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Conceived in the fallout from the breakup of the relationship between Comas leader Andy Herod and Dawson’s Creek star Michelle Williams, Conductor dwells not on the self-pity of lost love, but instead creates its own kind of wounded grandeur through a collage of alt-rock influences. From the caustic rush of “Invisible Drugs” to the power pop of “Employment,” Conductor proves that breakup albums aren’t always about moaning vocals and acoustic guitars (although Herod covers that area with the spare-yet-sweet “Falling”). There are those songs that follow Herod’s distinctive vision of fuzzed-out indie pop —“The Science of Your Mind,” “Moonrainbow” and “The Last Transmission” fall midway between the Technicolor expanses of the Flaming Lips and the candy punch of Cheap Trick. And it all culminates on “Tonight on the WB,” a metaphysical lament about watching one’s girlfriend act out a breakup on television at the same time she is engaged in a real-life breakup with you. The breakup song form has never been put through a more bizarrely postmodern—yet affecting—prism.

Customer Reviews

real good

the comas are great, you should definitely download a ton of their songs. buy sweet sweet 69 as well. love it.

It is a cruel injustice....

that The Comas are not more popular than Coldplay. This record, though a little saccharine at times, is pretty much as good as indie-pop gets.

Great Album

This is my first album I have heard from The Comas and I just might have a favorite new band. The album is so easy to listen to and I can almost be in any mood to hear it. Definetly recommend for someone looking who has never heard of The Comas.


Formed: 1998 in Chapel Hill, NC

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

The Comas formed in Chapel Hill, NC, in March 1998 as a joke country band, a sort of counterweight to the hyped No Depression movement. Before long, however, both the "joke" and the "country" parts of the concept were eliminated, thus allowing the band to develop into a quirky alternative rock outfit. The Comas' respectable 1999 debut, Wave to Make Friends, was comprised of sleepy (but not lethargic) indie pop and off-kilter boy-and-girl vocal harmonies, courtesy of co-founders Andrew Herod and Nicole...
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