Marking the midpoint in a 14-date tour, the Little Comets came to Sheffield to show the locals how to party. Catfish and the Bottlemen proved to be a great supporting act, working the crowd until everyone could feel the music in their hearts and in their breath.
Wednesday nights are difficult to work with in any industry – it’s just far enough away from the weekend for anyone to lose hope of a good night out – but the Little Comets fought bravely to defeat those mid-week blues and put on a concert that blew the dark clouds away. (Quite literally – today was the first sunny day Sheffield had seen in a while.)
The night started loud and it had no plans to turn down the volume. Catfish and the Bottlemen are an explosive force of nature from Llandudno and they certainly made a good impression on the bright Leadmill crowd. ‘Homesick’ proved to be a favourite, beginning almost delicately before charging up to a fierce ruckus that could be heard halfway across the industrial city.
The Little Comets soon took to the stage, ready to satisfy the hungry crowd who craved the chaos of a good gig. Local friends The Crookes could even be seen in the audience, showing their loyalty to a band they supported on tour last April.
Their set can best be described by my observations of the couple standing in front of me. They were very drunk and very in love; singing their hearts out at the band before them. It was a delight to see – the Little Comets have a strong following and deserve to have every song sung back at them with drunken fervour.
Once the set was up, the crowd were left wanting more, and the boys were soon dragged out for an impressive encore. If every Wednesday night is like this then I want to party in Sheffield more often. Highlights of the set include ‘Joanna’, ‘One Night in October’, and ‘Adultery’ – all of which created a somewhat frenzied energy that rippled through Leadmill like a mysterious spell.
If the Little Comets play like this every night then I wonder how they survive a two week tour – but it’s easy. They’re doing it for their fans, and they’re doing it for themselves.
So, here’s my advice: go and see the Little Comets play. You won’t regret it.
15th February – CAMBRIDGE – Junction
16th February – BRIGHTON – Concorde 2
17th February – PORTSMOUTH – Wedgewood Rooms
18th February – BATH – Komedia
20th February – LONDON – Electric Ballroom
21th February – NEWCASTLE – Academy