English band, Little Comets, have released their sophomore album, Life Is Elsewhere last fall (2012) and are currently on tour with Atlas Genius and Family of the Year. Their music has been described as "kitchen sink indie music," but I prefer it to a non-traditional type of indie music that is unique and approachable. Lead singer, Robert Coles, has a distinctive voice that is not common among the indie-rock thread scene, which makes them a band making a true and genuine sound all their own.
Little Comets chatted with us about their approach to the recording of their recent album, why they play and perform music, how they connect their music to an audience, and more musical goodness. Read on to discover what you may not know about Little Comets:
Were there any big differences or changes in the recording process for Life Is Elsewhere?
Little Comets: Yes actually the process was totally different. Much of the first album was written in a rehearsal room with our drummer present - it meant that we couldn't be as experimental or as rhythmically different as we wanted. You'd have to constantly stop and edit parts so we ended up with songs that reflected this way of working. Plus the songs were written and recorded separately.
For Life is Elsewhere the writing and recording took place simultaneously, all in the confines of a bedroom - me and Mickey would just play through and ideas and develop them that way. It felt pretty boundless as we didn't have to stop and explain changes to each (I'd drive the chords and time signatures while Mickey would play the melodic lines). It also meant that if we hit a wall creatively we could focus on a different aspect of the song - a guitar line, programming a drum part, backing vocals etc. It helped keep the process quite a fresh and produce a pretty different sounding album.
What drew each of you to play and perform music?
Little Comets: I think we all come from households where music is a part of life - all our parents love listening to music from Lou Reed, to the Beatles, to Paul Simon, to Linda Ronstadt so having a constant soundtrack to growing up was the norm. For me and Mickey (we're brothers), our Dad used to write songs as a hobby so when we picked up instruments we wanted to emulate him so we'd try to come up with a tune ourselves. The performance aspect came a lot later but I think we had some pretty inspirational teachers at school who encouraged us to connect the two...
What has been your favorite place to tour thus far?
Little Comets: We love the diversity of being away, especially in a new country for us like the US. It's lovely to arrive in a new city and to go and explore, although sometimes you can't help look for familiarity or a connection with home... it's quite strange in that sense. Of the places we've been so far we've found positive and distinct aspects in each one - whether finding a chilled out coffee shop in New York, looking for Prince in Minneapolis or eating frozen custard in Chicago, each day brings its little bit of magic.
How do you connect your music while performing to an audience?
Little Comets: Of all the performers we enjoy the thing that connects them is authenticity and an honest performance - I think you need to let the passion that you have for your music show. Trying to make the song connect in that moment with people is a lovely challenge and I suppose we just to try to focus on the important things in our lives and let them drive our music and movement onstage. Also, if the song has a narrative then I like to almost feel like I'm in the spaces between the words. I know that sounds a little weird but it's how I feel sometimes onstage - like I'm in with the words...
What was your first concert and do you have a favorite?
Little Comets: Oh that's such a hard question.... first concert was a band called Wet Wet Wet in Newcastle when I was little... We used to idolise a band from the North East called the.embassy - we would religiously go to their gigs - amazing players, catchy songs, taut lyrics. In small venues, up close it was exhilarating.
Do you have a guilty music or entertainment pleasure?
Little Comets: Haha not guilty pleasures but we all love a bit of the 80s - it helps the van to trundle along at 3am in the morning. Anything with a Mutt Lange snare.
Is there any music that makes you cringe?
Little Comets: No, just turn off the radio.
Little Comets is:
Robert Coles- lead singer
Michael Coles- lead guitar
Matthew Hall- bass
Purchase Little Comets' newest album, Life Is Elsewhere HERE. Purchase tickets for Little Comets performance for $20 at Center Stage's door. For more information about the show, click HERE. Show starts at 8:30 p.m.
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