UP-AND COMING Indie band Little Comets are set to soar with the release of their third album.
The group – made up of Jarrow brothers Rob and Mickey Coles and Washington’s Matt Hall – is set to release Hope Is Just A State Of Mind on February 16.
The lads are also heading out on tour across the UK, ending with a gig at Newcastle’s O2 Academy, on March 14.
Lead singer and guitarist Rob said: “We finished the album at the start of January and since then we’ve been trying to have a bit of time off with our families, but it feels like we’re busier than ever now.
“The one thing we haven’t really done is rehearse how we’re going to play the songs live, so we’ll be getting together to start rehearsals soon.
“We’re looking forward to the tour because that’ll be the first time we’ve played the songs together.
“Even though on the album it’s together, it’s all recorded separately.
“We feel really good now that we’ve finished the album and it’s a bit of a weight off.
“We’re really happy with it, so we’re just looking forward to everyone hearing it and finding out what everyone thinks.
“It’s quite exciting to put the songs up online and get people’s reactions to them.
“We kept putting the date back and back on it because we wanted to get it right and didn’t want to rush it for the sake of getting it out.
“It’s quite representative of our lives right now and how our opinions about things. It’ll be good to look back on in 10 to 15 years time and remember what our lives were like back then.”
Rob, 31, added: “We’re starting the tour with four or five really small gigs where people can choose the set list.
“We did one like that in Newcastle in November and it was really good. We asked people on the way in to write down a song they wanted to hear and put it in a tub and we picked them out at random and played them as they came out.
“It was really interesting because we usually spend ages figuring out the best order to play the songs in and there were some coming out that we’d never usually play after each other. It was a really good atmosphere.
“We always like ending the tour in Newcastle and going out afterwards to celebrate but it’ll be different this time.
“It’s Mickey’s little boy’s third birthday the day after, so we’ll be coming off stage and getting in the car with our mam and dad and driving straight home – not exactly rock ‘n’ roll.”
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.