For this Special DOC III Edition of Making Meaning, we’re talking with Andrew Fox of Coma!
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MAKING MEANING: THE BACKGROUND
Coma plays Doom melded with Stoner Rock and Punk. They’re from Pittsburgh, PA.
Formed in 2017, Coma released their EP Saturnalian the next year. While they don’t have a release date set, they’ve been taking off from playing out the past few months in an effort to complete the writing of their debut LP.
Andrew also has a solo project called andrw fx. In 2018, he released Semiotics Vol. 1: The Kitchen Window & Other Stories which he describes as the first part in a series of an exploration of nonverbal communication. It was released on tape by Until the Quasar.
Coma is: Andrew Fox (guitar, vocals), Nate Burns (bass), Scott Ellis (guitar), Jeff LeBlanc (drums).
MAKING MEANING: THE SONG
Listen to the song “Venusians” from Coma’s album Saturnalian and learn what meaning Andrew makes:
You can find the lyrics to “Venusians” on the Bandcamp page.
“Venusians” is the second track from our debut cassette EP: Saturnalian. The bare bones of the music dates back a handful of years, primarily being written by our drummer, Jeff. I’ve written all of our lyrics and they all follow a similar thematic pattern. Our EP was recorded on Devil’s Night 2018 at the Braddock Hit Factory (mostly known for producing some of the best hardcore in the US right now).
“My work categorically aims to explore the undeniable interwoven textures of light and darkness that bring balance to the universe.” – Andrew Fox of Coma on their song “Venusians”
Like much of our material, “Venusians” is a study of the binary of light and darkness. This classic dichotomy, manifested primarily through dated religious and moral rhetoric, we find this binary commonly depicted as light (illumination, goodness, peace, etc.) and darkness (illness, suffering, evil, etc.). My work categorically aims to explore the undeniable interwoven textures of light and darkness that bring balance to the universe.
“It’s the celebration of the power and illumination of femininity that is commonly (historically) eliminated or overlooked with willful neglect.” – Andrew Fox of Coma on their song “Venusians”
“Venusians” in particular is a prayer to Venus and all the metaphorical connotations of the planetary Morningstar. It’s a celebration of femininity. It’s the celebration of the power and illumination of femininity that is commonly (historically) eliminated or overlooked with willful neglect. It’s a celebration of an intentional balance.
DESCENDANTS OF CROM III
We talked to Andrew about playing at Descendants of Crom III. The Third Annual Descendants of Crom heavy music festival takes place in Pittsburgh, PA September 20 – 22, 2019.
How do you feel about playing DOC III?
We are beyond stoked to be playing with such great acts in our hometown and to be apart of an ever-growing community.
What can the audience expect from your performance?
The audience can expect big riffs, but we tend to hope that they expect the unexpected.
What other bands are you excited to see perform?
[This interview occurred before Black Pyramid had to drop off!]
Thanks so much to Andrew of Coma for talking with us about their song “Venusians” and Descendants of Crom III! We hope this adds to your experience of their band, their song, and their performance. Thanks for making meaning with us.
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