Posted in music | pictures on April 13, 2009

photos by Tim Griffin

Comet Gain
Comet Gain

NY Press: This is the 17th year of Comet Gain's existence. How has the band changed in that time?

David Feck: We lost a few and the ones that have stayed got hairier. There was a moment in our history where it became clear that Comet Gain was going to be a band about carrying on. That for every joy and blunder and hard time that goes on we have our songs for it... and that keeps happening... unfortunately there are more blunders and hard times but fortunately there are tons good times

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Is there anything in New York that you're excited for? When was the last time you were here?

We were here 10 years ago...and it's been about that long since we've seen a lot of friends.

Comet Gain played Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn last night, April 12th (Easter). Time Out says,
The venue was not packed, but the cluster of fans were enthused--a cult defined.

The New York label What's Your Rupture? recently issued Broken Record Prayers, a compilation of singles that Comet Gain released over the past decade. It's an apt showcase for the sloppy band, and the ostensible reason for its presence in Brooklyn last night. Comet Gain came to town short a member--guitarist Jon Slade does not fly--appearing as a five-piece. They were fronted by singer-guitarist David Feck and Rachel Evans, who stands at center stage, singing and vigorously clapping like a cheerleader. Feck is Comet Gain's songwriter and sole original member; Evans is its secret weapon. The interplay between the two singers, along with the group's ragtag charm, was reminiscent of the Mekons. Its tiny jumpy songs, with Velvets guitars and drone from a Vox, funnels an army of the stubborn and underappreciated: the Clean (whose "Beatnik" is covered, beautifully and loudly, on Broken Record Prayers); the Pastels (namechecked onstage during a Hitler joke); and Television Personalities (whose "Part Time Punks" was requested and performed, briefly, as an audience sing-along led by Evans).

Bill said it was a good show with lots of witty stage banter by David Feck. One highlight was when opener Crystal Stilts joined Comet Gain on stage for a cover of Teardrop Explodes' "Sleeping Gas". Comet Gain, who concentrated mostly on their garagier/punkier material, played two other covers: Felt's "Ballad of the Band" and New Order's "Love Vigilantes." Both CG and CS shared a drumkit that read "Love is All" (another What's Your Rupture band). CC (Cold Cave) was the first of three bands on the bill.

And speaking of Crystal Stilts, they were added as the lucky opener for Dead Weather at Bowery Ballroom on Tuesday.

More pictures from Sunday's show below...

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Comments (21)

Crystal Stilts could be the worst band I have ever seen live..

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

i love you crystal stilts

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2009 6:02 PM

crystal stilts started out kinda crappy last night but by the end they were rockin

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2009 6:05 PM

Feck's shirt=fantastic.

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2009 6:33 PM

crystal stilts are opening for the dead weather tomorrow at the bowery ballroom...impressive

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2009 6:54 PM

crystal stilts is possibly one the best bands in so long i want to bang my head on a table till it is bruised and bleeding and i pass out and i only hear crystal stilts for eternity.

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2009 7:10 PM

I was at that show last night and it was so much fun The Crystal Stilts are my new favorite band

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2009 7:27 PM

Hey BV, can you get some non-tourists to cover these shows?

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2009 7:42 PM

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Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2009 8:12 PM

What no Cold Cave?

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2009 9:49 PM

7:42 --

"Hey BV, can you get some non-tourists to cover these shows?"

What does that mean, exactly? I've racked my pea-brain and have to admit I can't be certain as to what you are trying to say. Always looking to expand my consciousness - I await your response. :)

Thanks,

Tim

Posted by Tim | April 13, 2009 9:53 PM

8:12 --

Sorry no Cold Cave pics. Wasn't a snub, I just had some timing issues getting to MHOW. Whenever they play 'fixit' with the L line it takes forever. That and having to finish holiday dinner before heading out didn't help. :)

Tim

Posted by Tim | April 13, 2009 10:05 PM

Anyone have the Comet Gain set list?

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2009 10:06 PM

'Love Bili?' is to street art what ringworms are to the animal kingdom.

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2009 11:57 PM

could whoever got the comet gain set list post it? or alternatively: does anyone know the name of the last song of the encore?

Posted by dada | April 14, 2009 12:29 AM

The last song of the encore was Love Vigilantes by New Order.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2009 12:38 AM

footstompers

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2009 11:01 AM

What? Frankie Rosie plays sitting down now? And the guitarist is standig up? I'm burning all the crystal Stilts 7" i have... unless that's what it takes to make their keyboadist shut up.

Posted by Unanymous | April 14, 2009 11:06 AM

Aargh...I'm so PISSED I missed "Footstompers" played live...I love that song!

Posted by blackhat | April 14, 2009 11:24 AM

@Unanymous

I think Frankie was sitting down because it wasn't her kit...

Posted by bill p | April 14, 2009 5:29 PM

Crystal Stilts are new favorite band.but I am the fan of 50 cent.

Posted by 50 cent videos | April 15, 2009 5:27 AM

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