Hey up everybody, We aren’t the most retrospective of people but we’ve done a few gigs recently which made us have a wistful glance back – and to the songs that first started this crazy journey for us. On top …
Hello everybody, Firstly, apologies for the English nature of this email but due to the fact that we’re going to be playing in three differing linguistic places we thought it was probably for the best! After many long years we …
Firstly, apologies for the English nature of this email but due to the fact that we’re going to be playing in three differing linguistic places we thought it was probably for the best!
After many long years we have finally decided to come and play a few gigs in mainland Europe, shockingly in November. Wrapped up in Berghaus jackets we will be playing the following places on the following dates. We know there aren’t that many dates, but you have to start somewhere I suppose. Have a click for ticket links:
Mon 16 Austria, Vienna, Chelsea
Wed 18 Germany, Hamburg, Prinzenbar
Thu 19 Germany, Haldern, Pop Bar
We are honestly delighted to be able to come and play for you – especially as we haven’t been to most of these cities before. It’ll feel like touring for the very first time once again.
Also, we have a pan-European release date for our new album Hope is Just a State of Mind – 30/10/15 – you can order a copy here: http://littlecomets.lnk.to/hope.
Hope to see you there,
Hi everybody Because we haven’t been on tour for a little while and we like playing live we thought we’d do a couple of gigs in August but only in two biblically important places so…. We are delighted to announce …
Because we haven’t been on tour for a little while and we like playing live we thought we’d do a couple of gigs in August but only in two biblically important places so….
We are delighted to announce that we are playing SOUTHAMPTON and GUILDFORD on AUGUST 6TH and 7TH.
These will be our last ones before Reading and Leeds so come along if you fancy it. Tickets are available from the following links.
SOUTHAMPTON – http://joiners.vticket.co.uk
Thanks a lot
Hiya, Don’t worry this isn’t the name of a new single or anything, but what a choice it would be if it was. We’ve actually worked with both Cheeky and Big Fave before but it didn’t amount to anything. Maybe …
Don’t worry this isn’t the name of a new single or anything, but what a choice it would be if it was. We’ve actually worked with both Cheeky and Big Fave before but it didn’t amount to anything. Maybe that’s where we’ve been going wrong if you’ll pardon the pun.
We’ve been dotting about all over the place the last couple of weeks but most of it has been under the radar. Too much time has been spent in Mickey’s garage which turns into a sauna without the perks from June-September. The new songs are gradually starting to emerge so all is good in that regard!
The main reason for this email is that we have been shortlisted for live band of the year by AIM – the Association of Independent Music. We’re very proud of our independence so it is lovely to be included for this award. We are on the list amongst some pretty special live bands so please have a look at the following list and either a) vote for the band you actually like best or b) stick a cheeky vote in for us.
BEST LIVE ACT TO VOTE CLICK HERE: http://bitly.com/bestliveact2015
In an honest sense we think that we should win because of all the bands here we have a) the best looking bass player, b) the best-pound-for-pound live snare sound, c) some decent songs, and d) a good attitude.
That’s it really, enjoy the summer.
Hello everybody, The main reason for this blog is to say a huge thank you to every person who has supported our third album and helped it to reach number 31 in the UK album charts. Your support is the …
The main reason for this blog is to say a huge thank you to every person who has supported our third album and helped it to reach number 31 in the UK album charts.
Your support is the reason why we are able to function as full-time songwriters and your faith and loyalty lets us really just focus on the task of making music. It is such a relief to know that you give our music a fair listen, without preconception, before making an honest decision as to whether you like it or not. We are completely appreciative of this.
Whether you have pledged, or downloaded, attended a gig or sent a message of goodwill – thank you
Me, Mickey, Matt and Steve had a lengthy meeting last December in a pizza shop in Banbury just before Christmas 2013 and decided two things: that we wanted to release music ourselves, totally independently and that we would try and make the next year our most productive ever.
We (I say we but in reality I mean Mickey), wanted to record and release 3 EPs and an album before the end of 2014, this was despite the fact that we currently had NO songs recorded and Mickey was due to become a Dad for the second time in March. Luckily we quickly revised our plan.
In setting up the little label we really wanted to learn about the machinations of releasing music but also to make sure that every aspect of what we did was treated with care and attention – without the distraction of ££$$$PROFIT$$£££. Logically we knew that having an office in the house (or a pizza shop!), recording in a garage, and creating videos and music ourselves (along with getting Mr and Mrs Coles to act as our distributors-to-the-power-ten from a house in sunny Jarrow) would make our overheads next to nothing – selling 100,000 albums was therefore never a goal – it could only ever be a byproduct, and without this pressure we happily set to work.
