photos by Mathieu Betard
Almost 6 years after our last bay area gig Comets On Fire are proud to announce we will be blasting the doors off the White Horse Inn in Oakland, California on November 26th (tickets here) and the Netil House in London, England on November 29th (tickets here). There are also just a handful of tickets left for the Loop ATP festival where we are also appearing on Saturday November 30th (tickets here).
Here's the full(er) story detailed in Gold Star's press release including some music links from our four official albums at the bottom!
Also worthy of note: Silver Current still has a few copies of the handmade, limited edition Comets "live at the Knitting Factory, NYC" available here. See ya at the gigs!
COMETS ON FIRE
Confirm their First Shows in Five Years including
ATP's Netil House Takeover and End of An Era Part 2
Coming out of a 4 year hiatus, Comets On Fire came together again in 2012 serving as Ben Chasny's backing band for the Six Organs of Admittance album, Ascent. During the sessions a flame of inspiration was rekindled for Comets itself and the band subsequently continued to write and jam new music together.
Comets On Fire will be playing their first show together since 2008 next month at the White Horse Inn on 26th November in Oakland California. The band will then head to the UK where they will headline ATP's “Netil House Take Over” in London’s on 29th November following up with a performance at ATP’s “End of An Era Part 2” on 30th November.
Ethan Miller (guitar/vocals) and Ben Flashman (bass) formed Comets on Fire just prior to the turn of the century in the drug-infested hippie town of Santa Cruz, California. Their original intent was to create a rock group free of commercial pretensions or genre trend; one that simply dealt in pure bombast, attack, overwhelming distortion and chaos, and yet possessing a shameless love for anthemic choruses, shattering hooks and riffs, and the smoke and magic of yesteryears’ rock and roll iconoclasts.
With a line up augmented by Noel Harmonson (savage analog electronicist and vocal echoplex player), Utrillo Kushner (drums) and Ben Chasny (also known as Six Organs of Admittance - equal parts madman and genius folk hero) on second guitar the band have released a number of albums since their self titled debut in 2000 including Field Recordings From The Sun (BaDa Bing!), Blue Cathedral (Sub Pop) and Avatar (Sub Pop) the band carved out the modern template of what can only be described as a sonic shitstorm - an unbreakable stone groove of telepathic rock improvisation.
Writing on their blog, Says Miller, “We feel that Barry Hogan and the ATP co. have played a great part in the success and general “fun” of Comets on Fire and we want to ride that holiday camp train one more time. We have great Technicolor memories of the holiday camp festivals put on by ATP and not just the moments on stage or palling around with other artists in a drunken haze but also Utrillo swinging from the chandelier in our chalet until it dislodges from the ceiling and sends him flying down on the glass table top, kids we’ve never seen before storming our trailer apartment at 3am and then kicking the bathroom door open because they couldn’t figure out how to open it (yes, it was locked, someone was inside (multiple people actually, passed out), spending long days off laying around on the picnic benches in the courtyard drinking wine and eating English cheese fresh off the southern farms and of course seeing some of the most astounding band lineups in the history of rock music crammed into one weekend on 3 different stages. I believe in the day and a half we were at the last ATP Comets attended I saw the Stooges, Sonic Youth, The Melvins, Peter Brotzmann, Flipper, Sun City Girls, Dinosaur Jr—and that’s with falling asleep early the first night due to drunkenness and jet lag and leaving at dawn Sunday morning…the shit that a fan can see with a 3 day pass and a blood transfusion on the morning of the 3rd day is absolutely mind boggling.
So anyhow, we’re doing it again. Fuck it!!! ATP is a blast, see you there.”
2000 LP Comets On Fire (s/t) Self Released
2002 LP/CD Field Recordings from the Sun BaDa Bing!
2002 CD Comets on Fire (s/t reissue) Alternative Tentacles
2004 CD/LP Blue Cathedral Sub Pop
2006 CD/LP Avatar Sub Pop
Band Blog: http://cometsonfire.tumblr.com
Soundcloud Tracks from ‘Avatar’ and ‘Blue Cathedral’
Soundcloud Tracks from ‘Field Recordings from the Sun’ and ‘Comets On Fire’