FAME Review: The Brothers Comatose - Respect the Van
The Brothers Comatose - Respect the Van

Respect the Van

The Brothers Comatose

Available May 22, 2012 from The Brothers Comatoes's online store.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mark S. Tucker

Right off the bat, this is a ground-level, populist, good times, melodically infectious CD, bluegrass with very strong folk overtones…or perhaps folk with very strong bluegrass overtones, hard to tell where the lines are drawn (the band prefers the latter, and I'm certainly not inclined to argue 'cause the blend is letter perfect). The Brothers Comatose are your buddies and the cats from just around the corner in a very friendly uptempo pickin' 'n grinnin' session you wish to hell you had an instrument for so you could join in. Respect the Van glows with neighborliness and friendship while really well recorded and nicely presented ( and Alex Morrison, one of the Bros., is a damn good artist as well as a fine musician).

In fact, I'd expect to hear this played at a trailer park BBQ, the best possible backdrop after the eatin's done, the beers are passed out, and everyone's sitting back, butt-boogyin' and smiling from ear to ear, commenting that it jes' don' get no better 'n this, Jethro. An', bro, wouldja pass the mezcal?, as dang if'n I don't feel like warmin' up just a mite bit more. Philip Brezina's a truly fine fiddler, a string rasper possessed of the same golden sunshine as David Laflamme…but on a caffeine bender, and the rest of the cats play like demons, especially on the instrumental Pennies are Money Too (and elsewhere, of course, but that track is one fine chopsfest).

The Bros.' multi-vocals are extremely attractive as well. Think of the Doobie Bros at their very best…before Michael McDonald (no offense, Mikey, ya did some fine fine work with the boyz, but it was a completely different gig)…and you have reason right there alone to give a listen, 'cause no one's copping the old Doobs harmonies any more and Sleep REALLY personifies that element in spades, going back to the killer Black Water vibe. Yep, Bunkie, I'd say The Bros. Comatose have arrived, but, pfffft!, in point of fact, it's way evident they did that long ago. Now it's just up to everyone else now to recognize the fact.

Track List:

  • Modern Day Sinners
  • Pie for Breakfast
  • The Scout
  • 120 East
  • Strings
  • Morning Timne
  • Feels Like the Devil
  • Pennies are Money Too
  • Sleep
  • The Van Song
  • Blackbirds
No writing credits given.

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2012, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.
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