Come (American band)

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Come performing at Dingwalls in London, Thursday 23rd May, 2013
Come performing at Dingwalls in London, Thursday 23rd May, 2013
Background information
OriginBoston, Massachusetts, U.S.
GenresAlternative rock, blues rock[1]
Years active1990–2001, 2008, 2010–2011, 2013
LabelsMatador, Sub Pop, Beggars Banquet, Domino, Placebo
MembersThalia Zedek
Chris Brokaw
Arthur Johnson
Sean O'Brien
Past membersWinston Bramen
Daniel Coughlin

Come is an American alternative rock band, formed in Boston by Thalia Zedek (vocals, guitar), Chris Brokaw (guitar, vocals), Arthur Johnson (drums), and Sean O'Brien (bass).

Band history[edit]

Come came into being after a mutual acquaintance invited Brokaw, O'Brien, and Johnson to play with him. Brokaw was playing drums with Codeine, Johnson had previously drummed for Athens, Georgia band Bar-B-Q Killers, and O'Brien had played with two other 1980s Athens bands, Kilkenny Cats and Fashion Battery. After playing one show together, Brokaw, O'Brien, and Johnson decided to split off into their own project and invited Thalia Zedek to join them. Zedek had played in the bands Uzi and Dangerous Birds and had met and befriended Brokaw in the mid-1980s.[2] Her most recent band at the time, the post-no wave New York City band Live Skull, had disbanded in 1990 and Brokaw and Zedek had been talking about playing together.

After a year of jamming together, Come released the 12-inch single "Car" on Sub Pop in 1991 – a seven-minute epic in the post-punk, blues-noir style of The Birthday Party, These Immortal Souls, and The Gun Club. According to Spin magazine, "Car" was "[a] two-song seven-inch that delivers all the satisfaction of, let's say, the definitive Hendrix box set."[3] This release encapsulated what was to become Come's trademark style: thematically dark, emotionally intense, and lengthy songs marked by Zedek's distressed vocals, abrupt rhythms, and the tension-filled guitar interplay between Zedek and Brokaw, both extraordinarily accomplished guitarists. Even before the release of its first album, the band received much critical praise, with Spin magazine stating that "[t]he band is ferocious, bending a head-on adrenaline rush into a staggering blues crawl, churning noise-damage into aching melody, and letting it fall apart",[4] adding that Come was "[n]ot just another band from Boston,"[4] but rather "poised on the brink of the big time."[4]

In 1992, Come released its debut album, 11:11, on Matador Records. 11:11 received acclaim from both the independent and established media, with David Browne, from Entertainment Weekly, characterizing it as "enthralling, like watching someone howl into a rainstorm."[5] After the release of 11:11, Brokaw left Codeine, devoting himself full-time to Come. Already after the release of the debut album, Come received praise from Dinosaur Jr.'s lead singer J. Mascis, Hüsker Dü's Bob Mould, and Nirvana's frontman Kurt Cobain,[6][7] among many others, with Indigo Girls' Amy Ray lauding Zedek's voice, describing it as an "old Marlene Dietrich film"[8] and Math rock band Chavez's guitarist Matt Sweeney characterizing Come as 'mind-blowing and one of the best bands ever.'[9] Likewise, New York City alternative rock band Cell guitarist Jerry DiRienzo has stated that "Come is more rock-rooted [than Zedek's previous projects]. Their writing is great; their music bridges the masculine and feminine,"[10] concluding that Come are his "favorite band."[10]

Come's second album, Don't Ask, Don't Tell, was released in 1994. Though somewhat calmer than its predecessor, it was equally as grave. Among the highlights of the album, and of the whole of the band's impressive song catalogue, are the two dark ballads, "Let's Get Lost" and "Arrive," each closing a side of the vinyl edition.

Johnson and O'Brien left the band after Don't Ask, Don't Tell to pursue other careers. The following album, the short Near-Life Experience, was recorded with a number of different musicians, including drummer Mac McNeilly of the Jesus Lizard and Bundy K. Brown of Tortoise.

In 1998, Come released the 66-minute tour de force Gently, Down The Stream, which took its cue from Near Life Experience, but featured a more fluent integrated soundscape and included the stand-out track Saints Around My Neck.

Zedek and Brokaw took a break after Gently, Down the Stream, and never reconvened to create a new album. Zedek and Brokaw each went on to release multiple solo albums, and performed together on a few occasions to play some Come songs live.

Throughout its career, Come has supported and toured with Sonic Youth,[11] Nirvana,[12] Sugar,[13] Dinosaur Jr.[13] and many other seminal 1990s rock bands.


Come at Club W71, Weikersheim 2022

On November 11, 2007, Brokaw and Zedek came together for a two-song set,[14] to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Middle East Club in Cambridge, which had been the site of Come's last performance.[15]

A year later, in November 2008, a full band reunion occurred when the Gently, Down the Stream line-up of the band came together for a one-off performance in Castellón, Spain, as part of that year's Tanned Tin Festival, performing songs from across its entire back catalog.[16]

In 2010 and 2011, the original line-up of Come sporadically re-united to play a number of shows,[17][18][19] including a set at the TraniWreck festival in Cambridge MA, featuring songs exclusively from its first two albums and the 'Car' EP.[20]

In early 2013, it was announced that there would be a small international tour[21][22][23] to commemorate the 20th anniversary of 11:11, by the original band line-up. The tour took place in May and June 2013, in support of the re-issue of Come's debut album.[24]


  • Thalia Zedek – lead vocals, rhythm guitar (1990–2001, 2013–present)
  • Chris Brokaw – lead guitar, backing vocals (1990–2001, 2013–present)
  • Sean O'Brien – bass (1990–1995, 2013–present)
  • Arthur Johnson – drums (1990–1995, 2013–present)

