The Brothers Comatose are currently taking time off to pursue various adventures, and in that spirit, member Ben Morrison has announced his debut solo EP, due out March 1st via AntiFragile Records–the EP will be followed by a second EP set for release later in 2019. With his solo material, Morrison has been able to push his creative boundaries and stretch songwriting muscles like never before.
“The video we made was really fun. Friends of mine – The Rainbow Girls – sing background vocals on the new track “25 Miles” and I thought it would be great to get them in the video,” he explains of the video. “I didn’t really have much of a concept so I called them up and they said to come out to their house in the sticks and we would play a game called stump. It’s an old carpenters game where you get a stump, a bunch of nails and a hammer…and you flip the hammer in the air, catch it and bring it down in one motion, trying to nail in other peoples’ nails. Last nail standing wins. I had the idea to turn the game into an old-fashioned kung fu battle, which found me and Vanessa May of the Rainbow Girls battling it out and me ultimately losing in the end. SPOILER ALERT. Whoops,” he continues, “It was really fun to make and I think fits the vibe of the song quite well.”
“My vision for this project is to explore the fringes of the music I’ve been writing that I wasn’t able to explore fully with a string band. I’ve been working on lots of songs with different grooves – slow groovy crooner tunes and some uptempo rockers,” he explains. “I kept asking myself why am I doing this thing? It’s kind of like my Rumspringa. Like the Amish do with their youth, letting them out into the world to experience all the different non-Amish facets of life. That’s what I’m doing right now.”
We’re digging the laid-back grooves Morrison lays down in “25 Miles”; it’s the perfect way to end the week and provides the inspiration we need to saunter into the weekend. Check it out: