Little Comets are a band AMBY has been keeping an eye on for quite some time. This group always give their ever-growing fanbase plenty of incredible music. Whether that’s their funky guitar riffs, honest vocals or ridiculously addictive bass, Little Comets always deliver. To celebrate the release of their newest single and video Violence Out Tonight, we’re proudly posting our interview with the band. So take a peak at what Little Comets have to say about Life Is Elsewhere, Back to the Future and their live shows!
AMBY: You have recently released your album Life Is Elsewhere, how has the sound of the band evolved?
Little Comets: Ah, I think the writing process altered quite a little on this album. Instead of being written in a rehearsal room with a drummer (and therefore having to keep everything quite structurally simple in order to aid the fluidity of things), most of this album was written in a bedroom with just a couple of guitars – we found we weren’t restrained by having to explain chord changes or time signature changes and so the songs developed quite differently….
AMBY: Which three songs are the quintessential Little Comets?
Little Comets: I don’t know…. I suppose like any songwriter we’d probably say the last three songs that we’ve written… so quite obscure ones that haven’t been recorded yet…. It was strange, we played a gig in Sunderland the other day after having a month off and the difference between early 1st album songs and late 2nd album songs was pretty pronounced. I think every track we play is quintessential Little Comets but just all from different moments in our lives.
AMBY: You are touring with General Fiasco which is an excellent bill. What is the craziest thing to happen to you while touring?
Little Comets: Hmmm, on this last tour…. probably playing to large venues not as a support band haha – it is pretty surreal, but nice. On a social level, I don’t know… we were evicted from a Travelodge on the last date of the tour (for room capacity reasons) and ended up sleeping upright in a van (not good). At about 4am I woke up to see Owen from General Fiasco carrying a box a t-shirts into his van and putting as many on as possible to stave off cold. Quite a strange moment..
AMBY: A Little Opus is a wonderful track, what is the story behind the song?
Little Comets: Haha… I spent an evening explaining this the other day and it is quite complicated (well it is to me….)…. http://www.littlecomets.com/a-little-opus/
AMBY: What can people expect at your live shows?
Little Comets: I think we recognise that it is a very different challenge to make a song connect in a moment rather than on the permanence of a recording – so hopefully people just see a very honest portrayal of our songs in both a music and thematic sense. We try to totally eliminate bullshit from our gigs – we set up our own equipment, no planned encore (it should be a spontaneous thing I think), no “hello [insert place name here]. We’re so glad to be here, YOU ARE THE BEST CROWD SINCE [last night's gig]“. Just us playing songs really…
AMBY: What song could you live without ever hearing again?
Little Comets: Anything on Capital FM.
AMBY: Which three albums changed your life?
Little Comets: I know it isn’t an album really but my Dad bought me The Paul Simon Anthology when I was about 12 and I still play it now… Bookends and Blood on the Tracks were the first album I listened to and probably realised what an album actually was.
AMBY: Where would you go in a time machine?
Little Comets: Hmmm. That’s a good question…. I’d probably go back to the set of Back to the Future just to completely freak everybody out.
AMBY: What trend in music do you find the most annoying?
Little Comets: I don’t know, we try not to pay attention really. The idea that we have a public service broadcaster in the UK that seems to operate at the behest of major record labels and doesn’t seem to place value in lyrical content of songs, whilst making playlist decisions at pre-paid lunches with radio pluggers and old friends is pretty beguiling…
AMBY: What do you do outside of music for fun?
Little Comets: Walk the dog, read books, play with my baby, look at sporting statistics, argue with Mickey, run, worry…. usual stuff I suppose.
AMBY: What is the best song of 2012?
Little Comets: Graceland by Paul Simon.
AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about Little Comets that nobody knows yet?
Little Comets: We’re actually pretty good.
Have a listen to Violence Out Tonight off their latest record Life Is Elsewhere below! And last but not least, thank you Little Comets, for giving us your answers!
Alicia & Yaz Atout