Hello everybody, We once saw Owen from General Fiasco putting on as many of their merch t-shirts as possible in a bid to keep warm when sleeping in the van. We know this because we were also sleeping in a …
We once saw Owen from General Fiasco putting on as many of their merch t-shirts as possible in a bid to keep warm when sleeping in the van. We know this because we were also sleeping in a van but did not have the sleight of mind to try this trick. Bits of us froze that we will never get back.
Anyway, in order to a) allow you to economically copy Owen’s trick, and b) raise winter funds to stop us from having to sleep in the van, we have instituted a massive NON DENOMINATIONAL WINTER FESTIVAL MERCH SALE.
Find out more and discover massive savings (haha this is class, I get to sound like a DFS advert) at this hypa hypa hypa link: http://littlecomets.bigcartel.com
Thanks a lot,
*Before starting this blog it’s important to state that it isn’t specific to a band or artist – especially not those we are currently fortunate enough to be touring with. Both Atlas Genius and Family of the Year play with …
*Before starting this blog it’s important to state that it isn’t specific to a band or artist – especially not those we are currently fortunate enough to be touring with. Both Atlas Genius and Family of the Year play with an integrity and drive that we all strive to emulate….
The search for authenticity is really what we all look for in this band – an experience that seems more real than the next, a heartfelt delivery or a piece of true emotion unblemished by a surrounding. I think a lot of our contemporaries miss the point, obsessed with notions of defining time, entertaining, or just seeking the bullshit of cool with every tortured breath. That this forces the songs and expressions of others to straddle this ever-expanding line is an even greater assault on what we try to do. But it is within this overblown beginning to a blog that we’ve been travelling around the USA for the last week, in a van with leather seats, blacked out windows and an Xbox – at least we can recognise and embrace our hypocrisy in comfort.
Every hour the landscape ticks over providing relentless interest, although we missed each of the 1.3 million Florida alligators much to the chagrin of our Michael. Matt likes to revel in the front as chief spotter and tunesmith – always able to assess the viability of the next service area, which punctuate the land in a useful sort of way – their identikit finishes highlight the difference and beauty in the many natural crests and crevices. Free will lives, as long as it comes in a footlong. No Tescos though. Imagine if our country was designed around the whims of large corporations, whilst slowly eroding welfare systems limped through the ruins of privatised services and structures….
The gigs and states have flown by in a blink, an extreme road trip which leaves me feeling like we’ve been passing through places rather than learning anything tangible about them – it does little to alter our life-long patiently sculpted model of America, nor does the cornucopia of our van: basically a rampaging steel cliche, cutting great swathes along the interstate emitting the sounds and smells of Huey Lewis and meat snacks, eyes patiently trained outwards scouring fields and forests for something that fits into our neatly pre-arranged picture. All we need is a couple of pistols, a flag and the Top Gun script. Take My Breath Away has just come on the stereo. Thanks Matt, I MUST be in America now.
Mornafternevening, After driving over 6000 miles in a dangerous vehicle which at least had wifi, we are planning to do the whole thing again in less than four days time. Luckily on this occasion we are traversing America anti-clockwise taking …
After driving over 6000 miles in a dangerous vehicle which at least had wifi, we are planning to do the whole thing again in less than four days time. Luckily on this occasion we are traversing America anti-clockwise taking in the Southern States amongst other larger gems.
We have been fortunate enough to be asked to play with a lovely Australian band called Atlas Genius for some dates, as well as cramming in a few headline gigs on our own. Obviously, we apologise in advance for not being able to play everywhere but as you can imagine the size to weight ratios are not in our favour.
Also, we should be reflectively kicking ourselves at the short notice of this news item and the lack of updates from ourselves generally on the website, but trying to move house with a small child in tow less than a week before flying across the world does get in the way slightly so I’m sure you can forgive us…
Anyway, here are the dates – as we have a lot of travel in a small metal space to endure, we might try to alleviate distance by blogging more frequently – especially as we’re taking a posh camera this time.
