New York, NY (Top40 Charts)
The Comet Is Coming, the London-based Mercury Prize nominated synth-sax-drum trio featuring DANALOGUE (Dan Leavers), SHABAKA (Shabaka Hutchings), and BETAMAX (Max Hallett), today announce their fourth studio album Hyper-Dimensional Expansion Beam set for release September
23 via the legendary Impulse! Records. Their first single "CODE" is released today - an intergalactic head-banger that explores hidden meaning and codes in humans (DNA) and technology - alongside a visualizer.
The Comet Is Coming grab you by the head and don't let go with their relentless and fiery sound, "at once eliciting thoughts of impending doom and possible hope" (Pitchfork). The ingredients: 80s synth models, saxophone and drums, sprinkled with visceral punk rock, interstellar jazz blasts, and dance-floor trances.
On their fourth album, Hyper-Dimensional Expansion Beam, The Comet Is Coming - synth magician/producer Danalogue, drummer-producer Betamax, and saxophonist/spiritual riffologist Shabaka- burn brightly, soundtracking our epoch of change in ways their contemporaries simply aren't trying to.
The process: emerging straight from lockdown, the trio went to Peter
Gabriel's Real World decked out studio tucked away in the English countryside. With the help of the band's longtime engineer Kristian Craig
Robinson, the trio embarked on a four-day long recording process guided by collective intuition, sheer skill, and transcendent improvisation. Next, Danalogue and Betamax fastidiously sampled the band's own creations, alchemically weaving the out-of-body musical collisions with microscopic attention to detail in the production room. This distillation process yields a profound coherent musical message about the future of technology, humankind, spirituality, and the connectivity of the universe. Which just so happens to rock.
Tracks like "Pyramids," drenched in layers of controlled synth-syncopation and Shabaka's iconic minimalism pulsing forward and "Atomic Wave Dance" are stone-cold bangers, made for a nightclub on a space station. "Lucid Dreamer," on the other hand is a vulnerable and emotional guided meditation led by Danalogue's Ensoniq synth, which eerily evokes humanoid choir voicings through technology. This album has the unrelenting, driving and fiery muscle that Comet is known for, but creates a space where ideas about the future - dystopian or hopeful - technology, artificial intelligence, hidden meanings and transcendental transformations can exist.
The Comet Is Coming formed when Soccer96 - Danalogue and Betamax's synth-drum tron-like duo - were playing and captured jazz saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings attention. After some tentative conversations between the duo and Shabaka, he hopped on stage at a show on a trial run and the energy coarsed between the trio and Comet was born. This union was a result of, as Danalogue describes it, "the algorithm of fate." See, they all attended Guildhall School of Music
where Dan and Max met - but Dan and Shabaka were a tale of missed connections as they shared the same saxophone teacher. Thankfully, fate's algorithm guided the trio together. Hyper-Dimensional Expansion Beam follows their 2019 Trust
In The Life Force of the Deep Mystery, which garnered praise from NPR, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, The New Yorker, Washington Post, and their follow-up EP The Afterlife. This is their third full-length studio album.
"so forceful it set off a mosh pit"- The New York Times
"If a Salvador Dali Zombie-scape came to life, [The Comet Is Coming] might just be the soundtrack" - NPR Music
"This trio conjures epic sci-fi landscapes that can sound hopeful or furious" - Los Angeles Times
"vintage sounds and enlightened experimentalism" - The New Yorker
FALL 2022 U.S. TOUR DATES
24 - Bentonville, AR, USA - Format Festival
25 - Nashville, TN, USA - Basement East
26 - Atlanta, GA, USA - Terminal West
27 - Vancouver, BC, Canada - Rickshaw Theatre
30 - Seattle, WA, USA - Crocodile Showroom
October 01 - Portland, OR, USA - Revolution Hall
October 03 - San Francisco, CA, USA - The Independent
October 04 - San Francisco, CA, USA - The Independent
October 05 - Los Angeles, CA, USA - El Rey Theater
October 13 - Chicago, IL, USA - Thalia
October 14 - Toronto, ON, Canada - Axis Club
October 15 - Montreal, QC, Canada - Fairmount Theater
October 18 - Boston, MA, USA - Crystal Ballroom
October 19 - Philadelphia, PA, USA - Underground Arts
October 20 - Washington, DC, USA - Union Stage
October 22 - New York, NY, USA - Bowery Ballroom
Website - https://www.thecometiscoming.co.uk/
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