Little Comets have played every kind of venue. From the barely standing small-town pubs in front of a handful of people to university lecture halls, there is not one kind of place where they have not graced their musical presence. The Tyne and Wear trio even played a gig whilst completing the Great North Run last September, raising money for organ donation charity Cardiomyopathy UK, in the process. Tonight, caved in amongst the grandeur of the slowly decaying Koko, Little Comets play an effortless set, leaving no room for an encore.
The charm that has kept Little Comets firmly tucked into the seams of the indie rock world since 2011 rung throughout the tiers of the towering venue. With a lengthy discography spanning four albums, the 80-minute set had a snippet from all corners of their material. Commencing with ‘Worhead’, it was only two minutes into the show before an electrifying guitar solo brightened up the room. Followed on by the jazzy guitar breaks that accompany ‘Worry’, it became evident that Little Comets knew exactly how to calmly dominate.
Despite on record many of their songs carrying an ongoing familiarity, in a live setting, these songs take on a completely different form. The band encompassing a variety of performance styles into their set. From reminisces of surfer rock to what can only be described as ‘bouncy’ indie rock.
‘Effetism’ from their chart-succeeding 2014 album ‘Hope is Just a State of Mind’ took on a more robust persona. Surprising to all those familiar with its usually light and airy form, it became echoed out by a mass of electric guitars. 2012’s ‘Bayonne’ usual echoing sound was encouraged by a slightly quicker pace and more uplifting feel. ‘Adultery’ welcomed a very different response, as a small collective of the crowd began to mosh jubilantly to its rhymtic chorus.
Like any good live set, there was an emotional comedown as the finale approached. ‘Woman Woman’ saw lead singer Robert Coles play solo, strumming his electric guitar as if it was an acoustic guitar. The obvious closer ‘Dancing Song’ created a frenzy before Little Comets calmly waltzed off stage.
A band that have always been and will continue to be the unassuming indie rock band of the North East played the way they have for years. A way in which impresses everyone who witnesses it. No gimmicks, no pyro, just feel-good music from start to finish.
Words by Hayley Millross