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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COVER YOUR RAIN LYRIC BLOG

This song is simple and weightless and it was lovely to write. I suppose after re-reading the lyrics just now it could be interpreted as a metaphor for my relationship with songwriting. Sometimes it is nice to just escape and …

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This song is simple and weightless and it was lovely to write. I suppose after re-reading the lyrics just now it could be interpreted as a metaphor for my relationship with songwriting. Sometimes it is nice to just escape and play with language, not writing about opinions or current emotions.

It’s roughly about a partner who is disconcerted with negativity and intensity in a relationship. Like Bridge Burn, Cover Your Rain as a title is just a way of saying: put it away, get light. Again this is something that Mickey will often say to me – you’re being too negative. So maybe that has fought its way out in this lyric.
I always think that I am a realist but Mickey (and Matt secretly) think I can be quite pessimistic a lot of the time – towards songs, situations we find ourselves in, how things are going in general. I suppose I just don’t have a great deal of outward self-confidence – plus the amount of burns our little fingers have acquired over the years do tend to tint my vision a little bit.

The rest of the song pines for escape and refreshment – again (this is getting quite cathartic now) this could be a handy metaphor for our band. Hahaha, better leave the lyrical analysis at that or a song that sounds like a benign and airy little thing will turn into a doomsday scenario for Little Comets. And we aren’t quite there. Yet ;)

Recording wise I think Mickey was tearing his hair out a bit. He let me do the bulk of recording alone (always a bad idea). When he came back to listen it was quite tough as he felt I’d taken no notice of his pointers, but by process of him scaling back reverbs and sounds and adding a little bit of percussion he managed to knock it into some sort of shape. He took what I did and made it about a million times better.

Here are the lyrics, questions on a postcard.

You change the covers
And I’ll make a will
Punish me rotten
For the way I feel
Woe betide me and you
And anybody who’s
Got a lot to lose

Cover your rain
Cover your rain up

Maybe I will live in fields
Paint all the colours with a new found zeal
Black and red
Deeper blue
Treat every crescent
Like my own tattoo

Cover your rain
Cover your rain up

Celebrating like an ocean
Celebrating’s all the same
Maybe I am washed up
So I’ll cover your rain
Cover your rain up

I was pale everyday
Born so mono in a fashioned way
Now I revel in stereo
Peel back the caution
And away we go

Cover your rain
Cover your rain up


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CREEPING UP APPEARANCES LYRIC BLOG

Creeping. Up. Appearances. What a journey this little song has been on. It was another of those songs written in protest at my inability to finish other more important songs. I have a pretty primitive set of recording techniques which …

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Creeping. Up. Appearances.

What a journey this little song has been on. It was another of those songs written in protest at my inability to finish other more important songs.

I have a pretty primitive set of recording techniques which involve reverb and constantly adding vocal parts. This was how the first couple of verses and choruses came about.

Lyrically it is about the way that I feel politicians exploit their positions for self gain, and the correlation between the issues that MPs persue whilst in parliament and boards of companies they seem to inherit seats upon when they transcend their public service duties.

They’ll never tie their own hands either – just look at how expenses have in fact risen since that particular scandal. Pretty mad really.

The lyrics are quite oblique and wishy washy for me until the middle 8, when it gets a little more specific about the issue at hand, but that’s ok I suppose as a lot things that cause people anguish can be described fairly vaguely yet still make sense. I’m hoping that “sunshine keeping up the rain, but I don’t see you falling for that to gain” is an example of this…

The middle 8 and end came about two months after the majority of the song was written. Me and Mickey listened to it quite a bit and both agreed that it needed to go somewhere (that was as deep as we went), so while Mickey was working on Ex Cathedra, I got down to finishing it off.

Recording wise it didn’t take too long – it’s quite easy to sing so vocals were surprisingly quick for us. Mickey ended up writing a pretty tremendous percussion part which really drives the song on – he said to me “this needs to be a driving song, name a driving song…” So I said Boys of Summer. He listened to that and then wrote the part so who knows what was going through his head.

The final thing we did was to repatriate an old synth part that we’d originally written when we were producing The 1975/Big Sleep. It works really well so if you ever see them live and recognise it then don’t worry, it was only on loan.

Here are the lyrics:

Sunshine: keeping up the rain
Sunshine: keeping up the rain
But I don’t see you falling, for that to gain.

Daylight: deal at your rate
To everybody’s delight: you inebriate
But I don’t see you falling, for that to gain.

