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Live Gig Video: Little Comets’ Robert Coles plays stripped back version of ‘Western Boy’

 
By on Friday, 5th July 2013 at 4:00 pm
 

Little Comets‘ frontman Robert Coles recently recorded this absolutely lovely, emotional, stripped back version of ‘Western Boy’, a song appearing on the band’s sophomore album ‘Life is Elsewhere’, and we’re happy to show it off to all of you. The US release of ‘Life is Elsewhere’ and their first headline tour of America is to follow next month and I, for one, can’t wait!

 

Video of the Moment #1236: Little Comets

 
By on Monday, 24th June 2013 at 6:00 pm
 

The new Little Comets video for ‘Jennifer’ is a true family affair: singer Robert Coles took great pains to write out all the lyrics by hand to the song for this visual, and brother Mickey taught himself how to animate all the frames shot by shot to make this video happen. Watch the fruit of their labours below.

The timing of this video couldn’t have been more splendid: the band recently announced ‘Life is Elsewhere’ will have a stateside release on Nashville’s Dualtone Records in August, and they’re also touring America next month to support the release. Us American writers are very pleased with these developments! In case you missed it, last week we posted this acoustic performance of ‘Woman Woman’; it’s brill.

 

Live Gig Video: Little Comets share their acoustic performance of ‘Woman Woman’

 
By on Friday, 21st June 2013 at 4:00 pm
 

It’s videos like this that make my heart hurt. Those lovable Geordies Little Comets – who this editor has still yet to see live, mind (big sigh) but will get the chance next month in August, when the band come to America for their first proper headliner tour (yes!) – have recorded this acoustic version of ‘Woman Woman’, a track featured on their brilliant current album ‘Life is Elsewhere’, and it’s peerless. Watch this beauty below.

 

Video of the Moment #1120: Little Comets

 
By on Sunday, 10th February 2013 at 10:00 am
 

‘Violence Out Tonight’ is the new video from Little Comets; the song appears on their new album ‘Life is Elsewhere’ released in autumn 2012. Grimmer and heavier than usual Little Comets fare, it’s a good example of the band’s ability to flex their emotional muscles. Watch the video below.

The band will be heading out on a tour of the UK and Ireland in April; they’ve explained they’re gigging in less usual tour stops: “We really wanted to make a concerted effort to play in some cities that we haven’t been to in a while and unfortunately we had to make a few geographical sacrifices.”

Edit 21/03/13: it was revealed this week that Sheffield’s Crookes will be joining Little Comets on the first half of this tour (the 9th of April to the 19th of April); see starred dates below.

Tuesday 9th April 2013 – Nottingham Rescue Rooms*
Wednesday 10th April 2013 – London Shepherds Bush Empire*
Thursday 11th April 2013 – Cambridge Junction*
Saturday 13th April 2013 – Wolverhampton Slade Rooms*
Sunday 14th April 2013 – Oxford Academy*
Monday 15th April 2013 – Bournemouth Old Fire Station*
Tuesday 16th April 2013 – Exeter Phoenix*
Thursday 18th April 2013 – Bristol Academy*
Friday 19th April 2013 – Cardiff Gate Arts Centre*
Saturday 20th April 2013 – Dublin Academy 2
Sunday 21th April 2013 – Belfast Auntie Annie’s
Monday 22th April 2013 – Liverpool Masque
Wednesday 24th April 2013 – Glasgow King Tut’s
Thursday 25th April 2013 – York Fibbers
Friday 26th April 2013 – Preston 53 Degrees
* with the Crookes as support

 

Album Review: Little Comets – Life is Elsewhere

 
By on Monday, 15th October 2012 at 12:00 pm
 

The difficult second album is a cliché used so often in music journalism, I feel almost a little bit naughty/sweaty (delete as appropriate) using it, but for Little Comets and their ‘Life is Elsewhere’, they were always going to have a tough time. Even if they are managed by the legend that is Ugo Ehiogu’s record label.

After the Tyneside indie rock trio hammered down their sound in debut ‘In Search of Elusive Little Comets’, the follow-up was always going to be a case of “Oh, we’re going to run off in a completely juxtaposition direction and play with an orchestra / full country ensemble” or a ‘right, we’ve got a good little thing going on here, let’s carry on with that but just do it a hell of a lot better”. Luckily, it’s the latter route they went down and in doing so, they have managed to create a polished collection of some truly brilliant tunes, dripping with unorthodox song structures and sexy rhythms.

