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June 19th, 2013 ROBERT HAM | Music Stories
 

Primer: Come

Reunion Tour

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Years active: 1990-2001, 2008, 2010-present. 

Sounds like: Television and the Stooges-inspired darkness, with dueling, strained guitar lines turning into a lascivious, bluesy and slightly drunken dance. 

Original members: All four: Thalia Zedek (vocals, guitar), Chris Brokaw (guitar, vocals), Sean O’Brien (bass), Arthur Johnson (drums). 

Who’s stoked: Folks who attended the touring version of Lollapalooza; people who feel the Stones reached their apex with Exile on Main St.

Why the rest of you care: With dozens of other ’90s-era bands reuniting to great acclaim and profits, the ripple effect is finally stirring up interest in the groups overshadowed by the titans of the Alternative Nation years. During its initial run, Come certainly had its share of supporters, releasing four full-lengths on Matador and going on the road with Sonic Youth and Sugar. But with its overdriven, snaky guitars and Zedek’s beautifully weathered voice and desperate worldview, the Boston-based quartet had a sound that was too dangerously sexy to achieve crossover success. But listen to the darker moments of bands like Red Fang or experimental duo Barn Owl, and the impact that Come had on vibrant, emotional guitar music is still being felt today. 

Will it last? This current reunion tour is only to help drum up support for a reissue of the band’s debut, 1992’s 11:11. Plus, Zedek and Brokaw are already busy enough with their respective solo careers, so it seems doubtful Come will exist beyond this tour’s final date in Chicago.


SEE IT: Come plays Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., with Rebecca Gates and the Consortium, and Sad Horse, on Friday, June 21. 9 pm. $15. 21+. 

 
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