I think we all from the start had the idea of maybe having a top 40 album as a target – we’d never achieved it before despite the advantages of being helped by both major and independent labels, and so we really did have a point to prove in that – why can’t you do it yourself.
We have had a lot of help and support along the way from Steve and Amber our agents, Mr. Steve Tilley, AIM, Believe and our families – but we still feel like we have grafted.
I want to avoid this blog being over-sentimental but we aren’t often people who enjoy the moment and we do all feel that this one is something to cherish.
Mind you, we’ve already started planning the next one
Hello everybody, Hopefully you are well Our new album Hope is Just a State of Mind was released on Monday into the world. At the start of last year we all sat down together to plan this release – doing …
Hopefully you are well
Our new album Hope is Just a State of Mind was released on Monday into the world. At the start of last year we all sat down together to plan this release – doing everything ourselves: from making cups of tea, to choosing packaging, creating artwork to writing the songs. We had a surreal little target of a top 40 album.
We don’t often place much emphasis on numbers or charts put we really wanted to attempt something that so far had eluded the record labels we had worked with – almost taking our independence to an illogical extreme. A lot of this was based on people like you – people who have supported our music for years and years in many different forms. It gives us a great deal of confidence as song-writers that we have an open minded audience who seem to judge music on its merits and not on perception. You either like it or you don’t. This total honesty is something we very much appreciate.
Yesterday we received the news that the album is currently sitting at number 18 in the midweek charts – already due to the fact that yet again, you have been incredibly supportive of our music.
It would be truly fantastic to keep the album where it is, so all we would ask is that (if you haven’t already purchased the album) you might follow the link below, and if you like what you hear then maybe spend a couple of pennies!
If not no worries
Rob, Mickey and Matt
I think that this is really the most emotionally honest song that I’ve ever written, and also one of the simplest – it is just a message to my little boy William: my hopes for him. It’s a very optimistic …
I think that this is really the most emotionally honest song that I’ve ever written, and also one of the simplest – it is just a message to my little boy William: my hopes for him. It’s a very optimistic tune and took place so late on in the recording of the album, that it became clear that this was the song to open the album.
We only realised once we’d finished recording it that it doesn’t really have a standard form – our songs often follow a particular pattern A B A B C A B, where A would be a verse and B chorus, C coming as a middle 8 or lift towards the end: but this song ignores it all, and the fact we weren’t really aware of it that until we’d completed it shows (in theory) that it works…
The form for this song is A B C D E, which is quite bizarre but I think it just happened during the writing process as there wasn’t a point where we imported an idea from elsewhere, it just all occurred naturally.
Once again Jack from Bwani Junction recorded the drums and I remember it was a really beautiful session – I don’t use that word lightly, and I definitely feel Jack put a lot of feel and emotion into the drum and combined with Mickey’s spacious drum sound, it gives the song a great deal of depth – I love the drumming on this song….
Building upon the percussion was quite easy – we worked on each section individually and the parts didn’t need too much sculpting. Before long the middle of the song was formed with only the beginning and the end remaining. All the acoustic guitars were then recorded in Mickey’s kitchen, and even though the fingerpicked, sparse sound isn’t really something we’ve done before I think it bookends the song nicely.
There were then just the vocals to do…. I normally don’t enjoy recording the vocals as I am quite mathematical about it – I do a certain amount of takes and (to be honest) over-think certain notes that often I create a stress about nothing, but I think the subject matter of this song really helped and it was actually amazing to sing – it just felt right. Often for us, aspects of recording (asides when I do guitar takes) are quite controlled – but this was like singing a song live and I had a real adrenaline rush when recording it. Sometimes being emotionally unhinged when you are recording a song has quite an impact when you listen back later – it’s normally unusable, but in this case it worked perfectly. Again, the backing vocals seemed to stick to the lead part well and recording them was a bit of a doddle.
For the beginning of the song, we again did something quite different for ourselves – Mickey really wanted the start to be one-take and conversely the last thing we recorded for the album, so on the 27th of December we set up in Mickey’s kitchen. I know the start is quite strange but he wanted to capture the element of live performance – I take a drink from the tap, then walk to the microphone, pick up my guitar and play. As with the end it is quite empty but works nicely I think….
The final additional part that I want to mention is the spoken section. When me and Mickey were little our Mam and Dad would set up a tape recorder when we played just for memories sake – I suppose it was the 1980s version of an iphone, and I remember listening back to these recordings when I was older. I’ve always wanted to do this with me and Mickey’s little boys, William and George who are the best of friends: overlaying it with some of our music.
