Americana mavens The Brothers Comatose are bringing their raucous, foot-stompin’ live show to Port Fairy in 2018.
Ben and Alex Morrison got their start after learning a mess of classic rock songs for some early garage recordings. The latest round of songs piquing the brothers’ muse are as broad in range as the colours in a California coastal sunset. ‘The Covers EP: Volume 2’ opens with Alex taking the lead vocals on ‘To Be Young, Is To Be Sad, Is To Be High’ by Ryan Adams. Ben sings lead on the remaining three barnburners, ‘I Want A New Drug’ (Huey Lewis and The News), ‘Stickshifts and Safetybelts’ (CAKE), and ‘My Bucket’s Got A Hole In It’ (Hank Williams).
The Brothers Comatose always keep their fans on the edge of their seat by sprinkling in left-field covers to their live repertoire. Sets have included bluegrass-inflected renditions of songs by The Rolling Stones, Amy Winehouse, Violent Femmes, and Creedence Clearwater Revival. The string band showcases many of their latest originals from the critically-acclaimed 2016 release, ‘City Painted Gold’. The album captures the ever-evolving city of San Francisco, where the band has been based for 14 years in the Haight-Ashbury neighbourhood.
“We wrote this album while living in San Francisco as it was changing from a weird, art friendly mecca to a place that only super rich tech workers could afford,” tells Ben. “Venues were closing down, and artist and musician friends moved away. What is San Francisco without its weirdos? That’s what the song ‘City Painted Gold’ is about and that’s why it’s the name of the record.”