Comets On Fire Mini Interview (they play End Of An Era Part 2 this November)

Friday 28th June, 2013

This November ATP will be putting on two final UK holiday camp festivals in Camber Sands, UK under the banner The End Of An Era. The first weekend is sold out, with tickets available now for Weekend 2 curated by ATP & Loop.  Tickets and more info on the event are available now from this link. See below for the first in a series of mini interviews with bands playing the event. Ben from Comets On Fire was the first to get back to us, and you can grab a free download of their track ESP here at Soundcloud...

Name Of Artist: Comets On Fire

Hometown: Bay Area, California

Year Formed: 1999

Bio: Ethan Miller and Ben Flashman formed Comets on Fire just prior to the turn of the century in the drug-infested hippie town of Santa Cruz, California. Their original intent was to create a rock group free of commercial pretensions or genre trend; one that simply dealt in pure bombast, attack, overwhelming distortion and chaos, and yet possessing a shameless love for anthemic choruses, shattering hooks and riffs, and the smoke and magic of yesteryears’ rock and roll iconoclasts.

Do your best to describe your sound in one sentence:

We like the Rock n Roll.

What are the most recent activities of your band?

We've been taking it easy for the last six years but this year we have been regularly convening to write new music. Our last live show was in 2008 though.

How excited are you to play this event?

Soooo excited.

How do you feel about being asked to play the last ever ATP holiday camp event?

We are really happy about it. Before we were asked to play and we saw that it would be the last holiday camp show there I think we all had a pang of sadness and nostalgia. Comets has had some really good times at that place. To be honest, I much prefer it to Butlins. So we were really happy to be asked to close it all out.

Do you have a connection with the curators / an idea why you were chosen to play?

No idea. We've never met Loop and actually, it was kind of surprising that they asked, though obviously an honor. I was excited to see they they had reformed and glad to know I'll have a chance to see them live.

Which of your releases do you feel ATP attendees should check out first?

Perhaps go with Field Recordings From The Sun.

Is there one of your tracks you think specifically represents you best?

I'm just going to pick one at random and say The Bee And The Cracking Egg (listen on Spotify).

Are there any other currently confirmed bands you're excited about seeing?

Oh yeah, a bunch. Never thought I'd see The Pop Group play. That's pretty crazy. Too many to mention, as usual. Fennesz is always fun to see for me.

If you were curating, name three bands you'd want to play your event...

Chie Mukai with Masayoshi Urabe
John Cale and Terry Riley doing Church of Anthrax
Eyvind Kang and Jessika Kenney

If you could pick one record release in the last year which would you recommend?

Shadow Ring - Remains

And what's the best gig you've seen in the last year?

Bill Orcutt, Chris Corsano and Alan Bishop trio at Hopscotch festival.

What have your previous experiences at ATP been like? Any favourite memories?

We've had a blast at all the ATPs we've been at. Between Comets, Howlin Rain, Six Organs, Sic Alps and Rangda I think our various members have spent a lot of time hanging in the ATP compound. Somehow we've always managed to really keep it really mellow and not party too hard, go to sleep early, respect our neighbors, drink plenty of water and feel really healthy by the end of the weekend. Having Chris Corsano and Spencer Yeh joining us at the end of our last set at ATP in 2006 is a highlight for me.