One Saturday afternoon we did just that, and then over the course of an evening I loved editing this 2 hour long recording into the conversation you can hear on the song. That very good, oh-oh, oh no, where are you? Back home. Me back. Sit down here. OK….. It’s funny, but it’s my favourite bit of any song we’ve ever recorded, and it’s not really us haha….
I suppose the thing I am proud of with our music is the fact that we’ve always followed our hearts and stayed true – we do what we love, and we work very hard but we’ve never compromised ourselves for it. If I could pass one message onto my little boy, other than how much we love him, is just to be true to himself and keep an open mind – there’s always more to learn…
Cut all the pages
from a magazine
I must preserve
the right to dream of
my boy William
Power to the unions
Cannot save my soul
I’ve lost my faith in
rock and roll: tell it to
my boy William.
When you reach that low
At your nadir
When they creep up beside you
And whisper nothing in your one true ear
I hope you resist
And you stand so tall
And that grief will desert you
Leave a message on your bedroom wall
There’s more to this than meets the eye my love
Don’t drown your dreams stay true but
Try as I might
There’s much to learn and much to sow my love
But try as you might
All is burning
All is burning
All is burning now.
If you really want to know what this song is about then please visit this link and have a read. http://www.refuge.org.uk/what-we-do/working-with-families-to-effect-change/maria-stubbings/ I remember hearing Maria Stubbings’ story while listening to a radio 4 interview with her brother a few years …
If you really want to know what this song is about then please visit this link and have a read.
I remember hearing Maria Stubbings’ story while listening to a radio 4 interview with her brother a few years ago – it was a really moving piece of radio. He was passionate, eloquent, emotional and intelligent in the way he spoke about something that was clearly of total importance to himself and his family.
Like with Salt, those words stuck with me and I knew when we started to play with Wherewithal that it was an appropriate song.
Domestic violence is a very important issue for me, especially as I feel that our society could do more on many levels from governance to policing, media representation to education.
Again all I hoped when i wrote the lyrics for this song is that I used appropriate language.
Musically, Mickey was very worried that this song was a bit too 80s, especially with his little Sexual Healing chorus guitar part, but other than that it wasn’t too difficult to record. He sometimes gets these very personal hang ups about a song that the rest of us can’t really hear (we don’t really play “Her Black Eyes” anymore because he is convinced we have changed the key and not told him), but once he gets past them it all follows on like it normally would.
The main problem ending up being working out a suitable baseline – the guitar part was written first and so does the job that a standard bass part would do, it doesn’t leave a great deal of space in which the bass can operate. Also, we really wanted to make sure that the two verses were adequately delineated – sometimes our music can sound a little repetitive melodically so we like to bring in another “theme” when a second verse happens. A few slides and weird noises later it was sorted.
Weird noises are our standard go-to when we have a problem: it normally involves Mickey having a cuppa while I record about 10 guitar takes. He’ll then come back, shake his head and then spend 6 hours knitting together something coherent from what I’ve done – so much so that it bears no resemblance to my original part. Like giving Leonardo Da Vinci a ball of wool and him turning it into a sculpture of an eagle. Mickey describes this as “taking what you do and making it a million times better”. This offends me greatly but I suppose I just have to deal with it….
Jack Fotheringham plays the drums again on this song. We loved working with Jack – he drums with Bwani Junction who we all think are the greatest band who aren’t massive in the world. They don’t use any tricks live – everything you see is them. Very few bands do that anymore and this integrity and fullness of sound tells you everything you need to know about their musicianship and songwriting….
I know that’s a bit of a ramble to finish off on, but hey ho. I suppose it’s ok to go sideways from time to time, works for crabs.
Picture me enchained like a memory
And I won’t waste, I won’t waste
Figure you’d be safe, calling the police
They won’t wait, they won’t wait up
Shaking like a leaf, as a simile
Doesn’t begin to describe
Every little failing is annuity
To the one in four who survive
Funny how the ending mirrors my life
Sharp love from sharp eyes
Buried under coats, needing all relief
I won’t wake, I won’t wake up
I’ve been hiding under stairs: I’ve been there for a while
All temerity is stuck on the hem of your guile
You think emotional appeasement is just a part of the style
When a victim needs to trust in the system to fight
And the truth is I can’t trust you anywhere
And the truth is I can’t trust you anywhere
On the tip of your cap is a badge
Semper vigilo: you never ever did that though
And I can’t trust you anywhere
No I can’t trust you anywhere