Taken from the album Paperback Ghosts, Comet Gain’s new single “’Sad Love’ and Other Short Stories” is a classic upbeat indiepop tune, brimming with melody and slathered in chiming Byrdsian guitars. Over yearning harmonies and keening strings songwriter David Feck muses on a love left behind and what might have been, on a life haunted by memories of unrequited romance. Comet Gain are David Charlie Feck (vocals, guitar), Ben Phillipson (guitar), Rachel Evans (vocals), ex-Morrissey/The Meteors drummer Woodie Taylor (percussion), Anne Laure Guillain (keyboards) and new recruit, Clientele bassist James Hornsey – a motley group of like-minded romantics, taking pride in an abject failure to care about the normal band model. Inspired at times by early Creation Records, Television Personalities and mod culture, drawing from the same ideals as Dexys, The Style Council and Vic Godard and from the lineage of The Velvet Underground, The Byrds and the 13th Floor Elevators, their mystic anarchist principles blend French New Wave with English kitchen-sink heart.
For years they have drifted through scenes picking up people and emotional ties – from Riot Grrrl to acid punks, C86 to lo-fi – yet somehow outliving their peers and in turn inspiring a younger generation of DIY musicians like The Cribs, Love Is All, Veronica Falls, and Crystal Stilts. With Paperback Ghosts, Comet Gain have brought together their myriad influences to create a richly textured affirmation of their twenty-year anti-career, a cohesive aesthetic of sound, artwork, liner notes and ideas. Steeped in melancholy but with a beating pop heart, “’Sad Love’ and Other Short Stories” is both one of the album’s high points and a timeless single in its own right.
Coloured vinyl. Limited to 500 copies.
Tracklist: Sad Love And Other Short Stories / When?!
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