Identified as Betamax Killer, Danalogue the Conqueror, and King Shabaka -- aliases of drummer Maxwell Hallett, keyboardist Dan Leavers, and saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings -- The Comet Is Coming describe their sound as "apocalyptic space funk." The London-based musicians had several outlets prior to their 2013 formation and were involved in a number of concurrent projects.
Hallett and Leavers, for instance, have operated as Soccer96, while Hutchings has performed and recorded with Melt Yourself Down
and Sons of Kemet
, among other groups. Emboldened by jam sessions, the Comet Is Coming signed to the Leaf Label
, where they issued Prophecy, an intensely rhythmic and animated EP of five mostly concise tracks, in November 2015. Their debut full-length, 2016's Channel the Spirits, further consolidated the band's reputation as a raucous, hard-hitting intergalactic groove machine with strong apocalyptic tendancies. ~ Andy Kellman, Rovi