GIFT OF SOUND

Me and Mickey must have been pretty irresponsible to be writing this song – we had the October tour to rehearse for and half the album still to finish and we sat down just to play music. I remember thinking …

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Me and Mickey must have been pretty irresponsible to be writing this song – we had the October tour to rehearse for and half the album still to finish and we sat down just to play music. I remember thinking – we have to get the album finished by January 5th and we are still writing music…. But Mickey started playing this little riff on his guitar and the world was ok.

We didn’t really think anything of it other than that it was a catchy little song that might work for album four – but the next day we both woke up singing it so decided to finish it off. Still we didn’t seriously consider it for the album.

When we were finalising the songs to record a few weeks later (we were in Edinburgh at the time playing on the tour), Mickey mentioned “what about that Gift of Sound song”, so I started playing it on the acoustic guitar. Steve liked it (well he kind of nodded and said: it’s alright that – which for Steve is the equivalent of streaking on the pitch at the FA Cup Final celebrating a last minute winner) and our good friend and skilled helpist Matt Walch was very positive about it, so we took it very seriously.

It came together fairly quickly in a recorded and lyrical sense: we listened back to a mic we had set up in the room when we wrote it (something we never normally do) and the structure was fairly tight, along with some good ideas words-wise. For recording we asked our good friend Jack from a great band called Bwani Junction to play the drums (he also plays on Wherewithal and My Boy William), and he and Mickey worked well in the studio – while Jack played I worked out the backing vocals and within a week or so of graft in Mickey’s garage it was pretty much done…. Whether through the necessity of time or the relative simplicity of the song it all came together (for us) fairly quickly.

Lyrically, I suppose the song is just about using language to engage on issues that are important to you – being inspired by the dearth of passion and truth in general politics or society to change things for the better. Just to keep on plugging away. I often feel really down about things like this, but I suppose it is good to try and always have a little flame of positivity lit somewhere within you that allows you to draw strength from negativity and turn it around. The lyrics are below and really are quite self-explanatory I think.

Originally we wanted this song to end the album because of the final line – we thought it would have been quite a tantalising way to finish, but when we listened to the songs together it was far too light for this role, and so it sits where it does…. J

Words that fall from stature
Do not enrapture
Chin feels like a chisel
Lost its fizzle
So hold me like a stranger
Absolve my danger
It’s the similarities
That bring me down.

Given the gift of sound
Given the gift of sound
Given the gift of free flowing language
You don’t own
Given the gift of sound

Everything’s collapsing
Can you fill the gaps in?
Search for something higher
Than desire
Man is like a mountain
Never any doubt in what you do
It’s the realisation that we have all
Been given the gift of sound.

Touch brings you nearer
Could this be any clearer?
It’s the waveform you need the most.
Eyes like a vandal
It’s the truth I can handle:
Let the waveform take you home.

Given the gift of all that’s elitist
Given it so you know what defeat
Given the gift of stairs made to crawl
But cherish the heft of those you can walk up
Given the gift of thoughts for the silence
Given the gift of faith and defiance
Given the gift of Sound
Sound
Sound
Sound
Sound
Sound
Sound
It’s the final pulsings of basically nothing.

gift of sound


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B & B LYRIC BLOG

  Ah the album is finally finished – so much so that I haven’t really listened back to it yet. The closest I came was doing the tracklisting and making sure that the lengths (in milliseconds haha) between songs were …

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Ah the album is finally finished – so much so that I haven’t really listened back to it yet. The closest I came was doing the tracklisting and making sure that the lengths (in milliseconds haha) between songs were perfect – but even then the stress of a deadline meant I couldn’t really listen… it was very workpersonlike.

So hopefully this lightness of being will come across in this lyric blog for the first new song from the album that we are letting people hear – a song called B&B.

This little song was written just after Mickey’s daughter had been born. Mickey was having a bit of time off and so I was left in the studio alone (a lot of recent songs have happened this way). I had tuned the guitar down slightly and was playing a thumping 5thsy riff and the tune was there pretty much straight away. The chorus was a bit of an accident as because the guitar tuning was down I played a different chord with my hands than intended in my head and it gave the section a type of keychange which has remained. And there it was bashed out, loads of reverb, many vocals…. Until Mickey heard it haha.

Now it sits more refined – the accapella start was Mickey’s doing – he really wanted each section to be different and so it sits alone as an interesting outcrop. We had lots of problems with the production for bridge and chorus sections largely because of the contrast between the sea-shanty melody (with many vocal parts) and the driving but sparse instrumentation.

I think in that sense the song is quite a departure for us – raw and a little foreboding, but hopefully the passion in the lyrics make the link a little more plain. I think eventually when it came to recording the drums Mickey had really settled on the image he wanted for the song and by the time we came to re-record the guitars the idea was finalised.

Lyrically the words came quite quickly as I always had the “even my own mother cannot take me back” line in my head from writing the melody. I knew it was going to be about politics: specifically the patronisation of people by the political class in both ideology and delivery, and the way that my own region has been altered by the blue hoards of conservatism.

The title stems from a tweet by Grant Shapps regarding the last budget – “budget 2014 cuts bingo & beer tax helping hardworking people do more of the things they enjoy. RT to spread the word”. Beer and Bingo – because there’s nothing else to do.

I think the first verse is just frustration with the attitude put across by politicians that suggests that they think people are total idiots – policies light on detail, simplistic ideology, framing debates in headlines, constant ill behaviour. Plus from the other end of the scale the total demonisation of the less well off in the swingeing benefit cuts typified by the bedroom tax. I just think it is bizarre and to treat us with this brazen amount of contempt.

It really got me thinking about the north east getting so bashed up in the time of Thatcher – destroying lives and communities because of a need to dominate on an ideological level. I think the second verse tries to convey the depressing notion that beyond this pain, she also eradicated trades and skillsets that had been built for hundreds of years without the prospect of anything new, or transferability. To extinguish a trade, a way of life…. Wow….. That’s a pretty crazy course of action.

It’s almost like she stole those years from us – and it feels a little like it is being echoed now. Taking away what someone relies on is oppression, and this is being felt in communities across our country today – horrified in the knowledge that it will continue until people are so battered that they accept it. The worst part is if you look closely enough, past Grant’s apparent carrot you can see the joy in the eyes behind the ghastly stick, and they look frighteningly familiar.

LYRICS:

I codify: next week there’s a new born tax
Not married so I can’t relax
Honest so I don’t react, yet.
Silence has kissed my back
Licked fickle by the bedroom pact
A rumour never moves with tact, no.

A heart like a candle
Melted with a frying pan handle
Left on the heat too long
Now only can I sing this song:

Even my own mother cannot take me back.

So I drive around this town
Thatched new by the thrust of the cuts
Bollards and the legacies they all outgrew.
Coastal but wrecked by blue
Ripped ships from the skills we knew
Moreish so you’ll see this through.

A heart like a candle
Melted with a chip pan handle
Left on the heat too long
Now only can I sing this song:

Even my own mother cannot take me back.

I’m sleeping in a box
No windows, no door locks
My head is a shambles
Kipping in a row of brambles
A heart like a candle
Melted with a frying pan handle
Left on the heat too long
Now only can I sing this song:

Even my own mother cannot take me back.

Listen to B&B by clicking here!

B&B


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album track listing and more

Hello everybody, This is the start of a pretty exciting few weeks for us. After a hectic couple of days of final touches, mastering and artwork completion we can happily say that our album is entirely finished and ready to …

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Hello everybody,

This is the start of a pretty exciting few weeks for us. After a hectic couple of days of final touches, mastering and artwork completion we can happily say that our album is entirely finished and ready to share with you.

Over the next few weeks we’ll be showing it to you: from lyric blogs, to artwork but most importantly the songs themselves.

Those of you who have already pre-ordered via pledge can hear the first new song B&B by logging in now. It’s the only place you can currently hear it…

In the meantime for everybody else we can announce the track listing for HOPE IS JUST A STATE OF MIND. This has taken a total age to compile but we hope that by the time you have eventually heard the entire album, it makes perfect sense.

