Leah Goodwin

Review: Little Comets @ Newcastle’s O2 Academy

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Little Comets

Little Comets took to Newcastle’s O2 Academy stage on Saturday (March 14).

The atmosphere got giddier by the second as local lads Little Comets prepared to enter the stage and celebrate the last stop on their UK tour.

When Jarrow brothers Rob and Mickey Coles and Washington’s Matt Hall arrived, whistles and cheers broke out.

After a humble hello, they wasted no time opening with a new track, The Gift Of Sound, which was wonderfully easy to sing along to, even if it was fresh to your ears, the catchy chorus simply begged to be sung.

The new album, slightly stripped back and at times, was raw in comparison with their previous ones, allowed the delicate harmonies and lyrics to take centre stage.

Many songs are politically influenced, including B&B that opens with a reference to a new-born tax and the lingering effects of Thatcherism in the North East.

Each song led on seamlessly from one to another, it was like someone had put their records on an endless loop. There was little crowd interactions due to the 10pm curfew, fans didn’t seem to mind as everyone was wrapped in a sleepy trance made by lead singer Rob’s dazing, lullaby-like vocals.

Sometimes described as kitchen-sink indie, it’s difficult to think of any other artists that have a similar sound, the middle section of the gig was occupied with more popular tracks from their back catalogue, giving the crowd a more buoyant energy.

Joanna, a personal favourite, was played and I couldn’t help but notice a smile on not just mine but also other gig-goers’ faces. Little Comets write the kind of songs that you can’t help but tap your foot to: distinctive style indie rock-pop with heartfelt and intense lyrics full of clarity.

After well-known singles One Night In October and Dancing Song, the gig came to end with a lesser-known track, In Blue Music We Trust, taken from their second album.

Rob thanked the crowd, telling everyone how much their support means, you could tell how much this gig, their biggest home show to date and last stop of the tour, meant to them all.

It’s upsetting that bands like the Little Comets don’t have more recognition, the charts nowadays are laden with commercial pop, which doesn’t leave much room for good, indie tunes. However, Little Comets undeniably have immeasurable talent and a hard-working attitude. If they keep on making music like this and playing high-class gigs, one day I’m sure the charts will once again be embellished by indie melodies.

Support came from Model Aeroplanes and Newcastle band Lisbon. Little Comets, additionally, have just been announced as the support act for Catfish And The Bottlemen’s 2015 UK tour, which will be hitting Newcastle O2 Academy on March 26.