The Comas [Twiropa, March 7th, 2005]

So if I dated and subsequently broke up with Dawson’s Creek’s Michelle Williams, I don’t know what I would do.  I would probably mope about, burn too much incense, and become more familiar with that burning tear ducts thing.  I do know, however, that I would not do anything as wonderful as Andy Herod.  When put into this “hypothetical” situation (see what I did there?), he resoundingly created this year’s brightest piece of indie rock candy in Conductor.  Herod’s melody writing rivals Built to Spill’s Doug Martsch in its sheer poppy brilliance; any one of these songs could become the next “Float On” or “Take Me Out”.  The music is a sickly-sweet mix of indie pop and pedal steel guitars, feedback  and drawn-out melodies, the Smashing Pumpkins and Apples in Stereo.  The space between sounds is thick with the atmosphere of the city, any city, at night; street lights mark the way in “The Science of Your Mind”.  Formerly a country band, the Comas dust off the pedal steel for a pair of tracks, most notably “Moon Rainbow”, without losing the pop sheen.  This record is slick, sad, and delicious.  Herod’s attitude shifts between jubilance, preciousness, anger, and depression, but never to a violent extreme; the songs stake a palatable and agreeable middle ground.  Accordingly, Conductor can be called alternative easy listening.  If nothing else, it’s beautiful, wide-eyed pop.  The Comas drag their fuzz pedals into Twiropa on March 7th with Vietnam.

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