BEST MUSIC POLL
Best Album in Providence
The top-notch East Bay trio make some noise with a win for Best Local Act as well as top album honors for Chateau Rex, their full-length debut for 75orLess Records (following an EP and live disc recorded at Jake’s in 2008) and hands-down one of the finest among the 100-plus releases from the Warren-based label. And, like many of his labelmates, Coma Coma singer/bassist Eric Sampson loves him some Dinosaur Jr. and all things Mike Watt. Skilled drummer Dan Ulmschneider (who will always draw a few Colonel Klink howls of “Oolm-sha-vidaaayh!” from friends while onstage) is now a full-time member of the Propellers as well as the flagship stoner/space rock trio Six Star General (Ulms often works double-duty at 75orLess gigs). Guitarist Steve Demers steals the show when the band shred covers from the Thermals, Built to Spill, and Pavement (give a scream for “In the Mouth a Desert”), and always nails it on Radiohead’s “Just.” Chateau Rex is full of catchy hooks (we still don’t know why ’BRU didn’t spin “You Had To Be There”), gnarled licks (“Argyle Satellite,” “Lightning Bolt”), and tight bass grooves (“4th of July”), presented with a Hüsker Dü nod for an album cover. Get out there and catch Coma Coma at their usual haunts — Billy Goode’s, the Common Pub, and the Apartment.
Skinny Millionaires, Sleeping Dogs Lie
Pistol Shot Gypsy, Smokin’ Drinkin’ Fightin’ [write-in]
Mark Cutler, Red
by PHOENIX STAFF
Coma Coma are a three piece group from RI. We have been together for two years and play regular shows around RI and MA. Some...