This is the first single we’ve released since parting company with our old label Columbia at the start of 2010. It’s taken us a while to break from their grizzly clutches as initially they wouldn’t let us have our album back…. but after deciding that it didn’t sound enough like Kei$ha they did…..
Anyway…. the song is called Isles and I suppose it is just a collection of notes and words that fell out of us when whilst practicing in Gateshead. Like lots of places we’ve travelled to, there a strange disconnect between the people and their environment. Despite the simplification of bleak streets and wild youth, the lyrics can maybe convey the yearning subject matter more accurately. People like Seamus Heaney and John Betjeman have definitely been an influence so they are probably important harbingers for us too.
This is the primary release on a new independent label to which we’ve signed. It’s called Dirty Hit and despite the grime-on-the-wall-of-a-sweaty-club name connotations, they happily share our passions for autonomy, honesty and brevity.
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Robert, Michael, Mark and Matt first met in a little greengrocers beneath the hue drenched hills of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Sharing a mutual abandon for David Bowie, dalliance and limes they became a bonded musical quadrilateral in 2008, playing a series of gigs in barns, houses, university lecture theatres, prisms and trains.
After this things fluctuated wildly between recording an album in a school/farmhouse (produced by Michael, mixed by Rich Costey), playing gigs with people like Hockey, Delphic and Noisettes, and falling out with a rather large record label.
Influenced by books as much as music as much as their natural surroundings, Little Comets try to capture bits and pieces from places like Jonathan Safran Foer, Kate Rusby, Joan Miró and attach them to songs. Using bright rhythmic melodies to assuage often dark didactic lyrics, the result is something hopefully as authentic as the intention was originally meant to be.
With a new song (called Isles) released in October, Little Comets will be touring both on their own and with friends Darwin Deez throughout the month, hoping to gather the pace, swiftness and warmth to counteract the burgeoning autumnal shades.
Fri 24 London KOKO Club NME
Sat 25 High Wycombe Academy
Sun 26 Sunderland SPLIT Festival
Fri 1st Liverpool Academy 2
Sat 2nd Manchester Factory
Sun 3rd Newcastle Northumbria Uni
Mon 4th Leeds Cockpit
Tues 5th York Fibbers
Thurs 7th Nottingham Bodega
Fri 8th Cambridge Haymakers
Sat 9th Stoke Sugarmill
Sun 10th Cardiff Arts Institute
Tues 12th Manchester Academy 3 (DD support)
Wed 13th Hull Lamp
Thurs 14th Glasgow King Tuts (DD support)
Sat 23rd Oxford Jericho (DD support)
Sun 24th Norwich Arts Centre (DD support)
Tues 26th London Scala (DD support)
Wed 27th Birmingham Hare & Hounds (DD support)
Thurs 28th Coventry Kasbah (DD support)
Fri 29th Dundee Hustlers
Sat 30th Aberdeen Snafu
Mon 1st Edinburgh Cabaret Voltaire
Wed 3rd London Luminaire
Thurs 4th Southampton Joiners
Fri 5th Sheffield Boardwalk