Former members[edit]

  • Winston Bramen – bass (1997–2001)
  • Daniel Coughlin – drums (1997–2001)





  • Car 7" (Sub Pop, 1991) featuring "Car" * and "Last Mistake" * (August installment of Sub Pop's Singles Club)
  • Car 12"/CD (Sub Pop, 1991) featuring "Car" * "Last Mistake" * and "Submerge" * (original pre-album version)
  • Fast Piss Blues 7" (Matador Records/Placebo, 1992) featuring "Fast Piss Blues" and "I Got The Blues"
  • Fast Piss Blues 10"/CD (Matador Records/Placebo, 1992) featuring "Fast Piss Blues", "I Got The Blues" and "Brand New Vein"
  • Wrong Side 7"/CD (Matador Records/Beggars Banquet Records, 1994) featuring "Wrong Side", "Loin of the Surf" * (cover of Swell Maps) and "SVK" * (note: SVK is short for Sharon Vs Karen [25])
  • In/Out 7" (Matador Records, 1994) featuring "In/Out", "Yr Reign" (limited edition promo vinyl)
  • String 10" (Matador Records/Beggars Banquet Records, 1995) featuring "String", "Who Jumped In My Grave" *, "German Song", "Angelhead" *
  • String CD (Matador Records/Beggars Banquet Records, 1995) featuring "String", "German Song", "Fast Piss Blues" and "City Of Fun (Peel Session)" * (BBC radio session cover of The Only Ones[26])
  • Secret Number 10"/CD (Matador Records/Domino Records, 1996) featuring "Secret Number", "Prize" * and "Hurricane II" * (piano version of Near-Life Experience's opening track)
  • Preaching the Blues B/W Sex Beat (Chunklet, 2021) attributed to "Come (AKA the Come Club)," an homage to The Gun Club, who originally recorded both songs

(* indicates track unavailable on any Come album)

Contributions to compilations[edit]

  • "Car" on Afternoon Delight!: Love Songs From Sub Pop (Sub Pop, 1992)
  • "Orbit" on Altered States Of America (Lime Lizard, 1993)
  • "Fast Piss Blues" on Independent 20 Volume 16 (Beechwood Music, 1993)
  • "Fast Piss Blues" on The Beggars Banquet Collection (Beggars Banquet Records, 1993)
  • "City of Fun" (BBC radio Peel session cover of The Only Ones) on Volume Eight Compilation (Volume, England, 1993)
  • "Submerge" on The Day We Killed Grunge (Caroline Records, 1994)
  • "In/Out" on Cortex Sampler (Cortex, 1994)
  • "Wrong Side" on Play It! Vol. 3 (PIAS Benelux, 1994)
  • "Wrong Side" on Rough Trade: Music For The 90's, Vol. 6 (Rough Trade, 1994)
  • "String" on The Day We Exhumed Disco (Caroline Records, 1994)
  • "String" on Menú (Everlasting Records, 1995)
  • "Off to One Side" on This Is Fort Apache (MCA, 1995)
  • "Cimarron" * (recorded Jul-1995) on Ain't Nuthin' But a She Thing (London Records, 1995)
  • "Weak as the Moon" on Audio Compilation (Audio Magazine [Greece], 1996)
  • "Brand New Vein (radio session)" * (recorded 17-Sept-1991) on Pipeline! Live Boston Rock on WMBR (Kimchee, 1996)
  • "In/Out" and "Strike" * (recorded Nov-1995) on What's Up Matador (Matador Records, 1997)
  • "Madroad Driving..." * (with Johnny Depp) on Kerouac: Kicks Joy Darkness (Rykodisc, 1997)
  • "Hurricane II" on Hits Hurt (Domino, 1997)
  • "Recidivist" on The Sell Texas To Mexico Fund-Raising CD (Matador, 1997)
  • "String" on Twenty-one Years Of Beggars Banquet Records (PIAS/Beggars Banquet, 1998)
  • "Hurricane (acoustic radio session)" * (recorded Mar-1998) on Drinking From Puddles: A Radio History Compilation (Kill Rock Stars, 1999)
  • "Do You Love Me?" * (recorded Oct-1999) on Knitting On The Roof - Songs from 'Fiddler On The Roof (Knitting Factory, 1999) (Voice & Clarinet: Thalia Zedek, Voice & Guitar – Chris Brokaw)
  • "I Got The Blues" on Gimme Shelter Vol. 1 (Uncut Magazine, 2002)
  • "Fast Piss Blues", "String", and "New Coat (live)" * (recorded 1999) on the Matador At 21 box-set (Matador, 2010)

(* indicates track unavailable on any Come album or single)

Non-album tracks[edit]

  • Car
  • Last Mistake
  • Submerge (original pre-album version)
  • Brand New Vein (radio session)
  • SVK
  • Loin of the Surf (Swell Maps cover)
  • City Of Fun [Peel Session] (The Only Ones cover)
  • Who Jumped In My Grave
  • Angelhead
  • Cimarron
  • Strike
  • Prize
  • Hurricane II (piano version)
  • Hurricane (acoustic radio session)
  • Madroad Driving... (with Johnny Depp)
  • Do You Love Me?
  • New Coat (live)
  • Clockface (live)

Music videos[edit]


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  22. ^ "Ruby Come UK Tour 2013 Summary". Archived from the original on 2013-06-26. Retrieved 2013-02-27.
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  24. ^ "Deluxe Reissue of 11:11 announcement". Archived from the original on 2013-03-07. Retrieved 2013-03-24.
  25. ^ "Full track title listed for SVK, when played by Come in a Peel Session". 1993-01-21. Retrieved 2011-10-22.
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