My Boy William
B & B
The Gift of Sound
Formula
Little Italy
The Daily Grind
Salt
Effetism
Wherewithal
Fundamental Little Things
Don’t Fool Yourself
The Blur, the Line & the Thickest of Onions

Keep your eyes on peel later this week, as a new song might be making an appearance for everybody :)

Thanks for reading.

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PRE-ORDER NEW ALBUM

just a little reminder that you can now pre-order our new album from the link below. it’s getting closer and closer! http://found.ee/HOPEstore

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just a little reminder that you can now pre-order our new album from the link below.

it’s getting closer and closer!

http://found.ee/HOPEstore

HOPE IS JUST A STATE OF MIND


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album tour

Hello everybody, Despite the near calamitous early illness scare we finished our little tour with a flourish in Wolverhampton on Wednesday. Thanks to each and every one of you for coming along, singing, listening, dancing and giving us some lovely …

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Hello everybody,

Despite the near calamitous early illness scare we finished our little tour with a flourish in Wolverhampton on Wednesday. Thanks to each and every one of you for coming along, singing, listening, dancing and giving us some lovely words of encouragement and care when dealing with Rob being sick – it is massively appreciated.

So, it is with the warmth of the last couple of weeks that we are delighted announce a tour to accompany the release of our new album – HOPE IS JUST A STATE OF MIND – in February and March of 2015.

Tickets will go onsale exclusively via our PledgeMusic page at 9am on Monday and Tuesday, therefore giving people who pre-order the album with a gig ticket a much better price. General sale will follow on Wednesday.

Here are the dates:

FEB
M 23: NOTTINGHAM Rescue Rooms
T 24: CAMBRIDGE Junction
W 25: PORTSMOUTH Wedgewood Rooms
Th 26: BRISTOL Fleece

MAR
S 1: BELFAST Limelight 2
M 2: GLASGOW King Tuts
T 3: ABERDEEN Tunnels
F 6: YORK Fibbers
S 7: BIRMINGHAM Insititute
Th 12: LONDON Koko
F 13: MANCHESTER Academy
S 14: NEWCASTLE Academy

Thanks a lot
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Little Comets - Album Tour 2015

Little Comets – Album Tour 2015


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rearranged gig dates AND an extremely special NEWCASTLE gig

Hello everybody, Firstly, thanks for all the get well wishes at the start of last week. We got lots of lovely messages from people which really helped me get over being pretty gutted about having to call off the gigs …

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Hello everybody,

Firstly, thanks for all the get well wishes at the start of last week. We got lots of lovely messages from people which really helped me get over being pretty gutted about having to call off the gigs and concentrate on just getting better.

After a week of drinking litres of honey and eating strepsils I feel much better, although I now have no teeth and twitch when I don’t have sugar for more than an hour. We wanted to wait until after the Preston and Liverpool gigs to make an announcement about rescheduled dates just to make sure that there was no reaction to singing again. Fortunately all is good so here are the rearranged dates:

Nov 06 The Leadmill Sheffield
Nov 07 Stylus Leeds
Nov 10 Liquid Room Edinburgh
Nov 11 Empire Middlesbrough
Nov 12 Slade Rooms Wolverhampton

Also, we enjoyed the intimate London gig so much that we’re going to do one in NEWCASTLE at the BRIDGE HOTEL on 26th NOVEMBER. Lots of you will know how that venue was so important to the beginnings of our band so we are very excited to be going back and playing to an audience of 110 people!

To make it even more special you will get to pick the setlist. On the way in just write down the song you want on a piece of paper and we will draw them out of a hat to sort out the songs. Should be fun! We might even have to play Friday Don’t Need It hahaha.

If you want a ticket then the ONLY way to get them is from http://found.ee/PledgeLittleComets. The ticket costs £20 but this includes a copy of our new album HOPE IS JUST A STATE OF MIND, which you can pre-order now.

