This Saturday at The Hungry Brain: Thomas Comerford and Advance Base


After moving to Chicago with a bunch of songs and 4-track recordings in 1999, Thomas Comerford founded and led the indie rock outfit Kaspar Hauser over a series of lineups and LP releases in the 2000s. By 2010, he was also playing ‘solo’ shows with a number of backing musicians and releasing solo LPs, including ‘Archive + Spiral’ in 2011 and ‘II’ in 2014.

For this show at the Hungry Brain, he will be backed by a group of singers and players to premiere the songs off of his forthcoming third solo record, ‘Blood Moon,’ which will see release in spring of 2018. The new songs mix his familiar baritone and roots-and-folk-inflected songwriting with largely acoustic instrumentation, multi-part backing vocals and a live-y band interplay, at times recalling ‘Veedon Fleece’-era Van Morrison as well as songwriters like Fred Neil and Leonard Cohen. The band: Ariel Bolles (Glass Mountain, Rachel Ries) – voice; Thomas Comerford – voice, acoustic guitar; Gregg Ostrom (Emily Hurd) – acoustic and electric guitar; Curtis Ruptash (Peabody & Sherman, Black Friars Social Club) – bass; Amalea Tshilds (Girls of the Golden West, Jim Becker Band) – voice, electric guitar; Seth Vanek (Roommate, Thin Hymns) – drum kit, percussion.

For more on Thomas, check out his website, or his Esthetic Lens 5 Questions post.