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"Enthralling, like watching someone howl into a rainstorm." - David Browne, Entertainment Weekly
COME. A cornerstone of the Glitterhouse and Beggar‘s stable 20 years ago. A band that requires no introduction, but here's one for the uninitiated. New York, 1990. Guitarists Thalia Zedek (Live Skull) and Chris Brokaw (Codeine) both relocate (separately) to Boston from New York, where a year earlier, bassist Sean O'Brien (Kilkenny Kats) and drummer Arthur Johnson (Bar-B-Q Killers), had moved from Athens GA. These parallel tracks (sub)merge and, fittingly, make beautiful music together. Soon after the four play their first show together, Sub Pop releases the "Car" 7" as part of their Singles Club series. Following a heated game of rock/paper/scissors with other competing labels (Google it), and for Europe, Glitterhouse and Beggar’s were the lucky labels that released Come's first of many masterpieces, 'Eleven : Eleven.'
Despite being one of the best albums in Glitterhouse‘s long history and one of the more memorable debut albums in an era full of ‘em, ‘Eleven : Eleven’ has been out of print for far too long. Pitchfork has called it "one of the most elusive debuts of all time, known for its knotty, torrential guitars and anguished vocals."
'Eleven : Eleven' is essential to understanding the music of the '90s. From All Music: "One couldn't throw a brick around rock critics and college rock types in 1992 without hitting somebody who would talk about how Come was the new incarnation of the blues, often loudly and at great length ... But it's the Stones and acts like Patti Smith and Black Sabbath, not to mention the confrontation of no wave and other punk-inspired acts, that provide more of a touchstone to what's going on than Robert Johnson. It's a uniquely sludgy, electric, and strong fusion of sounds and styles, combining extreme angst and commanding power."
Brokaw and Zedek's emotional dual guitar work rivals Verlaine/Lloyd, chiming and majestic, cascading into feedback-ridden squalls informed by both punk and metal, and sifted through one of the tightest rhythm sections ever assembled. Come toured
extensively with Pavement, Sugar, Dinosaur Jr., and Nirvana, at those bands' request.
This May 21 sees this classic LP finally back in print, with a deluxe, remastered double disc reissue (2xLP, 2xCD) comprising the original album plus a live disc featuring Come’s October 11, 1992 performance at the Vermonstress Festival. The double Vinyl edition will also include a bonus 7“, a reissue of the “Fast Piss Blues” b/w “I Got The Blues” single, plus it will contain both CDs. It's all here. Again. For the first time.
After a handful of reunion shows in 2010 and 2011, Come’s original lineup will be playing selected shows later this year including the Primavera Festival in Barcelona. In addition, Thalia Zedek’s 5th solo album and first since 2008, ‘Via’, is being released by Thrill Jockey this March.