10/15 New York, NY @ CMJ – Studio at Webster Hall (Time Out NY/Balcony TV show)
10/16 Charlotte, NC @ Fillmore *
10/17 Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage *
10/18 Orlando, FL @ House of Blues *
10/20 Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits
10/21 Mobile, AL @ Alabama Music Box
10/22 Houston, TX @ House of Blues *
10/23 Austin, TX @ Stubbs *
10/24 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues *
10/26 Louisville, KY @ The New Vintage
10/27 Nashville, TN @ High Watt
10/28 St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant *
10/30 Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue *
10/31 Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues *
11/1 Los Angeles, CA @ Hotel Cafe
11/2 San Francisco, CA @ Silms
* with Atlas Genius and Family of the Year
Allo laa Firstly, before photo-sharing we just wanted to say a huge thank you to anyone who came to gigs or sessions, invited us to play or helped us make proper tea while we were in America. We were humbled …
Firstly, before photo-sharing we just wanted to say a huge thank you to anyone who came to gigs or sessions, invited us to play or helped us make proper tea while we were in America. We were humbled by the whole experience and can’t wait to return.
Like rabid tourists we’ve spent last week going through our holiday snaps and our creative directeur Matt has come up with the following selection which hopefully gives you an idea of life in a van with the lads on the road.
Good morning America, how are you? Dispensing with Johnny Cash, today is a lovely day for us as we get to celebrate our first proper release in the USA – our album Life is Elsewhere, on Dualtone Records. We have been …
Good morning America, how are you?
Dispensing with Johnny Cash, today is a lovely day for us as we get to celebrate our first proper release in the USA – our album Life is Elsewhere, on Dualtone Records.
We have been fortunate enough to work with this lovely label now for the past few months and so it makes it extra special that (like in the UK) the people who are attempting to help our music become known have a real and genuine passion for it.
You can download the album by following this link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/life-is-elsewhere/id675841717?uo=4s
Last night we were in Minneapolis, playing next door to the venue where Prince got his Purple Rain on. In amongst the film scene recreating Matt managed to put together a selection of photos from the tour so far. You can see them here….
In the meantime, we really should say a big thank you to everyone who has come to see us so far and those who intend to attend a gig over the next week or so. We really appreciate it.
Hiya, We’re delighted to announce that we’ll be getting on a plane to come and play in America during August. The trip will take in numerable places and miles of travelling from East to West. Hopefully we’ll see names and …
We’re delighted to announce that we’ll be getting on a plane to come and play in America during August. The trip will take in numerable places and miles of travelling from East to West. Hopefully we’ll see names and faces that have harangued us to play in the US many times before.
After our initial incredulity at not being able to ship our trusty van over to traverse the highways and byways we now look upon the following routing with a lot of excitement. It’ll be great to finally get the chance to play in places that we could not have dreamt of when starting out in a band for the first time.
Here’s the dates…
8-13 Washington, DC @ The Hamilton http://bit.ly/18Q7Rqd
8-14 Philadelphia, PA @ North Star Bar http://ticketf.ly/18bNEf8
8-17 Indianapolis, IN @ Do317 Lounge http://bit.ly/16uWWvN
8-18 Chicago, IL @ Schubas http://bit.ly/16uX5zl
8-19 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry http://bit.ly/18Q8fF0
8-20 Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge http://bit.ly/1auJC25
8-22 Portland, OR @ Lola’s Room http://bit.ly/16uXqSI
8-23 Seattle, WA @ Vera Project http://bit.ly/14LGsBu
8-25 San Francisco, CA @ Cafe Du Nord http://tktwb.tw/1dnlH0T
8-26 Los Angeles, CA @ Hotel Cafe http://bit.ly/176QA8e
See you in August.
So, we’ve just had quite a day – a dichotomy of our lives within a pretty silly industry…. Simultaneously we’re announcing a release of a single, alongside a video, complemented by a bit about the song in question (as it …
So, we’ve just had quite a day – a dichotomy of our lives within a pretty silly industry….
Simultaneously we’re announcing a release of a single, alongside a video, complemented by a bit about the song in question (as it happens to be next in our long drawn talk about what the album is to us…).
