on 23 July 2010
"Take yourself and disappear, dear...before it's too late" Moments in the Snow
A record about seizing the moment. From the glorious indie club-night euphoria of 'The Kids at the Club' to the tender 'Carry on Living' this is an album about standing up for yourself and your ideals. It's also one of the finest, sweetest and noisiest indie/punk records I've ever heard. Perhaps "I found something that i thought was gone, my defiance is my number one...my heart is broken and my brain is split in two" from 'My Defiance' sums up Comet Gain the best. Sweet and tender hooligans and true indie poets. I heard Comet Gain first listening to the excellent 2008 compilation 'Broken Record Prayers' and was keen to hear more. It's fair to say that 'Realistes' is a fairly lo-fi record, that kind of recorded-in-a-dustbin sound that Graham Coxon used to do so well on early solo outings. For me this sound only adds to the feel of the record, it quite literally crackles with energy and passion. The songs are extremely catchy indie-pop, think Orange Juice, Milky Wimpshake, The Cribs and other such indie greats. Every second of this records brilliant but if I had to choose some highlights you can't go wrong with the addictive sixties garage-rock of 'Why I try to look so bad' or the Dexys tinged 'Labour'. There's love, politics and life in this record and what else is there?!