The Brothers Comatose

The Brothers Comatose

The Blood Feud Family Singers

Tue, June 20, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$10.00 - $12.00

Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

The Brothers Comatose
The Brothers Comatose
Expansive, uplifting, and just downright beautiful, City Painted Gold is one of the most anticipated records of the
coming year – certainly amongst the loyal fans The Brothers Comatose have won while touring across the country
in support of their past two releases. Infused with a sense of relaxed, experienced confdence, The Brothers
Comatose ofer a southwestern-tinged, rowdy stringband sound that might just make this your new favorite record
before you turn it over to side B.
Walking lockstep with their undeniable top-fight musicianship is an easy humility. “It's just one, big, extended
Morrison music party,” they say. Brothers Ben and Alex Morrison, guitar and banjo, and lead vocalists, front this
rocking string band that has become a West coast headliner and national touring act in a mere handful of years.
With bassmaster Gio Benedetti and stellar accompanists Philip Brezina on fddle and Ryan Avellone on mandolin,
their high energy, audience engaging shows have caught fre with fans from San Diego to Seattle to Salt Lake to Silk
Hope, NC and beyond.
“It all sort of started before we ever picked up instruments” explains Ben. “Our mom was in a folk quartet that sang
beautiful songs in harmony. Alex and I would watch them rehearse for hours when we were kids.” Growing up
around band rehearsals and music parties, the Morrison brothers eventually found themselves with instruments in
their hands. Ben started playing on his dad's acoustic guitar and Alex happened upon a banjo that someone had
left behind after a household music party.
The brothers learned a mess of classic rock covers, playing casually in their living room and around campfres (and
at those famous Morrison music parties) for the next few years. Eventually their genre of choice drifted to broadstoke
Americana and a buddy asked them to come record a few tunes in his garage. Their friend Benedetti had
been studying upright bass and they called him up for the session. He couldn't make it that day but shortly after
they all began playing together. They needed a few more good players to round out their sound, and the brothers
put up fiers all around San Francisco. A few people answered, including Philip Brezina, at the time pursuing a
Master’s degree in violin performance at the Conservatory of Music. “When he showed up, I thought, who the hell is
this guy?” says Ben. “He's kind of a redneck but he's getting his masters in classical violin. Turned out to work pretty
well.” Avellone had shared bills with the Brothers a few times over the years in other bands and was a perfect ft.
Ben called him up, and “next thing you know, he's our mandolin player.”
Soon enough they put the axe to the grindstone, releasing two critically acclaimed records in Songs From The Stoop
(2010) and Respect the Van (2012). Those releases led to extended tours with Devil Makes Three, Yonder Mountain
String Band and Lake Street Dive, which in turn led to their own headlining club tours and festival appearances
including the likes of High Sierra, Delfest, Outside Lands and Pickathon.
When it came to write their third record, the now-seasoned road warriors returned to their home of fourteen years
in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco. “We wrote this album living in San Francisco as it was
changing from a weird, art friendly mecca to a place that only super rich tech workers could aford,” tells Ben.
“Things started changing - venues were closing down, and artist and musician friends moved away. What is San
Francisco without its weirdos? That's what the song City Painted Gold is about and that's why it’s the name of this
record.” Shortly after completing the record, The Brothers Comatose themselves joined the ranks of the displaced.
Eviction brings change, and change inspires creativity. When our heroes got booted from their home city of over a
decade, they did not despair – no! They wrote a new and wonderful album. If our heroes maintain their current
trajectory we should all be really rather excited about what the future holds.
The Blood Feud Family Singers
The Blood Feud Family Singers
D.G. Scherrer - guitar, voice /
Marc Oxborrow - bass, voice /
Douglas Berry - drums
Venue Information:
Last Exit Live
717 S. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ, 85004