Little Comets at Koko
It’s always special to see the next generation come up through the weeds. That’s exactly what happened last night at Koko in Camden, with Geordie three-piece Little Comets taking to the stage for the pleasure of the packed-out crowd.
Little Comets have a trailblazing sound on record, and no one can accuse them of poor musicianship in the live arena. They’re making their very unique mark on a scene that’s saturated with try-hard alternative sounds. Theirs, however, is fluid, fun and totally recognisable.
Warmed up by the melodic Model Aeroplanes, the fans fill out the venue by 8pm, clearly here for one reason only. Little Comets represent a shift – this isn’t an indie crowd, more the one you’d find at a festival. Everyone’s here, from the teenager who’s had a few too many beers, to the diehard fans who’ve been loyal since the beginning.
Imaginative lighting makes the simple staging shine, and Koko’s high ceilings do wonders for the acoustics. As you grow out of wanting to experience ear-splittingly loud gigs, it’s remarkably pleasant and somewhat surprising to actually be able to make out all the lyrics. As they blast out brilliant song after song, Little Comets are utterly at one with the experience – a hallmark of a band that wants to leave a lasting impression, who will keep their heads screwed on at the same time. My Boy William is lilting and honest, with the crowd swaying along, while Waiting in the Shadows in the Dead of Night is met with a roar.
There are moments of exquisiteness in Robert Cole’s voice, though when he speaks it’s so fast it’s almost unintelligible. It might be excitement, though the band seems utterly unphased by the crowd. There’s very little chit chat onstage – it’s all about the sound, and they’ve totally nailed it. That’s why people are here tonight, to hear what is undoubtedly a new keystone of the indie music scene.
Little Comets warm up as they go along, crescendoing with a crash with the lyrical Bridge Burn and dancey, upbeat Jennifer. Joanna is another highlight, and the band finish without an encore. They may not yet think they’re deserving of one, but by the looks on the fans’ faces as they wander out of the venue, they’ll be up on stage for a long time to come – going to show just what homegrown British talent can be.
Photos: Melissa Harper
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