Hope that is ok,

Rob, Mickey and Matt

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Sorry, but we need to postpone some gigs :(

Hello everybody, This reason for this message is not a happy one. Unfortunately, we are going to have to postpone our gigs in Sheffield, Edinburgh, Leeds and Middlesbrough this week. This is not a decision we have taken lightly – …

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Hello everybody,

This reason for this message is not a happy one. Unfortunately, we are going to have to postpone our gigs in Sheffield, Edinburgh, Leeds and Middlesbrough this week. This is not a decision we have taken lightly – we love playing our music to people who travel to see us, it’s a really important part of lives so to have to let people down like this is pretty gutting.

After London my voice was feeling ropey but with a combination of liquids, strepsils, vics, lemsips and soup I thought I could manage it. Upon getting to Wolverhampton yesterday I was still feeling positive in my ability just to power through but upon trying to sing a bit of Violence Out Tonight (a very easy song to sing in a technical sense) I couldn’t get through a line without sounding like a yodelling frog. Believe me, if I could get up onstage and give even a 10% version of my voice I would, but sounding like that it wouldn’t be possible. I don’t think I have the nicest sounding voice in the world but I try to convey emotion and passion with it – with my voice in the state it was yesterday and upon waking up this morning, I couldn’t even get to this stage with it.

We’re going to reschedule all the dates – hopefully as early as possible. We will have news on the new dates very soon. On top of this if you send us an email at littlecometsmanagement@live.com with a picture of your gig ticket we’ll happily send you a couple of free songs as a compensation – I know it isn’t much but we hope you appreciate it.

Once again, we are extremely sorry to have to do this – we think we have a unique fanbase for both loyalty and passion and would never underestimate this on a whim. We hope you understand and can make it when we return.

Rob, Matt and Mickey


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THE ASSISTED

This song is based around a piano melody that I’ve had written for years – I’ve always intended to finish it and add a verse but it has only been the last couple of months that I’ve managed to find …

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This song is based around a piano melody that I’ve had written for years – I’ve always intended to finish it and add a verse but it has only been the last couple of months that I’ve managed to find the extra lyrics to suit the melody and the correct chord progression to work with the chorus.

From its very start I’ve always wanted the song to be written from the point of view of person at breaking point – at a real low, and the chorus line has always been there. Look at me closely you can see, just how broken a man can be. It’s pretty basic in rhyme but in my head it counters nicely what comes before it in terms of the piano melody.

It was written on the same piano that we’ve used since the start of the band – an old school tinkler that just has something special about it. I’m quite sentimental when it comes to instruments and I love this piano to bits. I think that really helps the writing process when you just know how something should sound.

Lyrically, the song is about assisted suicide – something which has been in the news a lot recently. I heard an interview with a guy who talked about how he didn’t want to become defined by his illness: he didn’t like the idea that at some point he would cease to become himself and that that physical representation would overtake the image and memory of his being. He would lose control over how people would remember him, engage with him or even love him.

I often think about the idea of memories and about how they can sustain a person. Memories can bring about feelings that can be painful and wonderful but that ability to encapsulate feelings within them is powerful and pretty amazing really. So with this in mind I tried to write the song from the point of view of this man – broken and just ready to move on.

The song was recorded partly in Vale Studios in Worcestershire at the end of a long day of reamping guitars (Mickey and Matt’s favourite pastime) on the same piano that we used for Language is Over. We were really tired but managed to do four or five quick takes. I was very nervous while playing it as I hadn’t played the piano much and the weight of the keys was quite difficult to get adjusted to, plus I had no ending in mind so the last thirty seconds are pretty accidental J.

The vocals were then recorded in an attic in Hoult’s Yard whilst Mickey was having some family time. Luckily they turned out ok even though at one point I was singing into the wrong end of the mic….

Thanks to James Haselhurst for letting us use his lovely space.

The lyrics are as follows:

Maybe my hands won’t shake
Faces I don’t recall
Each of these finer points
Lost on the whitewashed walls
But at least it gets to be a choice

Look at me closely you can see
Just how broken a man can be

Assisted by those who know
The memories I used to be
Suffering grips all my days
Taut like an elegy

Look at me closely you can see
Just how broken a man can be

Still loss, still grief
Still a tragic energy
But I need control
Death will bring me
A calming neutrality
If you let me go
And make a choice

Look at me closely you can see
Just how broken a man can be


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