Monday 17 October 2022, 8pm
Come is a cult American alternative rock band, formed in Boston by Thalia Zedek (vocals, guitar), Chris Brokaw (guitar, vocals), Arthur Johnson (drums), and Sean O’Brien (bass).
Come’s first release was “Car” b/w “Last Mistake,” the August 1991 installment in the first volume of Sub Pop’s Singles Club. The single made them one of the most highly touted new acts on the underground scene, and there was more than one label eager to release the band’s first full-length effort. Come chose Matador in the US and Placebo in the UK to put out their debut album Eleven Eleven in 1992. The album was a great success with both critics and fellow musicians, and tours followed with Nirvana, Dinosaur Jr., Sugar, and Pavement, among others. Pitchfork has called it “one of the most elusive gems of the Matador catalog”. After the release, Brokaw left Codeine, devoting himself full-time to Come.
Come released their second album, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, in 1994, again on Matador and Placebo. It was to be the last album recorded with the rhythm section of Johnson and O’Brien. 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. 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, sifted through one of the tightest rhythm sections ever assembled.