Whether traveling to gigs on horseback or by tour bus, Americana mavens The Brothers Comatose forge their own path with raucous West Coast renderings of traditional bluegrass, country and rock ‘n’ roll music. The five-piece string band is anything but a traditional acoustic outfit with their fierce musicianship and rowdy, rock concert-like shows.
The Brothers Comatose is comprised of brothers Ben Morrison (guitar, vocals) and Alex Morrison (banjo, vocals), Steve Height (bass), Philip Brezina (violin), and Greg Fleischut (mandolin, vocals). When they’re not headlining The Fillmore for a sold-out show or appearing at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, the band is out on the road performing across America, Canada, Australia, and hosting their very own music festival, Comatopia, in the Sierra foothills.
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The sisters sojourned to LA to record the album in February of 2020, in the nick of time before the pandemic hit. Chloe, the youngest by three minutes, recalls the process with a satisfied sense of nostalgia. “It was the most fun we’ve had recording. The three of us crashed with a friend in the Hollywood hills. We’d have breakfast at the Beachwood Cafe in the morning and then rock Miley Cyrus’s ‘Nothing Breaks Like a Heart’ on our way to the recording studio.” Her elder twin Rachel chimes in: “We worked on the record with our good friend Ben Jaffe as producer. Ben brought in so many fresh ideas and talented people. Ben is also hilarious and we laughed our big girl pants off.”
Though the T Sisters have been writing and singing together for a decade, there is a sense of renewal in this album and of having shed some of the expectations and insecurities of the trade. This may be fueled by the aforementioned new phases of life for the T Sisters. Most significantly, last year two of the three sisters became mothers. “I used to think of recording an album as akin to giving birth…now I realize giving birth is a heck of a lot more painful!” remarks Erika who delivered her baby at home in the Oakland artist loft that has been the creative hub of the T Sisters for the past 13 years. Chloe cringes knowingly and pipes in, “um…yea. There’s really no comparison.” Contrary to the labor of…well…labor, Erika recalls, “There was an effortlessness to the recording process which we hope comes through in the music.” Big Girl Pants drives seamlessly through indie-folk, retro soul, jazz and even psychedelia guided by the sisters’ arresting harmonies, yawing pedal steel, soaring strings and a myriad of other sounds.
Outdoors in the Beer Garden