not to say they don’t try. ‘Adultery’ gets everyone started and unlike in the fields of the summer, everyone seems to know the album tracks to heart as even the least popular tracks from their debut ‘In Search Of Elusive Little Comets’ (Mary’s review here) fill the room. Of course, the big cheers are reserved for the singles though. New single ‘Worry’ gets a bit of a bounce going, but back to back ‘Joanna’ and ‘Isles’ turn it into a party. Hearing a singalong of “my heart is calling out for something way, more, EPIC” before the latter’s chorus is nothing but pleasing to the ears and even the band stop to appreciate. A few more album tracks down the line and we’re almost at the end. ‘One Night in October’ sets up ‘Dancing Song’, which in itself proves that maybe, just maybe, with another album under their belts, Little Comets can break out of the fields and maybe to bigger venues.

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