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Comet Gain

Booker: Carsten Friedrichs

"Fireraiser Forever!" (release date: Autumn 2019)

 

After releasing a first glimps of their new found sound on their 45 "If Not Tomorrow" / "I Was More Of A Mess Then" (Tapete, 2018) and five years after their last LP "Paperback Ghosts", the band from London finally releases their latest full length album on Tapete Records, Fireraisers Forever! (2019).

Where the last album was deliberately chosen to be a "mood" record of slower, softer and sadder songs, the new one is defying any such categorisation in favor of the abandonment of any such ideas and concepts. It is the eclectic collection of pop songs which have been influenced and shaped by a world which has become darker and dumber over the years - jigsaw messages from a past half remembered and lessons not learnt running with the meteor teen punks and doofus hearted, crazed and aflame and learning nothing and everything. This has resulted in an uncanny, angry and fuzzy sound which always pushes to the beat of the broken street, channeling the dispair, anger and sorrow of a world about to be in flames. 

The album is recorded fast and with feeling, with accidents as important as the meant parts, recorded first with James of Ultimate Painting/The Proper Ornaments, then worked and finished by MJ Taylor.

Fireraiser Forever has songs about Victor Jara and all the students and teachers and poets buried with bullet holes because they believed in life, about werewolf jackets, burning tower blocks, local groups of suburban Rosicrucians starting psychic wars against the state, anthems against the moron-isation of the world, and girls with melted minds and their fears of the open door. About fireraisers being those that know to tear down the moron empire that's making a coffin for the future you have to burn their palaces to the ground, raising fire and trouble, and love and some kind of prayer that the cinders will begat flowers. Simple ideas that the band have always held using simple songs and simple ways to elucidate these hieroglyphs of defiance and empathy because these are needed now more than ever and the apathy around us is depressing.

Bands and songs seem content to explore nothing but ambition and bullshit, so though nothing here is original or worth a damn. We'd rather scream into the void than admire our hair in the mirror.

Comet Gain is a band and an ideal and an exercise in futile dreaming, and though things change we are unafraid to remain the same ripped up dumb organism, and we are proud to have made this particular angry, heartbroken, excited, romantic scream to the stereos of those that want it.