On Sunday evening I went to Manchester Club Academy to watch Little Comets’ final show as part of their thirteen date UK tour. Having started in Oxford on February 9th, the trio from Tyne and Wear (Rob Coles on vocals and guitar, bassist Matthew Hall and Mickey Coles on lead guitar) were definitely not lacking in energy despite it being their last performance. Supported by Eliza and the Bear, the lads came on stage to greet their sold out venue just after 9pm to bursts of applause, showcasing their horde of dedicated fans who sung along to the majority of the set.
They began the setlist with Worhead, the single which lends its title to the name of their newest album which came out on March 10th, their fourth LP alongside a host of EPs. The band released the collection on The Smallest Label, which they also did with their last full length record Hope Is Just A State of Mind in February 2015 after previous albums being on the Dirty Hit label.
Continuing the evening, they played a varied mix of old material such as Bridge Burn, Isles and their first ever track One Night In October, and had people well and truly moving with classics Dancing Song, Jennifer and Joanna. The tone was brought down with slower song The Blur, the Line & the Thickest of Onions, a personal favourite. As well as this they performed Common Things, The Man Who Wrote Thriller and Louise from Worhead.
The threesome put on a great show, with bags of enthusiasm, not being defeated by the fact that it was a Sunday evening when the aftermath of Saturday nights often means crowd morale is flagging. This myth was dispelled by the reaction of the audience, who stayed loyal until the end, singing their hearts out and bouncing around the floor with aplomb.
For those wanting to catch Little Comets live, they are supporting Maximo Park in Leeds on April 30th, and playing at a number of festivals over the summer including Kendal Calling and 110 Above in Leicestershire in August. Their latest single Common Things is available now, the video of which you can watch above.
Words by Sophia Miles