You lobby hard
Tripping on shop bought plosives
Picture this, picture this.

Four holidays, two new chalets
Paid off in a week says:
It’s a mess, it’s a mess.

Every scam, needs a new
scam to use as a ruse
Flotsam is as flotsam is.

Reset it, move on
Same mirror, old hand, new gun
Hopelessness hopelessness.

But I don’t see you falling, for that to gain.

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EX-CATHEDRA LYRIC BLOG

On a rainswept morning When I stared lost, for the first time At the designs and the centuries In my baby’s own eyes And I learnt more In this moment Than the inert rusting emotion Of my twenty odd years …

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On a rainswept morning
When I stared lost, for the first time
At the designs and the centuries
In my baby’s own eyes
And I learnt more
In this moment
Than the inert rusting emotion
Of my twenty odd years of life
I’ve got to relay
Got to relay
Got to relay
My foundations to be humankind.

That’s what happened on August 29th 2012 when I held my little boy William for the first time. It just made me think about all the craziness in the world based on ancient religious teaching, as opposed to common sense. At some point the message of just be nice to each other has been washed over by protestations relating anybody who doesn’t adhere to a pretty narrow way of living.

I think that’s what Ex-Cathedra is about really – rejecting outdated moral codes and questioning opinions on their content, not simply accepting them because of their source.

Ex-Cathedra is latin for ‘from the seat…’ and i think it is a reference to papal infallibility – the idea that what the pope says goes. It’s total insanity in the world we live in. Why can’t you express your sexuality? Why can’t women be priests and bishops and popes? Why not support contraception, with the obvious benefits to millions of people? The list goes on.

Me and Mickey wrote this song in the same place as Little Italy and it has a similar lyrical train of thought (sorry if the lyrics are indecipherable again – I get told off for this…), it is almost like it’s older brother.

It also uses an acoustic guitar as the main thrust of the rhythm part, which is quite strange for us. The middle 8 is my favourite thing we’ve done in ages at is has quite a bit of depth, means a lot to me lyrically and has a crazy little guitar solo at the end, plus the drum part Mickey has written really makes sense – it feels like it has quite a bit of purpose which is always good.

Mixing was very difficult for this song – Mickey likes to really sectionalise everything, and it was quite hard to define musical sections as the verse and choruses have the same chord progression, plus there are a lot of instruments and vocals which eat up the space. I think he got there in the end, even if he did end up leaving 10% of his mind in the song.

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We Might Come and Play in Your House

Hello everybody As you probably know, we’ve just launched the pre-order for our new album HOPE IS JUST A STATE OF MIND. It’s been quite a crazy week with lots of orders coming in, but the reaction so far has …

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Hello everybody

As you probably know, we’ve just launched the pre-order for our new album HOPE IS JUST A STATE OF MIND. It’s been quite a crazy week with lots of orders coming in, but the reaction so far has been brilliant so thanks very much.

We really wanted to keep the items available for people as normal costwise as possible, whilst also making experiences available that would get you close to what we do. The best way we think is to run these experiences as competitions.

Anybody who pre-orders an album – whether a vinyl, CD, part of gig ticket or other such bundle – will have a chance to win. These competition items will appear roughly every fortnight but don’t worry, once you’ve pre-ordered you are eligible to win. If you order in week 1, you are still in the hat for week 20′s prize.

This brings us to the first experience! We will come and play an acoustic gig in your house at some point – you can invite lots of people or only a couple, we don’t mind (as long as there is a cup of tea on the go). You can request the setlist or any other peculiarities that you fancy.

This competition is available to those pre-order before Sunday 28th Sept. At which point we’ll announce a winner. :)

If you win then don’t worry, we won’t just turn up at your house unannounced, we can work out a date that works for EVERYBODY! :)

We used to love playing house parties and the like back in the day, and it was always a buzz playing to somebody who was only a few inches away.

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a rapidly approaching TOUR

We can’t wait to get out of this garage. Mickey’s sack cloth clad walls have been closing in for about a month now and the ikea furniture is predictably starting to fumble to bits. He’s drilled a hole into his …

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We can’t wait to get out of this garage. Mickey’s sack cloth clad walls have been closing in for about a month now and the ikea furniture is predictably starting to fumble to bits. He’s drilled a hole into his downstairs toilet so he can run cables into the kitchen for recording. TIME TO GET OUT OF HERE!