Violence Out Tonight: I’ve never been affected by the issue of this song – a grim, despicable and weak act, so hope upon hope that the portrayal is apt… If not then I sincerely apologise: I feel that women’s rights are often forgotten in what is still a blatantly sexist society and I wouldn’t want to unwittingly add to this tumult, however neither do I want to adhere to the omertà….
The song came together very quickly, with many versions of verses having to be consolidated into three.. It was a song that after it was finished I just wanted to sit and play in a room for hours on end… The percussion track is a mixture of heavy claps, a washing machine door and a bin lid recorded in Mickey’s kitchen. It really feels like we’ve watched this song grow up and flourish: from being written on a acoustic (rare for us), to being an addendum to Jennifer, onto an album track, before finishing up as a little single…
The lyrics speak for themselves and can be viewed here: www.littlecomets.com/lyrics/
As does this video by Fern Berresford: www.youtube.com/watch?v=HytJ2rrKEM8
We chose this song to release because we really love it: this is the way we choose things – not to second guess tastes or to get on the radio or to sell tickets to gigs but because we are proud of what we’ve made… Romantic? Delusional? It would appear so….
The exquisite contradiction of the music industry taught us another poisonous lesson today, which is unfortunately intertwined with our above desire for passion above strategy. Our little label Dirty Hit has the dubious honour of releasing albums through Sony Australia… Today they informed us that they aren’t sure they want to involve themselves in “Life is Elsewhere”… The reason: a lack of UK plot…. A little part of me died, again. Whatever happened to being involved with music you love and wanted to share with other people?
Now that the quality of our music, the poignancy of our lyrics and the rigour of our productive pronunciations are seemingly of lesser consideration than a Radio 1 playlist, an NME two week love affair or a tweet from a minor celebrity we really do despair about the people inherently making decisions as to what music you should hear.
But we carry on, unabashed.
That we are still choosing to release a song we admire, makes me even more fervent about continuing to make music for the sake of being expressive rather than other soiled diluents.
Sorry about the interminable delay and the cessation of these lyrical posts before Christmas but I think the year just caught up with me. I suppose it is quite fitting that the next song for the treatment is “…Shadows”. 2012 …
Sorry about the interminable delay and the cessation of these lyrical posts before Christmas but I think the year just caught up with me. I suppose it is quite fitting that the next song for the treatment is “…Shadows”.
2012 was a pretty wild year emotionally for me and Mickey – we both became fathers and both stopped being grandchildren. As we were especially close to our maternal grandma we really felt this shift of two steps up the generational tree. Parenthood meanwhile has brought with it a new realm of love, trust, pride, gratitude and concern.
This song is intended to be quite personal and lyrically delicate, exploring a relationship with loss – me and my partner will one day have to part in very final terms. One of us will witness the other’s death and have to put together the pieces after this emotional investment suddenly disappears. Trying to imagine this is not possible, but I still get quite strangled thinking about it…. So I thought I’d write a song about it….
Mickey had the most wonderful riff which I wrote a chord progression over. This underpins the song staying in place whilst Mickey’s part drifts in and out… We love playing this song live and me and Matt always make a point of standing next to each other when Mickey’s playing takes hold for the first time. He’s a very bashful player which sometimes belies his musicality so by staring at him intently we get to enjoy his playing and place the visual focus on him…
The final verse deals with the idea of mortality – the sustenance of your being through a memory, through being talked about, through influencing, through a photograph. I have a strange theory that it is thoughts, language and gestures that are the actual living beings – we are just the mechanical host through which they transverse. That’s another song though.
I suppose loss is inevitable, but at least it makes you think and feel – and to feel is to live….
It’s like barbed wire
This crucial touch
That holds me near
Expects so much
Will tie me down
I will be waiting
Waiting for ours
In fifty or sixty
She’ll leave me
And one of us
Will coldly hold
The other’s hand
No metaphor for this
That I can understand
I’m like barbed wire
This crucial touch
That holds me here
Expects so much
No guileless charm
I will be waiting
Waiting for ours
I will be waiting
In the shadows
In the dead of night
So hold me
And sway me
For all that will
Remain of us
No metaphor for this
That I can understand