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Predictable and formulaic ninth album from shambolic London-based punk pop act Comet Gain
Eight years ago, I reviewed ‘Howl of the Lonely Crowd’, Comet Gain’s seventh album, and I wasn’t too overwhelmed by it, to be honest. I even went as far as declaring that it was the end of the road for the band and me. Well, here we are again. ‘Fireraisers Forever!’ is the ninth album (‘Paperback Ghosts’ came out in 2014, but back then I stuck to my word) from this London orchestra, and not much has happened in David Feck-land, really. Many still consider their 2002 album ‘Realistes’ to be their finest hour, and it seems that the band thinks so too at this moment, as this new record sounds more or less exactly the same. Therefore it comes as no surprise when I see that it was recorded and produced by drummer Woodie 'MJ' Taylor, who was also responsible for the aforementioned highlight (he also used to be the drummer in Morrissey’s backing band). So, this is a new serving of shambling punk pop songs, infused with a healthy dose of politics (I hear Brexit being mentioned in one of the songs, for instance) and the mandatory references to things that Mr Feck finds "cool" (like the classic Record & Tape Exchange store).
In all fairness, I feel that this relapse in our relationship might have come too soon (eight years was obviously not long enough) for me. With that said, there are some good songs here, of course, with my favourite being ‘The Girl with the Melted Mind and Her Fear of the Open Door’, which is a classic Comet Gain pop song.
So, next time there is a new Comet Gain album out, you probably won’t see my name by the review. Or maybe you will…
We're All Fucking Morons
The Girl with the Melted Mind and Her Fear of the Open Door
Bad Nite at the Mustache
Society of Inner Nothing
Victor Jara, Finally Found!
The Godfrey Brothers
Your Life on Your Knees
The Institute Debased
Her 33rd Perfect Goodbye
I Can't Live Here Anymore