Live Review: Little Comets and General Fiasco at London Borderline – 7th February 2012

By on Thursday, 23rd February 2012 at 2:00 pm

The HMV Next Big Thing Festival has been going on for a few years now and has slowly grown into one of the most reputable places to see some incredible acts before they break the big time. Last year, TGTF were lucky enough to see the likes of Young the Giant and Kill it Kid playing support slots at the Barfly. This time last year, James Blake played tonight’s 300-capacity venue just a few days before the release of his debut album (read the review here).

Tonight sees Dirty Hit put on a showcase of Little Comets and General Fiasco. With both acts capable of filling the place twice over (or three times for Little Comets), the Borderline fills as everyone clambers in from the cold for an intimate show. From the off, for General Fiasco this isn’t going to be the case. Of course the slow tracks feature once or twice in their 45-minute set, but it’s the likes of ‘Ever So Shy’ and new track and single ‘Don’t You Ever’ (previous Video of the Moment here) that steal the show. Opening with ‘Gold Chains’ (new and still possibly in need of a little work), ‘We Are the Foolish’ and ‘Waves’ (previous Video of the Moment here, In the Post feature here) get their party going. They’re in good spirits, if in warm-up mode for their upcoming tour. Closing their set with ‘The Bottom’ followed by ‘The Age You Start Losing Friends’ really showcases what’s possible for this band in the future. The slow build of ‘The Bottom’ climaxes in atmospheric Arcade Fire style whilst ‘The Age…’ is a bona-fide underground hit.  Their second album’s slowly taking shape now, and if it continues in this direction, they can’t do any wrong.

The last time TGTF saw Little Comets (in October 2011), they struggled for purpose as their collection of songs to date somehow just sounds better in a big field. Sadly, the same can be said tonight, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Playing three tracks from their ‘Worry’ EP, (title track as Previous Video of the Moment here) makes things seem a bit fresher, even if the crowd aren’t completely on board. As ever though, ‘Joanna’ and ‘Isles’ bring about summertime sing-alongs and closing with ‘Dancing Song’ really brings about a fantastic atmosphere, but after just nine songs, it’s over. No encore, little in the way of new music; if anything, it’s the last part of ‘In Search Of…’‘s glory lap. Soon, a whole host of summer-ready songs will premiere, but for now, it’s been a pleasant, if not hugely ambitious wind-down. The Dirty Hit showcase has really displayed some style, but it’s General Fiasco that are the ones to watch at the end of the night.

More photos from the show are here.

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