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Little Comets Interview

We catch up with the north-east indie-rockers at Tramlines. Author: on July 24, 2012
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This weekend, Little Comets played Tramlines Festival in Sheffield city centre – twice! Their scheduled main stage appearance was complemented by a sweaty, packed show in a bar just round the corner. Before their main stage gig, we caught up with the band to ask them about their upcoming album and bursting into university lecture halls.

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BV: I was meant to have a quiet night last night, and then I found out that someone was playing a secret headline gig at the Frog & Parrot. So how did that come about?

Little Comets: We just had an email, saying, “d’you fancy playing a secret headline show?” and we just didn’t get back for ages. And then finally we were just, like, “aye, go on then. Why not!” We used to do quite a lot of house parties, playing in people’s front rooms, so it was like going back to that.

Do you prefer to play in that sort of enclosed environment, or out on an open stage?
“I think… If I had to choose one gig to play for the rest of my life, it’d be the open stage, but that gig last night will be more enjoyable than this afternoon. I couldn’t do it every night; it’d just be too much. Because like, there was so much energy, and I was absolutely knackered at the end. I haven’t been that tired after a gig for ages.

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It was just lovely, kind of, having somebody ten centimetres in front of your face, because when we used to play people’s houses, you had to make your music connect with them. You didn’t have an option. So it was almost like that, feeling that closeness again.”

“There was a fella that was straight out of a house party last night, as well, I think he ended up getting kicked out. He was just sort of stood right in front of Rob and like, kind of doing some funny movements with his arms and it looked from where I was standing as if he was trying to swipe the strings.”

“Because you guys used to burst into lecture halls and that kind of thing, right.”

“Yeah. There was someone at that gig last night who said he first saw us when you burst into my lecture in Sheffield. We nearly got killed, actually, in Sheffield. It was in the Octagon (university union), wasn’t it, we went in and some bloke just turned around and shouted, “GET OUT!” And he kind of marched us out a bit and we were like, “we’re not gonna leave,” and he said he’d get us kicked out of university, and we said, “we don’t even go to this university!” We’ve done it before where… at most universities the security’s non-existent but then a couple have one or two security guards, so people used to stop us and say, “where are you going with the amp and the guitars?” and we were like, “no, don’t worry about it – it’s our friend’s birthday and when he comes out of the lecture we’re gonna… and one day, we went in and played, and when we came out, there was this security guard who’d asked us, and he looked so disappointed, and he said, “you lied to us”… and we were just like, “sorry, it had to be done.”

“So have you guys had a chance to check out the festival?”

“We got in last night, straight into the venue and played. But it’s like SXSW in Texas, but a bit more edgy. I couldn’t believe it when we turned up. It was that sort of danger where, this is either gonna be class, and it’s gonna be a really good night, or someone’s gonna end up dead. But it’s nice because we played a festival on Friday, Truck in Oxfordshire, and that was

in the middle of the countryside, so it’s nice to have that completely different dynamic. That was pretty chilled out, whereas this, by comparison, that street last night was just heaving. Everybody was there for the same thing, to get absolutely smashed and have a really good time.”

“And what about the new album. What’s it sound like? It’s out on August 20th, right?”

“I think it might be a bit later, actually. We’re still on top of it, so it’s difficult to say… you get so into it that you don’t know whether it’s good or bad. It’s nearly done. But we don’t really listen to contemporary music unless we accidentally hear it so we don’t know if it’s just completely shit. We don’t think it sounds anything like… it doesn’t sound like the first album. It’s definitely more mature than the first album, because a lot of the music we’ve listened to over the last few years is far more relaxed, like Fleetwood Mac – Rumors, so I think we’ve learned that you can have confidence in your song and you don’t need to just put sound after sound… the only thing we’ve consciously done, I think, is try to make it less busy than the first album. It’s probably a bit slower and a bit more thoughtful. (“It doesn’t sound like, Rumors, right?”) You know, if it did, that’d be amazing, haha.”

Little Comets are Robert Coles, Michael Coles and Matt Hall.

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