Little Comets at Electric Ballroom
Little Comets have been sitting just outside the big time for a while now. With two well-received albums under their belt, the “kitchen sink indie” band from Newcastle have racked up a huge following – evident by the multitude of rowdy teenage fans at Camden’s Electric Ballroom for their sell-out London performance.
Opening with A Little Opus, Little Comets start as they mean to go on with melodic, sweet sounding indie, complete with twiddling guitar and cooing backing vocals. Their calypso feel is reminiscent of early Vampire Weekend mixed with noughties favourites The Kooks. Violence Out Tonight follows, its hard-hitting lyrics seemingly at odds with it’s reggae style drop beat, but somehow it works. Worry and Dancing Song get the seal of approval from the excitable audience; it’s no wonder given the seamless indie production. All perfect indie disco fodder.
Lead singer Robert Coles is the band’s main attraction. His voice has an absorbing tone, reaching all manner of high notes and cutting across the noise of a beer-addled crowd with aplomb. But Coles’ and the rest of the Comets’ talent really flourishes when they deviate from the well-trodden indie track. The Western Boy has a poundingly decent beat to it, and the combination of atmospheric drums and Coles’ Sting-like vocals in In Blue Music We Trust works outstandingly live.
Behind the pop-drenched indie lies a band of non-conformists who really do have something new to offer the scene. The fans are already in the palm of their hands (all but dropping to their knees to beg for an encore) and with a little more rebellion against pop-indie, Little Comets have a stellar future ahead.
For further information and future events visit Little Comets’ website here.
Watch the video for Violence Out Tonight here: