The indie rock band return to Nottingham to promote their new album, Hope is Just a State of Mind, featuring hidden gems: Hippo Campus.
Edgy gig venue and club Rescue Rooms hosted Newcastle trio Little Comets on Monday night, who captivated fans with their new music and pleased the crowd by playing old favourites.
Doors opened at 6:30, and first up were support act Hippo Campus – the highlight of the night. I love discovering new music and especially finding bands that aren’t well known before anyone else! From Minnesota, USA, the rock band formed in 2013 and have since been slowly creeping onto the radar. They were incredibly enthusiastic and demonstrated particularly interesting and wavy dance moves, but this only added to the euphoric vibes they gave off. This amazing stage presence combined with their chilled out, quirky music contributed to the buzzing atmosphere which was contagious throughout the crowd.
It’s hard to decide which song I was drawn to most (they were all so catchy and likeable) but among my favourites of Hippo Campus’ songs were Suicide Saturday, South and Violet.
You can visit their website here, or listen to them on Spotify.
Little Comets kicked off to an already pumped up audience and reminded me why I like them so much with their down to earth chat and a better live sound than anything they could put across digitally. It’s always disappointing when a band you like are worse live than on your laptop, but this certainly was not the case.
One of my favourite aspects of the band was their style, admittedly the rather jazzy jumper that guitarist Michael Coles was wearing (see below pic).
Little Comets consist of lead singer Robert Coles, guitarist and back up vocalist Michael Coles and bass guitarist Mathew Hall. Originally from Tyne&Wear, they released their debut single One Night in October in 2009 and have since released two albums, In Search of Elusive Little Comets and Life is Elsewhere.
Their new and third album was released on the 16th February and is now available on iTunes.Hope is Just a State of Mind is fitting with the abstractness of previous albums and theme of bubbly, eclectic fusions of sounds but with a more updated feel. I like Don’t Fool Yourself and Salt.
My all time Little Comets favourites are Joanna, Jennifer and One Night in October… and Dancing Song, obviously. They made a wise decision to play out on this and I managed to film it (ignore the very poor quality).
After such an impressive set and taster of their new album I would buy tickets to watch either bands again live in a heartbeat.