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Newcastle indie-rock outfit Little Comets release their latest single and first release of 2021 entitled Total Abject Paranoia. A finely crafted, beautifully produced, thought/foottap-inducing track that paints a picture of what might be if we don’t start challenging the politics of fear (you know, the stuff you see when you flick on the television or log on to your computer). 

To cheer you up, in these dystopian times, Rob Coles tells us all about the band’s top five Metro stations…

5. Pelaw – this station is beautifully symmetrical with masonry to die for. A nice chippie is close by, plus for Jarrovians it offers the opportunity to hop off, miss out Hebburn, get off at Fellgate and walk home. Loses points for not having a blue plaque as homage to local luminary Trev Gibb.

4. Gateshead – a brutalist dream, with Communist architecture and another tasty central platform to match. Almost impossible to escape from the ‘spekkies’ here but holds the greatest northbound exit from a Metro tunnel, out over the Tyne on exit. Needs a plaque for our old drummer David Greenie Green though.

3. Manors – the New York metro station, complete with angry rats and the ability to abuse passengers on the other side of the platform at will. Allegedly Ridley Scott brainstormed for Blade Runner by continuously riding a loop between Monument-Manors and Byker. Gets extra points for still turning up to work everyday despite nobody ever using it.

2. Percy Main – the only metro station named after a person. Percy, a pigeon botherer from Shiremoor, won a competition to name the station (it was actually 3rd prize in a 1980 meat raffle at The Redburn) and decided to make it eponymous. Unbelievably it is also the busiest metro station in the world with over 120 million passengers a year!

1. Jarrow – THE undiscovered gem of Northern Europe, coyly played down by the announcer – change here for “local bus services”, when really there is SO much more. The station itself is a forgotten UNESCO heritage site – two working bridges, the odd tree, ticket machines that still work despite the vandalism, and proximity to the Viking Centre. Who could ask for more?

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