So luckily, it’s rather nice that we are coming on tour to a various clobber of places in October (our favourite month). Some we haven’t been to in a while – like Wolverhampton and Norwich, and others that are familiar localities (Sheffield and Brighton).

Rehearsals start next week so we are banging away at some new tunes to put into the set along with the usuals – if you really want a specific song, give us a shout and we might just play it.

You can get tickets from the usual places, but also we have got a cheeky little offer going at our PledgeMusic page, whereby you can get both an album and a gig ticket, for a reduced price. Just to say thanks if you listen to us in more than one place.

Here are the list of dates:

Oct 20 Boston Music Room London, UK
Oct 21 Slade Rooms Wolverhampton, UK
Oct 22 Leadmill Sheffield, UK
Oct 23 Liquid Rooms Edinburgh, UK
Oct 24 Stylus Leeds, UK
Oct 25 Empire Middlesbrough, UK
Oct 27 53 Degrees Preston, UK
Oct 28 Academy2 Liverpool, UK
Oct 29 Sugarmill Stoke-On-Trent, UK
Oct 30 Waterfront Norwich, UK
Oct 31 Concorde2 Brighton, UK

That’s it really. Back to drilling.

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A Very Big Announcement

Hiya You know, this announcement has been delayed by about a month – and I think you really should know why…. A few weeks ago I had a phone call from Mickey to say i should come down to his …

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Hiya

You know, this announcement has been delayed by about a month – and I think you really should know why….

A few weeks ago I had a phone call from Mickey to say i should come down to his house, as he thought he was having a heart-attack. He was being totally serious. After a cardiogram and chest x-ray he was declared fine, but the weeks of stress and over-work leading up to this had left him in a position where combined with a couple of other physiological factors, he wasn’t very well.

He’d spent about a week on a mix for ONE song and was getting pressure from the rest of us (by that I mean me and Steve [Steve is our Marsden Rock without the erosion, he helps us run our label and is a one of the many reasons, alongside a fantastic person named Peter why we still function]) to finish it off. It is a reality of life that you have deadlines but for Mickey it is hard – he cares so much about what we do that it has to be right. Right for him, right for other people, just right. BUT: we need to hit deadlines…. you can appreciate the interminable collision along these lines that 2014 has been.

We’ve done everything this year – from researching manufacturing, to learning about making videos, to editing artwork, to making music stands dance in a stop motion idea that was rejected after a day in a garage – and that’s what makes it matter so much that we get ill… so yep, we had to delay this announcement but I would guess that you would all understand that, because we do really honestly get the sense that you really care about us too… (sorry for the overblown sentimentality, but as long as it is true then there shouldn’t be anything wrong with that).

So, we are very delighted (if not a little jaded) to announce that our third album HOPE IS JUST A STATE OF MIND is now available for PRE-ORDER from the following link (*if you are outside the UK click here*). As promised we are also releasing some new music today in the form of a new song called EX-CATHEDRA which you can hear here here hear hear here hear.

This song is from a new EP called THE SANGUINE EP, which features FOUR completely new songs. Like The Gentle EP, you’ll be able to get a limited edition PERSONALISED version, but you’ll only be able to order it if you pre-order the album (doing which will get you a cheeky little discount ;)).

We’re using a website called Pledgemusic to operate our album pre-order and there are a number of reasons why: firstly it allows you to be totally flexible in what you offer to people – we’ve often wanted to reward people who come to gigs, alongside buying t-shirts and EPs – and this page does that. We can bundle things together so that if you are buying a ticket for a gig AND an album you get it a little bit cheaper. Secondly, we make a lot of things like artwork that people never get to have – again the Pledge page will let us put items that will not be repeated – whether an original piece of artwork or a personalised song. Thirdly, one thing we liked about the system was the ability for a band to have REALLY unique experiences open to people who support them. However, the one thing that never chimed well with us was a band charging a large amount of money for such a thing – we thought it was a little cold and restricted to someone with very deep pockets. Therefore, anybody who orders a copy of HOPE IS JUST A STATE OF MIND will have the chance (the same chance as anybody else) to win one of these experiences – whether a day in the studio with us, playing percussion on an album track, having your name in the sleeve notes, or an acoustic gig in your house. We wanted these to be a thank you to people as opposed to something we sold.

We’ll updating these blogs quite a bit over the coming weeks with new bits of information about the pre-order and also, the other tracks from the EP but until then, thanks for reading this!

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