By Tom George
After being forced to cancel their previous five shows due to lead singer Rob Coles having lost his voice, there was an understandable sense of trepidation as Little Comets took to the 53 Degrees stage at around 9:45pm, to kick off their UK tour.
With an army of devoted fans eagerly in wait after performances from support acts Gallery Circus, and UCLan’s very own Saytr Play, the Tyne & Wear trio opened their set with the vibrant sounding ‘Tense/Empty’.
By the end of the next song, the rather aptly named One Night In October, any worries regarding possible vocal issues had been firmly put to rest. However, Coles did allude to his recent illness at various points throughout the set, and apologised to the crowd for “his voice not being there”.
Fan favourites such as A Little Opus, Dancing Song and Jennifer were all well received with the band also revealing that the latter’s music video was filmed backstage at the venue when they played there a few years ago.
The band enchanted the crowd with their distinctive style of indie rock with particular highlights including slick renditions of Joanna and Bridge Burn, as well as the extremely affecting The Blur, The Line and the Thickest of Onions which confronts the issue of misogyny within popular music with heartfelt and intense lyrics full of piercing clarity.
The set came to a close with the song ‘In Blue Music We Trust’, from the band’s 2012 album ‘Life Is Elsewhere’, rounding off a thoroughly enjoyable evening for all.
Two things that immediately stand out about Little Comets are their modesty and humility. This was typified by the fact that less than five minutes after leaving the stage, lead guitarist Michael Coles was outside distributing flyers in order to promote the new album ‘Hope Is Just a State Of Mind’ which is set to be released in the new year.