North East favourites Little Comets are playing their biggest headline tour to date. Katy Wheeler caught up with the trio of shooting stars.
THIS weekend indie rock trio Little Comets hope to perform an out-of-this-world gig at a something of a dream venue for the band.
After years spent playing university venues and bars, they are playing their biggest tour so far with a date at Newcastle’s O2 Academy on Saturday.
“We’ve always wanted to play there and finally it’s here,” explained bass player Matt, a former Biddick Comprehensive pupil. “It’s always great to come home.”
It’s set to be a jewel in the crown for the band whose gig venues are getting bigger by the year.
“Last year we toured with Gomez and played at the Roundhouse in London, which was incredible,” says Matt who is one third of the band alongside Jarrow-born brothers Rob and Michael Coles.
“We’ve also played Shepherd’s Bush Empire which we loved, there’s so much history attached to it. I think it gets to a certain point with London audiences where they just give in and enjoy themselves.
“In the early days London audiences can be quite hard to please because they are almost spoilt for choice with gigs. When we first started playing there they were quite stand-offish, but we just took it on and said ‘you know, what this is us, you either love us, or you don’t.”
The band are hoping for a warm reception this weekend when they play tracks from their new, and second, album, Life is Elsewhere.
Matt said: “It’s quite far away from the first album. The songs are a lot more mature. It’s a bit 80s, but we think people will be pleasantly surprised.
“Though it’s a bit different for us, there’s still hints of the first album.
“Some of the songs we’ve jammed with for a couple of years, but just bits of them – ideas, a loop or chords – but we brought them all together in the studio for the album.
“Some of the other songs were solely written by Micky and Rob in Birmingham and recorded down there.”
He added: “As part of this tour we’re playing venues we’ve never been to before and ones we know inside out. It’s really fun being back on the road. Hopefully next year we’ll have gigs even further afield.”
Little Comets play Newcastle’s O2 Academy on Saturday. Tickets are £11 and are available from the band’s website: www.littlecomets.com.
Life is Elsewhere was released this week and is available from iTunes and HMV.