- Tue, 2010-10-26 17:03
Sunderland’s Little Comets have made a name for themselves on the underground and blog circuits as purveyors of jauntily angular indie-pop; big choruses delivered with big smiles. Their latest single, however, shows a different side to the band. Exchanging the afro-beat rhythms for a more sombre tempo, Isles is a weighty song that crackles with atmosphere. The band’s staccato sensibility remains perfectly in tact, and the tune represents less a change of style than a demonstration that the idiosyncratic Little Comets sound can be used to conjure a variety of moods.
The video that accompanies the single is a highly cinematic and poignant portrayal of the nation about which the band are singing – Britain. The central lyric of the song runs “In the B R I T, I say British Isles, the streets are bleak, the kids are running wild,” and the images that drift across the screen provide apposite visual representation of that thought, ending with a shredded Union Jack flapping in the wind.
By showing off a different dimension to their character - and doing so with such aplomb - Little Comets have confirmed themselves as one of the most exciting new indie bands around today.