Indie rock band Little Comets are hoping their success continues with the release of their third album.
The group released Hope Is Just A State Of Mind, the follow up to In Search of Elusive Little Comets and Life is Elsewhere, in February.
The album reflects a different direction for the trio as the songs are much more personal than those on their previous releases. Lead singer and guitarist Rob said: “We started recording the album in December 2013 and it took about 13 months to finish it. We already had quite a lot of songs written so decided to release 3 EPs as well as an album.
“Initially, Micky wanted to release them all within a year but we decided to push the date of the album back because we wanted to get it right and didn’t want to rush it for the sake of getting it out.”
“We’re really happy with it, so we’re just looking forward to everyone hearing it. We’ve built up quite a loyal fan base over the years and we can’t wait to find out what they think.
“It’s quite representative of our lives right now as the album is a chronicle of the last 15 months of the band’s life. It’ll be good to look back on it in a few years time and remember what our lives were like back then.”
Hope is Just A State of Mind has the trademark sound of the band but their increased confidence in writing and recording music has resulted in a progression in their lyrics. The twelve-track album includes songs covering the feelings of parenthood in My Boy William, to the political patronisation of communities in B&B and police failings regarding domestic violence in Wherewithal.
Little Comets were formed in 2008 by Rob (vocals and lyrics), his brother Michael (guitar), Matthew Hall (bass) and Mark Harle (drums) in Jarrow, South Tyneside.
The band received attention quickly and signed to major label Columbia records in early 2009. Unfortunately, their relationship with Columbia was turbulent and this resulted in the label dropping them before the release of their debut album.
The lads were then signed by independent label, Dirty Hit, who released their first and second albums, but then the band decided to go it alone. Now a three-piece – Mark Harle left the band in 2011 – Little Comets are happy not being signed to a label.
“We have so much more freedom with our music when we’re not on a label. We’re now writing and recording songs that we want to produce and we’re a lot more confident about the whole process. We prefer to take our time writing material and if we struggle with one particular track we move onto another one and then come back to it,” explains Rob.
“We feel it is important to produce our own music as it shows how passionate we are about our material and we can’t wait to go on tour as it will be first time we’ve played the songs together. As we always record our albums separately, each band member records their parts for each track and then we build the album up. It’s quite a unique process but it works for us.”
To celebrate the release of Hope is Just A State of Mind, Little Comets are heading out on a 13-date tour across the UK, ending with a homecoming gig at Newcastle’s O2 Academy, on March 14.
Tickets for the O2 Academy gig cost £14.06 and doors open at 6pm. To book, go to www.o2academynewcastle.co.uk or call the box office on 0844 477 2000.