PREVIEW: Little Comets @ The O2 Academy
By Claire Dupree on October 16, 2012 in Music
It’s been a pretty heady year for Little Comets, from playing festivals across the UK and Europe to being part of Hyde Park’s Olympic celebrations. The Tyneside band return to their roots on Saturday 20 October, with a show at Newcastle’s O2 Academy (in the main room no less) to celebrate the release of their second album, Life Is Elsewhere, released via Dirty Hit on 8 October.
Considering that ‘difficult second album’ is just around the corner, singer Rob Coles is remarkably relaxed about it all. “The process has been a lot more enjoyable this time around, as we’ve done everything our own way. The lyrics and music are still very much written separately so I think that makes it quite distinct in that textures and themes don’t overlap.”
Now that the band are a little more settled – older and wiser you might say, and now with families themselves, it’s safe to say that they’re in a different place musically. “There seems to be quite a bit of space in these recordings – every inch isn’t packed with sound. If we’ve tried to consciously adopt an approach to recording this album, it would be just to leave a song rather than adding and adding.”
New single A Little Opus is a spectacular return to form, yet displays a maturity and depth to the band’s sound – the harmonies are sharper, the chorus soars beautifully and the usually (occasionally overly) meandering guitars are tempered and steady. It’s a genuinely perfect pop single, and I for one can’t wait to hear the album.
Long term fans are in for a treat at their headline Academy show too. “Fans can expect a longer set now we have a second album to take songs from!”. Not only that, but support comes from the prodigious Natasha Haws.
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