Artist of the Week: Little Comets

Posted on July 24, 2012 by

Victoria Abraham defines one up and coming artist each week so you can impress your friends with your musical brilliance. This week, she tackles Little Comets, an indie rock trio from Jarrow and Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Dig out your best hipster shoes and adjust your black-rimmed fake glasses, because Little Comets are the latest British indie rock group to make sweet love to your ears. With a slew of tours around the UK and a pending second album, they are definitely worth a listen.

Origins: Jarrow and Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England

Band members: Robert Coles (lead vocals, guitar), Michael Coles (lead guitar, backing vocals), Matthew Hall (bass, backing vocals). But it’s also all about nicknames with this band, Michael is Mickey and Matt is “the cat.”

Known for: They’ve been described as playing “kitchen sink indie,” whatever that means. But we love their clever lyrics, Robert’s unique voice, and the overall guitar-heavy sound.

Used in a sentence: “Even when they’re singing about arguments and worries, the Little Comets make you want to dance.”

File next to: Dutch Uncles, Frankie & The Heartstrings

Listen to now: Their acoustic version of “Jennifer.”

Fun facts: Little Comet’s manager is former professional soccer player Ugo Ehiogu.

Robert and Michael are brothers, who bonded with Matt over a mutual appreciation of David Bowie.

The band is currently in search of a drummer, after the departure of Mark Harle… so if you know anyone who’s interested.


2008: They were signed to Columbia Records.

2009: They released their debut single “One Night in October” on vinyl. That same year, they released their second single “Adultery.”

2011: They released their debut album, In Search of Elusive Little Comets and their EP, Worry. 

2012: Their second album, Life is Elsewhere was made available for pre-order on June 20, 2012.

Notable lyrics: In “One Night in October,” the trio sings about a relationship full of arguments and angry shopping sprees.

Oh language is dead/So she believes/I’m looking up/Socially bereaved/Just like Carlisle/She lies on the border/Disorder surrounds/Her every noun/One Night In October/ The clocks go back/And she attacks me oh/Grabbing my left shoulder/Suspects in texts/that leave her wrecked-uh-oh/One night in October/

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