H&H// LIVE: LITTLE COMETS, THE CROOKES, ELIZA & THE BEAR – SHEPHERD’S BUSH EMPIRE – 10/04/13

Originally posted on Hooting & Howling

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After kicking off the second stint on the back of their second album ‘Life Is Elsewhere’ in Nottingham, Little Comets, along with cracking supports, headed to a packed London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire and crashed into the indie, so to speak.

First support came from Eliza & The Bear, an outfit that have been floating around for a while now with a collection of brilliant singles that were much the same live – the euphoria of Mumford & Sons and the sound of a calming Two Door Cinema Club – nothing too innovative but nothing bad either. Their latest single is out now.

Penultimately, we had The Crookes, undoubtedly one of the best bands around – they are the 21st century’s answer to northern soul after all. They played a ‘Hold Fast’ – H&H’s own album of the year – heavy set fuelled by dancing energy that was seemingly lapped up by the crowd. Tracks off the earlier albums too kept the atmosphere at a high and despite what seemed like an incredibly short set for a band of such high calibre, they stormed off stage successfully – a hard act to follow before the headliners themselves had even made an appearance.

Little Comets soon took to the stage and thundered into ‘Tricolour’ – one of the most overlooked tracks from 2009’s debut LP ‘In Search Of Elusive Little Comets’, that assured plenty of dancing and madness setting the overall tone for the night. The set then divulged in recent additions such as ‘Tense/Empty’ and ‘Violence Out Tonight’, which live seemed more extended and instrumental swaying types, causing interjections of hits like ‘One Night In October’ to be welcomed with more open arms and itching dancing feet than usual. An experimental slowed version of ‘Matilda’ too went down a treat before the set continued in much the same route as the previous with ‘Bridge Burn’, ‘W-O-E’ and ‘Adultery’ – then ‘Isles’ took the entire Empire and turned it into a mass sing-along of very, very drunk people having a good time, as all bands aim to do – even if there were a few interjections of fights and Rob Coles’ incoherent mumbling.

Just when things seemed to be starting to drag, ‘Dancing Song’ was unleashed, and lived entirely up to its name before one last sing-along of ‘Joanna’ and ‘In Blue Music We Trust’ closed the set, a strange closer but fitting nonetheless.

A set of almost the entirety of ‘Life Is Elsewhere’ was completely expected, but with some highly lacking in energy, you can’t help but feel they were a bit outshined by The Crookes’ blinding support. Regardless, Little Comets are onto a winner, and LP3 may just be a good one to watch.

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