Newcastle indie-rock outfit Little Comets are heading out on a UK tour this month and have also just released their new single, ‘M62’, so Johnathan Ramsay caught up with them to find out more.
You had a busy 2017, but what was your highlight of the year?
For me, it was the birth of my daughter in early January; watching her grow and become a part of our family and play with my little boy who is five has been absolutely incredible. We’ve actually all become Dads either for the first time or a multiple time this year, so I think that has defined everything really – the rest is just a blur.
You’ve recently been recording some new tracks in mainland Europe…what was the reason for recording over there?
I think we just wanted to interrupt routine and see what would happen. I think too that because we were linguistically out of our comfort zone we had to really focus on the internal. Plus, the croissants are better.
Did anything about your recording locations inspire your songwriting?
That’s quite hard to answer because I think a lot of the time we try to let the reasons for decisions and expression just be totally natural but yes, definitely. The surroundings help mould the recordings, but I couldn’t really tell you how.
You’ve recently released your new single ‘M62’…was that song inspired by personal experience of a long-distance relationship?
Haha, I have no clue…it just popped out while we were writing it. I think it was more because I like geography and roads, plus we have been across the M62 quite a bit. I suppose it is unique as a scar that literally bisects the country in quite a dramatic way; it is an attempt to conquer nature in a way that highlights the confidence and arrogance of humanity.
You’re currently working on your fifth album…how’s that coming on?
Yeah, good. It’s quite usual for us in the sense that we are quite happy in our bubble – we just write songs and record them and see what happens. Using different locations is nice too, though, because we have to adapt to environments and situations. Mickey has plans to record in caves near Andorra so that will be interesting.
You’re on tour this month, so what’s your favourite thing about being on the road?
At the minute we actually catch up on sleep being away haha. Other than that, it is a lovely indication to us of how lucky we are. Our gigs are quite simple…we play songs to people and that simplicity is amazing. To be able to play our songs (which are quite personal things) to people who want to hear them is very touching.
Do you have any pre-show rituals to get you ready for going on stage?
I think that I have the strangest ritual but I think it is pretty normal, just everyone else finds it quite humorous – I have a shower haha. I just think that it is the most important part of the day so I need to feel clean when I go onstage. It sometimes drives them mad when they’re setting up the stage and I’m washing my armpits but, you know, I have to have some sort of singer’s indulgence.
And finally, what’s the strangest thing that’s ever happened to you whilst on stage?
Wow, that is a testing question as there are quite a few. Matt broke his foot in America so had to perform on a barstool for half of the tour and then the other half hopping about; Nathan (our drummer) looked at the setlist and had completely forgotten how a song went so, during ‘Bridge Burn’, he went on YouTube to listen to the next song to remember his part; I’ve forgotten starting lyrics before so had to pretend I was fixing a mic stand in order to look at them (they are written on the equipment [not for that reason haha]), and stage invasions are always good – these two people were backstage once at a festival and just decided to make our dressing room their home and they were a little on the obnoxious side, telling us which songs to play and what not, saying we had to dedicate such and such a song and that we had to give them a shout out onstage so, after about five songs, we gave them a shout out by saying that they wanted to propose to each other onstage. To be fair, they played along and it was a really uplifting moment of total fakery. Ah wow, this is turning into a therapy session.
Little Comets plays the 02 Academy, Newcastle on Saturday 21st April. Tickets, priced at, are available from £15.00 (plus booking fee) are available from seetickets.com.