Ethan Miller (guitar/vocals) and Ben Flashman (bass) formed Comets on Fire just prior to the turn of the century in the drug-infested hippie town of Santa Cruz, California. Their original intent was to create a rock group free of commercial pretensions or genre trend; one that simply dealt in pure bombast, attack, overwhelming distortion and chaos, and yet possessing a shameless love for anthemic choruses, shattering hooks and riffs, and the smoke and magic of yesteryears’ rock and roll iconoclasts.
With a line up augmented by Noel Harmonson (savage analog electronicist and vocal echoplex player), Utrillo Kushner (drums) and Ben Chasny (also known as Six Organs of Admittance - equal parts madman and genius folk hero) on second guitar the band have released a number of albums since their self titled debut in 2000 including Field Recordings From The Sun (BaDaBing!), Blue Cathedral (Sub Pop) and Avatar (Sub Pop) the band carved out the modern template of what can only be described as a sonic shitstorm - an unbreakable stone groove of telepathic rock improvisation.
Writing on their blog, says Miller, “We feel that Barry Hogan and the ATP co. have played a great part in the success and general “fun” of Comets on Fire and we want to ride that holiday camp train one more time. We have great Technicolor memories of the holiday camp festivals put on by ATP and not just the moments on stage or palling around with other artists in a drunken haze but also Utrillo swinging from the chandelier in our chalet until it dislodges from the ceiling and sends him flying down on the glass table top, kids we’ve never seen before storming our trailer apartment at 3am and then kicking the bathroom door open because they couldn’t figure out how to open it (yes, it was locked, someone was inside (multiple people actually, passed out), spending long days off laying around on the picnic benches in the courtyard drinking wine and eating English cheese fresh off the southern farms and of course seeing some of the most astounding band lineups in the history of rock music crammed into one weekend on 3 different stages. I believe in the day and a half we were at the last ATP Comets attended I saw the Stooges, Sonic Youth, The Melvins, Peter Brotzmann, Flipper, Sun City Girls, Dinosaur Jr - and that’s with falling asleep early the first night due to drunkenness and jet lag and leaving at dawn Sunday morning…the shit that a fan can see with a 3 day pass and a blood transfusion on the morning of the 3rd day is absolutely mind boggling.
So anyhow, we’re doing it again. F**k it!!! ATP is a blast, see you there.”