Starting with a burst of cheery poppiness with ‘A Little Opus,’ you’re treated to a burst of sound which wouldn’t sound to out of place on an ’80s sitcom starring Bill Cosby. You get a bit more of that cheeky, cheeriness at the opening of ‘Jennifer’ also, with even a bit of classic dooby-dooby doing. If you’re already sick of cheery, light heartedness and are just dying for something dark and depressing, well, you’re out of luck. Its smiles all the way on the good ship Little Comets.

Ok, so ‘Violence Out Tonight’ doesn’t sound like a massively cheery number, but by song seven, I challenge you to not have a smile on your face because of these boys, despite the song’s rather grim and brutal subject matter. There is also some darkness to them in songs like ‘Waiting in the Shadows of the Dead of Night’ and the rather ‘In Blue Music We Trust’, but the jaunty melodies and bursting percussion more than make up for it with some great samba styling.

The song structure can be described as nothing less than bonkers. The band consisting of Robert Coles on vocals, Michael Coles on guitar, Matt Hall on bass and Greenie on drums seem to have had a look at the big book of the conventions of music and just thought, “nah, not interested”. While ‘Woman Woman’ does replicate some traditional rhythms, even then they throw convention out the window and just go, sod it. No percussion.

The album is a creature which works best when listened to all together, but standout moments can’t go much further than ‘Worry’. With its funky as hell guitars and softly spoken lyrics, it has a surf pop feel without being overdone and sounding like The Beach Boys. Robert Coles’ voice is another strength that has been built on since the last album. It felt like he wasn’t really too well-suited to the style in their first effort; however, now with their style being developed and honed to the perfection on this album, his voice seems to have found its level and even the lyrical content seems more suited to the Tynesider’s vocal range.

Little Comets, in creating ‘Life is Elsewhere’, have transcended the middle of the road indie band tag they gained with their debut release ‘In Search of Elusive Little Comets’ and it seems in their sophomore outing they truly have found what the ‘elusive’ Little Comets are. A band on the rise who are making some fabulous pop music, have a listen, or watch a guy jump from 125,000 feet. It’s your choice…

8/10

‘Life is Elsewhere’, the second album from Little Comets, is out now on Dirty Hit. Watch the video for ‘Worry’ below.

 

Quickfire Questions #33: Robert Coles of Little Comets

 
By on Friday, 10th August 2012 at 11:00 am
 

We asked Robert Coles of Little Comets the TGTF Quickfire Questions; he answered them. I feel a bit bad, I think we caught him off guard at the end (see what I mean below). Their current EP is ‘Jennifer and Other Stories’, and you can catch them on tour in the UK in October and November.

1. What song is your earliest musical memory?
‘Beautiful Boy’ by John Lennon, because my Dad would play it on repeat around the house for me and my brother.

2. What was your favourite song as a child?
‘Moonshadow’ by Cat Stevens although apparently I used to go hyper when ‘Dancing in the Street’ (Martha Reeves and the Vandellas) came on the telly.

3. What song makes you laugh?
‘Peanuts’ by George Dawes on Shooting Stars.

4. What song makes you cry?
It depends, I don’t have a go to “let’s have a cry song” like. The last time I cried properly to a song was on a train home after my Grandma had died – it was a Shins song although I don’t remember which one…

5. What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love? (It’s up to you if you want this to be sweet, naughty, etc.)
Probably ‘Bookends’ by Simon and Garfunkel, because I gave it to Jo to listen to.

6. What song makes you think of being upset / angry? (Example: maybe you heard it when you were angry with someone and it’s still with you, and/or something that calms you down when you’re upset, etc.)
Erm…. nothing springs to mind.

7. Which song (any song written in the last century) do you wish you’d written yourself?
‘Simple Twist of Fate’ by Bob Dylan today.

8. Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Jonathan Safran Foer. [I had to look up who this was; what a small world, he’s from Washington, DC and his mother is the director of the Sixth and I Synagogue, where we’ve seen the xx, the Airborne Toxic Event and Laura Marling – Ed.]

9. If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
Who knows.

10. If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why?
Wow….

 
 
 

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