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Comets On Fire

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Santa Cruz, San Jose CA, United States (1999 – present)

Comets on Fire are a band from Santa Cruz, California. The band was formed in 1999 by guitarist and vocalist Ethan Miller and longtime friend bassist Ben Flashman, who were seeking to create rhythmically and sonically intense music that paid no attention to categorizations.

The band’s self-titled debut was released in 2001 and eventually issued on the Alternative Tentacles label. Recorded on a four-track, it was a garage/psych freakout of intense if not epic proportions. Comets on Fire became a staple on the underground jam rock scene, as one of the bands to watch. The Comets expanded their musical reach on 2002’s Field Recordings from the Sun, released by Ba Da Bing. The band employed a host of guests in creating a noisy, acid-drenched overdriven rock that owed as much to Hawkwind as it did the MC5. This was augmented by a host of guest musicians playing everything from saxophones to layers of percussion.

Before the next record the band officially added Ben Chasny of Six Organs of Admittance to their lineup in 2003. He had previously performed and recorded with them. With this line-up they got a deal on Sub Pop Records and released their critically acclaimed Blue Cathedral. The record, drenched with psychedelic prog-rock influences, exposed them to a whole new fan base and the record found favor with enough people for Comets on Fire to tour as the opening act for Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr. In 2006, they released their fourth album Avatar which showed the band turning away from their more heavy psychedelic noise jams for a more melodic and subdued sound.

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