Comet Gain Loves Without Lies
Here in America, we spent a lot of 2008, and now early 2009, celebrating a noise-pop underground that, in places, takes weak pop songs and slathers them with fuzz and reverb under the pretense of art.
*cough* Vivian Girls *cough*
Last year, the NME placed Vampire Weekend on its cover and declared that we were living in a time of renewed greatness in American music. Not long after, a blogger at The Guardian made essentially the same claim. Weirdly, the conventional wisdom for those of us on this side of the Atlantic was just the opposite, the line being that 2008 was a relatively ho-hum time for American indie rock. My suggestion for UK indie: It’s not us, it’s you. In the past few years, it’s too few art school bands, too few mavericks, and too few iconoclasts; it’s far too many groups that amount to a haircut, a worn copy of Is This It?, and a provincial accent. Above all, it’s far too many bands that confuse ambition with chart placements instead of creativity.
Pow! Might I suggest that it’s a great thing to have Comet Gain around as a reminder that great noise pop free of pretense and posturing is being made across the pond? The new odds-and-sods record, Broken Record Prayers, is due stateside March 24 on What’s Your Rupture?, and it includes the below uptempo number from the KRS vets (and perennial lineup changers), “Love Without Lies.” It’s got some nice crunchy drums, a Young Marble Giants vibe, and it all kicks in at just the right time. It’s got grit and energy and an actual song underneath. I especially like how the vocals follow along tight with the chord progression, which is not something I usually enjoy.