The Brothers Comatose dropped into Tellus 360 to play a show on their way to New York after rocking the Red Wing Roots festival. Comatose is in their name, but there is definitely nothing lethargic about these guys. The self-described “rowdy string band” is nothing short of exciting. Led by brothers, Ben and Alex, this folk band from San Francisco plays you folk music like you haven’t heard it before.
Most of the songs are lively, energetic, and filled with solos and foot-stomping. Every musician in the band is extremely talented and they all complement each other wonderfully. They are incredibly tight as a band, you can really tell that they have been playing together for a long time.
One of my favorite songs of the night was their original called, “Trippin’ on Down”, which is tune with clear folk and bluegrass roots, but transcends the genre and incorporates rock n’ roll harmonies and great breakdown sections. They also did a fantastic cover of The Zutons’, “Valerie”. Knowing the original version and the Amy Winehouse’s version, I wasn’t really sure that it could be done any other way, but it works beautifully as a folk song. Playing it acoustically and adding great harmonies really gave me a new appreciation for the song.
The Brothers Comatose are currently touring the East coast, but will so be heading back to the West coast. Be sure to check them out before they travel back home!