I came by Little Comets much later than I should have. In fact, it would be fair to say that I only really got into them by chance. A couple of years back, Ste, Andrew & I were looking for an October gig and spotted that Hyde & Beast were playing O2 is 10. We’d seen them in August and loved it, so decided to check them out again. Little Comets were headlining. They turned out to be my highlight of the night. I still only really listened via playlists on Spotify until seeing them at Newcastle University last year. I purchased the vinyl of Worhead at that gig and they’ve slowly but surely expanded in my consciousness and become one of my favourite bands. Not just a band for playlists, but one that I want to own everything by. Chase Park festival last summer secured my love for them and I’ve since gone on to invest in their back catalogue and now have a nice little (comets) collection*.
I went to this gig with my wife, Clare. Ste & Andrew were actually at a different gig a few yards down the road (Gengahr at Think Tank?). Little Comets have become quite the soundtrack in our house, with the kids taking a significant interest too. The words “Alexa, play Little Comets” is a regular shout at Comets Garth*. In fact, we were considering whether to take Lana (my 9-year-old) with us, but decided against it as the balcony seats weren’t open for this gig and I wasn’t convinced she’d enjoy being a little one ina big crowd.
Clare and I went for some food in Coop before the gig, so only caught the last song from The Old Pink House, who opened the night. They sounded decent from what we heard.
Mattie Vant was the main support act. He of VANT fame. Clare and I weren’t familiar with VANT, but lots of the crowd clearly were as they sang along to virtually every word. It’s always great to see a passionate following.
Little Comets took to the stage at about 9pm and proceeded to play an incredible 20 song set. The venue had a 10pm curfew and so the Comets chose not to do an encore and instead strung together an unbroken series of quality tunes.
First up was a slowed down version of Bridge Burn. You can’t start a set in many better places. By the time Common Things kicked off, I’d settled into the gig nicely, enjoying the only song I know to mention de riguer. Next up, my favourite LC track, The Man Who Wrote Thriller. I love this song. Something about the chorus, the key change, the lyrics…awesome. I’ve mentioned before in this blog that I don’t normally pay too much attention to lyrics, but LC join Elbow in one of the few exceptions where I do. The LC handwriting font and lyric scribblings all over their instruments and stage gear helps with the visualisation of the lyrics and draws you into an immersive experience. Maybe, I’m being a bit over the top. I’m certainly enamoured by this band at the moment and I love that feeling when you want to listen to a band or artists music constantly, hungry for more tunes.
Little Italy and A Little Opus maintained the momentum before they played the two new songs. M62 is an instant crowd favourite and feels like it’s been part of the set for years. The Punk Is In The Detail tackles an important issue with a centre-piece statement to stand by; “we are here, deal with it”.
A change of pace followed with Violence Out Tonight. The audience sang along throughout My Boy William. At that point the gig went from great to fantastic.
Adultery. Joanna. Louise. Thank you. You can’t help but love Joanna. This trilogy of tunes was perfect. It seems that in every LC set there’s a point where Robert finds something amusing with one or more of his band mates. This time there were massive beaming smiles from the all during this segment and it was infectious. I sort of captured it (below), but you had to be there. I say it every time, but when a band is enjoying themselves, it takes a gig to another level.
Robert then took to the keys and Matt moved to the front. What followed was a beautiful rendition of a hugely powerful song; The Blur, The Line and The Thickest Of Onions. This came on, in the car the other day when I was bringing my 8-year-old daughter (Erin) back from football. She was curious about the title when scrolling through the CD text disply, but was definitely puzzled when I tried to explain what the song is about. I hope that she doesn’t need to understand this as she grows up.
4 mini classics closed the set; à bientôt, Hunting, One Night In October and Dancing Song. I take a few pictures during gigs, but don’t normally like to get distracted with a video. I couldn’t resist taking a minute of Dancing Song and pinging it to Lana. She loved it!
That was it. Night over and Clare and I left happy and glad that we’d spent an evening with a quality local band. I suspect we’ll be back. A lot more than once.
What a way to end an epic tour. Newcastle, you were unreal, thank you so much for coming out to support to local lads. Until next time… pic.twitter.com/eJ8Nh0T49F
— Little Comets (@littlecomets) 23 April 2018
A couple of years ago I hadn’t heard of @littlecomets & then saw them @o2academynewc at the O2 is ten night. They are now one of my favourite bands and this was the 4th time I’ve had the pleasure of seeing them live. A quality night with @Bluezoomummy #agigamonth2018 pic.twitter.com/EsrLbqZQP4
— Chris Williams (@cwblueroom) 21 April 2018
*Little collection & Comets Garth…as noted in this recently personalised piece of awesomeness available from their website