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Editors’ Notes

This British indie rock band led by guitarist/singer David Feck explores the age-old connections of garage rock, psych-pop, punk, and post-punk with a literate heart. The guitars distort and scream. The organ pumps like it was recovered from Question Mark & The Mysterians’ “96 Tears,” while the singing is inspired by the deliberate messiness of Nikki Sudden and The Jacobites. Former Orange Juice leader Edwyn Collins and The Cribs’ Ryan Jarman add their insights to an album that salutes the memory of Una Baines (The Fall’s first of many keyboardists) in the dense and captivating “Yoona Baines,” as well as Herbert Huncke (an early influence on the Beat Generation) in the appropriately named and expletive-heavy “Herbert Huncke, Pt. 2.” Feck deals like Lou Reed on the rambling “Some of Us Don’t Want to Be Saved.” There’s a real rescued-from-the-gutter feel to tunes such as “In a Lonely Place,” “She Had Daydreams,” and “A Memorial for Nobody I Know.” It’s touching, bittersweet, and close to the streets.

Customer Reviews

Arguably their best yet...

Might get some arguments from those who love Realistes or City Fallen Leaves but to me this is Comet Gain's finest LP to date. All the touchstones are there: the almost winners and miserable losers, references to obscure pop stars (Yoona Baines) and old films, and that beautiful crippling nostalgia that David Christian does better than anyone out there. This time around the production keeps things from letting the proceedings veer off into the red while still maintaining the Gain's fierce edge. No band these days can sound like the Fall and the Go-Betweens often within the confines of one song and make it sound downright beautiful. There are raging rockers (Working Circle Explosive, Herbert Huncke Part2) nestled nicely among heart beaking ballads (She Had Daydreams, Some of Us Don't Want to Be Saved). The stand-out track for me is An Arcade From the Warm Rain That Falls, a lovely mid-tempo ballad that showcases Christian's songwriting to its fullest. Clever and heartbreaking, Comet Gain makes losers of us all and keeps us coming back for more.


Formed: 1992

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Led by guitarist and vocalist David Feck (aka David Bower and David Christian), Comet Gain are a British indie pop band whose music is a freewheeling, literate fusion of folk-rock, twee pop, garage rock, R&B, punk, and any number of points in between. The first edition of Comet Gain was formed in 1992; Feck initially conceived the group as a trio with bassist George Wright and drummer Phil Sutton, but the band truly found its sound the following year, when Jax Coombes replaced Wright on bass...
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