Comets on Fire are Ethan Miller (guitar, vocals), Noel Harmonson (echoplex), Ben Flashman (bass), Ben Chasny (guitar), and Utrillo Kushner (drums). Since forming in Santa Cruz, California in 1999 this band have been destroying audiences with their fiercely anti commercial acid-freakout rock and roll. Ethan Miller in fact states that: “audiences should be left exhausted and abused by the intensity of our attack, and if they don’t like us then they should be punished even worse.” He even claims in the same interview with Doug Mosurock (See the most recent issue of Plan B) that Jefferson Airplane’s “Surrealistic Pillow” was one the first records that got him interested in psychedelic music – Do I need to continue? No? Well, I’m going to anyway…
No doubt many of you have bought into hype surrounding their new release: Blue Cathedral. It successfully weds Led Zeppelin guitar play with The Stooges and ends up sounding a lot like Simply Saucer: Only a lot heavier. Actually, words like ‘heavy’ don’t even end up as suitable adjectives. This band seem to be genuinely redefining noise at the moment: even if the do make homages that hint at the exact opposite. But for those like myself, who have been left quite literally hungry for more then well look no further than their earlier releases. If you were left bemused and even frightened by the “sound” of Blue Cathedral then their self-titled album will quite simply blow you away. Their sound has definitely evolved since their releases, but they still rock the hell out. Tracks like Graverobbers, and Got a Feelin are just pure filth, with Noel Harmonson on Echoplex, joining Ethan Miller on Vocals and Guitars. They sound a lot more like a punk band on this album, but their frequently drawn out jamming, and use of the echoplex always leaves you second-guessing and slighting unhinged.
Comets On Fire – Graverobbers