The band's self-titled debut was released in 2001 and eventually issued on the Alternative Tentacles label. Recorded on a four-track, it was a garage/psych freakout of intense if not epic proportions. Comets on Fire became a staple on the underground jam rock scene, as one of the "new weird America" bands to watch. The Comets expanded their musical reach on 2002's Field Recordings from the Sun, released by Ba Da Bing. The band employed a host of guests in creating a noisy, acid-drenched overdriven rock that owed as much to Hawkwind
as it did MC5
. This was augmented by a host of guest musicians playing everything from saxophones to layers of percussion.
One studio guest and live collaborator was Ben Chasny
from Six Organs of Admittance
. He became an official member of the band in 2003, adding a second guitar to the Comets' already mighty thunder. The recorded result was 2004's Blue Cathedral, which took the strongest elements from both previously recorded outings and added labyrinthine textures and shifting dynamics to their über-rockist caterwaul, signifying the band's mature arrival. Two years later, after a move to Sub Pop, Comets on Fire released Avatar, their most accessible album to date. ~ Thom Jurek, Rovi