Common Things Lyric Blog

These blogs again, eh!  I would say that they are back by popular demand but about 20 people read the last lot so maybe just by demand and/or my need to let off steam a bit. Also, they are good for Mickey …

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These blogs again, eh!  I would say that they are back by popular demand but about 20 people read the last lot so maybe just by demand and/or my need to let off steam a bit.

Also, they are good for Mickey and Matt as half the time I don’t think they know what I am going on about – although Mickey definitely doesn’t read them, but if he did he would moan that I should have told him all this BEFORE we started recording the song so he would have a better idea of what was going on haha….

Anyway…

Common Things: me and Mickey (as usual) wrote this one in his garage after Mickey had been playing this riff over and over for about three weeks (it came to him in a dream I think) then we kind of adapted it into the chorus but had real problems coming up with the verses for ages.

I think what helped is that the chorus line paints a real picture of what the verses should be about – like with Jennifer or Joanna. It was just a case of filling in the bits of the story which fed from the idea of a couple being satisfied with just the simple things.

I suppose it is semi-autobiographical up to a point as I am quite a simple person and take more from the gaps than the need to fill them.. I’d like to think Jo keeps an atlas under the mattress when I am away but to be honest I am more than likely only in Swindon or somewhere so I doubt she bothers. And as for the coldsore thing well………

That line is actually from a really old song we had that went                                

“everyday she’s medically giving me coldsores                                                              

I’ve a reprieve because in two weeks I’ll be in Walsall,

she will still be lying on a carpet, thinking how could I have ever doubted him,

And the truth that lies within his skin”

But didn’t scan.

I wanted to get a mention of the arboretum in for Nathan as well, but it didn’t happen.

The song meandered quite a bit until we started playing about with it in a room with Matt Saxon and Nathan – Nathan’s hi hats are tremendous so that drove the bass line especially and we wrote the “geographical section” after getting rid of a bit that ripped off the oobeedoobbeeeedoobeees of Jennifer BUT the bit that brought it all together and made it sound finished was the percussion part that Mickey fashioned from me (badly) playing a combination of a djembe, a bottle, a bike pump and a bit snapped off an old snare drum….

We also recorded it and did the whole tracking for the album in an unfinished house in the middle of a farm which was deserted except for this old bloke called Percy who kept wondering into the studio. He used to be in a band years ago but now was just there as a voluntary farm hand and was telling us about this song called “OOOOH THE DIRTY DANCE” that he’d written haha. It was class because you would be in the middle of a take and just look up and there would be Percy just standing in a door way going “HOW’S IT GOING THEN?”.  This would have been the weirdest part of the process if it wasn’t for a 10pm sound curfew agreed with our next door neighbour Steve Staunton who knocked on the door one night….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When she first gave me coldsores

On a park bench in Walsall

I remember the feeling

As the last of the light

Dripped with might

From the palms of the evening

Like a psalm on the ceiling

Of her home, of her home

 

I love those common things I do with her

TV at six o’clock is de rigueur

Don’t need to fall apart to works of art

Don’t speak no Portuguese in the dark

 

And we can’t be romantic

Cos we don’t live in France yet

Get our kicks from the frantic

Little movements of feet

As I gallivant she keeps an atlas

Sleeping under the mattress

So I’m home, so I’m home

 

Don’t need to run along to Chittagong

Don’t need to get to Delhi or Geelong

Don’t need to throw a coin into a fountain

Don’t need to digress in the Spanish Mountains

Don’t need to trek from Santander to Bilbao

When I’ve got this better way to find out how

Cos I love those common things,

I love those common things,

I love those common things,

I love those common things.


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WORHEAD

Hey everyone, So today is the day when you can finally order a copy of our fourth album WORHEAD. Apologies for the delay in bringing it to you but we wanted to make sure everything was perfect before we put …

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Hey everyone,

So today is the day when you can finally order a copy of our fourth album WORHEAD.

Apologies for the delay in bringing it to you but we wanted to make sure everything was perfect before we put the link up. We are very passionate people about every aspect of what we do – from the first note in a song to the last dot on the artwork and so we do think it was worth the little extra time we’ve taken.

We can’t wait to start sharing the music in the next couple of weeks for what we feel like is the truest thing we’ve ever created.

For those of you not in the UK, we’ll have info on how you can order very soon 🙂

Thanks for your patience, trust and support.

x

Pre-order WORHEAD

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Feb/Mar 2017 – Tour & New Album!

Morning everybody, After 6/7/8 months of hard work and determination we are absolutely thrilled to have a couple of announcements for you this morning. In early February 2017, we will release our fourth album WORHEAD on The Smallest Label, along …

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Morning everybody,

After 6/7/8 months of hard work and determination we are absolutely thrilled to
have a couple of announcements for you this morning.

In early February 2017, we will release our fourth album WORHEAD on The Smallest
Label, along side a lovely tour of lots of parts of the UK (apologies in advance
to anywhere we’ve missed!)
Both the album pre-sale (including some very special versions) and tour tickets
will be on-sale from Friday 30th September at 10am.

Songs come alive that little bit more for us when we get to share them with you,
so the idea of playing them live and letting people hear them for the first time
is both nerve-wracking and exciting in equal measure. We look forward to
introducing them to the wild over the next few months.

The tour dates are below, but once again thank you for reading this message,
listening to and supporting our music.

x

 


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Playing a Gig Whilst Running the Great North Run….

Hello Everyone, We’ve done some fairly crazy things before – from gigs in lecture halls, trams and metros; to having a percussion line onstage and having four people play one song on a guitar, but I think this time we …

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On the 1st day of CHRSTMS my true love gave to me…

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 …

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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 of this, we get a lot of emails and messages from people yearning for little bits and pieces from the past to be recollected: whether songs to play live, videos that have disappeared OR VINTAGE T-SHIRTS….

So, in line with the annual festival that we love the most (other than Glassed and Buried) we have decided to have a very limited run of our VINTAGE t-shirts from the very beginning. We have revived the OH! LANGUAGE IS DEAD, JOANNA and ONE NIGHT IN OCTOBER with one little LOGO T there too.

Have a look here and there….. THERE/HERE

Anybody lovely person who buys a t-shirt between now and the 25th of Christmas will have a chance to win some original album artwork which we are going to give away!

Also, we have some VERY SPECIAL VINYL coming up soon, so keep an eye out for that.

In line with the requests, we might also stick a few old videos up too for reminiscent purposes.

Lots of lerve,

x
a vintage christmas

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November European Tour

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 …

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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 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:

Sat   14   Netherlands, Den Haag, Crossing Border Festival

Sun  15   Germany, Berlin, Badehaus Szimpla

Mon  16  Austria, Vienna, Chelsea

Wed 18  Germany, Hamburg, Prinzenbar

Thu  19  Germany, Haldern, Pop Bar

Fri    20  France, Paris, Les Etoiles, HOWL Festival

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,

x

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A Couple of Extra Summer Sojourns

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 …

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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 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

GUILFORD – http://www.seetickets.com/event/little-comets/the-boileroom/896242

Thanks a lot 🙂

x


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Cheeky update feat. big favour

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 …

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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 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.

a)b)c)

x


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