Little Comets - Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh, Fri 7 Feb 2014
- Miranda Heggie
- 14 February 2014
The Geordie indie trio blend bouncy, syncopated rhythms with witty, socially conscious lyrics
Since forming five years ago, the Geordie trio Little Comets has apparently gained a bit of a cult following amongst Edinburgh’s indie kids, made manifest by the fact that Friday night’s gig at Cabaret Voltaire had been a sell-out for weeks. Opening with the punchy ostinato that forms the backbone to ‘A Little Opus’, the lead track from the band’s second album Life is Elsewhere gets their set off to a running start, as the crowd dances ceaselessly to a mix of songs taken from their past two albums. Tracks like the fast-paced, driven 'Joanna' or the impossibly catchy 'Worry' make it hard not to. But scratch the surface of their bouncy, syncopated rhythms and peppy blend of indie-pop and you’ll find these boys really do have something to say, with witty and inventive lyrics tackling social injustice, economic recession and everyday sexism.
Showcasing a couple of tracks from their upcoming EP, ‘The Gentle’, their new single 'Little Italy' plays with modal tonalities layered with slightly sparse chords and spiky rhythms, while track ‘The Blur, The Line and The Thickest of Onions’ features doleful, almost haunting a capella sections from lead vocalist Robert Coles, which works remarkably well in this size of venue. In fact, given the intimacy of the space, a couple of stripped down, more acoustic versions of some of their better known tracks might have been welcome, since all of their set-list was played just as it is on the albums. Mind you, the albums do sound pretty great.