Every Monday we will be bringing you an unsigned singer or band as part of our Independent Music Monday feature. This week, we caught up with Rob from Little Comets find out more about them...
Who is in the band, how did you meet, where are you from and how did you come up with the band name?
We are Mickey, Matt and myself (Rob). We come from Newcastle-upon-Tyne and its surrounding areas and our band name is an anagram of our relatives' initials.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
I think we all love a wide variety of music – our parents always had music on when we were growing up whether Carole King, The Beatles, David Bowie, Paul Simon, Lou Reed, Fleetwood Mac or just about anything they could find. Then we had enquiring minds so started discovering bits and bobs for ourselves – The Smiths, Bob Dylan, Annie Lennox, Kate Rusby – just everything really. Our influences now are specific, panoramic and everything in between.
How would you describe your sound?
Just the moulded assertions of whatever pops out of our brains when we are writing music. Mickey produces everything, so has a very tough job of capturing it and making it sound lucid. We tend to write lyrics after the musical event so despite the positive sounding melodies, there is often a darker subject matter beneath.
What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
It’s called M62 and I suppose the influence is best described here:
What’s your local music scene like?
Haha, I don’t really know… we have little ones so we don’t really go to gigs. I listen to a lot of BBC Introducing though and there are so many talented artists all across the UK who have the confidence to make music and express themselves, which is brilliant.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
We’re just going to release quite a few different songs in different formats – a 7 inch, an EP and an album. Also, we’re going to be playing quite a few festivals in the UK and in Europe.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
Erm… loads of people. Jonathan Safran Foer, Carol Anne Duffy, Bjork, me Dad and Miss Prior.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
I think a lot of our live performances are funny stories in themselves, but in a really endearing way.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about your band?
Don’t believe the lack of hype.