The Brothers Comatose bring a lifetime of rock appreciation to their string band. Bouncing between traditional and progressive numbers, their instrumentation lumps them into the “bluegrass” tent, but their folk and rock sensibilities keep the party going. Their instrumental, “Pennies Are Money, Too,” would get nods from even the most rigid bluegrass traditionalists.
Comprised of two real-life brothers and their three buddies, The Brothers Comatose share stages at festivals and music halls with a variety of fellow band-friends. They intentionally join and create bills with bands who keep the same energy, but musically vary from their style. They partner with neo-soul and roots rock friends, to keep the evening diverse and interesting, but still upbeat and dance-able. Rarely–even at the mellowest festival–will you see people sitting down at a Brothers Comatose show.
Creatively, The Brothers Comatose develop the roots of their songs individually, then expand the instrumentation together. On their last record, they used actual “live takes,” but the odd part of recording music is that a “live” sound is not captured through “live” methods. On Respect the Van, they continued to strive to capture the live sound, this time using the quirks of the recording process to create a sound that feels more live. Got that?
Buy music from The Brothers Comatose! Support the band and this radio show using these links (Amazon in the phrase and iTunes in parenthesis):
- The Brothers Comatose Respect the Van “Modern Day Sinners,” “Feels Like the Devil,” “Blackbirds” (The Brothers Comatose on iTunes)
- Weezer Weezer (Rarities Edition) “Jamie” (Live and Acoustic) (Rarities Edition: Weezer on iTunes)
- California Honeydrops Soul Tub! “Soul Tub” (Soul Tub! The California Honeydrops on iTunes)
- Justin Townes Earle Nothing’s Going to Change The Way You Feel About Me Now “Memphis in the Rain” (Nothing’s Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now – Justin Townes Earle on iTunes)
- The Kinks RCA Years “Slum Kids” (take 1)(The Kinks: RCA Years (Box Set) on iTunes)
- Lake Street Dive Lake Street Dive “Got Me Fooled” (Lake Street Dive – Lake Street Dive on iTunes)
- Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers I Can’t Go For That (Van Sessions) is a free download on their website. Buy their current album here:Driftwood (Driftwood – Nicki Bluhm on iTunes)
- The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit The Ghost of Good Manners “Classy” (The Ghost of Good Manners – The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit on iTunes)