The Comas

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The Comas
Origin Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Genres Indie rock
Years active 1998–present
Labels Vagrant Records (2004-present)
Yep Roc Records (1998-2004)
Members Nicole Gehweiler
Matt Sumrow
Nic Gonzales
Andy Herod
Jason Caperton
Past members Justin Williams
Cameron Weeks
Adam Price
John Harrison

The Comas formed in Chapel Hill, NC, in March 1998 as a joke country band, a sort of counterweight to the hyped No Depression movement. Before long, however, both the "joke" and the "country" parts of the concept were eliminated, thus allowing the band to develop into a quirky alternative rock outfit. The Comas' respectable 1999 debut, Wave to Make Friends, was composed of sleepy (but not lethargic) indie pop and off-kilter boy-and-girl vocal harmonies, courtesy of co-founders Andrew Herod and Nicole Gehweiler. The band's instrumental canvas proved to be larger and more eclectic than that of the typical indie group, buoying the usual guitars and rhythm section with violin, organ, and creative non-rap samples. Faced with the challenge of labeling such music, the Comas' label billed deemed the sound "stoner pop."

The Comas issued Def Needle in Tomorrow during the fall of 2000; however, it was the 2004 release of Conductor that finally put the band on the map. Recorded after the collapsed relationship of frontman Andrew Herod and actress Michelle Williams, Conductor proved to be a fine breakup album, gathering accolades from major music magazines while also expanding the band's fan base. Riding on that success, the Comas signed with Vagrant in December 2005, and the ever-evolving band—which at this point was composed of Herod, Gehweiler, keyboardist Matt Sumrow, bassist Jason Caperton, and drummer Nic Gonzales—released Spells in the spring of 2007. Two years later, Herod shifted his focus to Electric Owls, a side project whose music incorporated aspects of folk and psychedelia. ~ Richie Unterberger & Andrew Leahey, Rov



Year Title Label
1999 Wave to Make Friends Plastique Records
2000 A Def Needle In Tomorrow Yep Roc Records
2004 Conductor Yep Roc Records
2007 Spells Vagrant Records

EPs and Singles[edit]

Year Title Label
2001 Bumblebee / Shining Eyes / 1:30 Sit-n-Spin Records

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