While technically a London band, Comet Gain sound (and have done so for almost 20 years now) as if they are from Glasgow. Among the more obvious influences I could name indie legends like Orange Juice and particularly The Pastels. Comet Gain’s albums are more or less evenly split before slow-burning (one might say twee) ballads and fiery post-punk rockers.
Comet Gain's albums have been getting better and better (the band’s newest, Howl Of The Lonely Crowd, is terrific). For me, City Fallen Leaves (2005) is their richest, most fully realised work so far. That album's undisputed classic, “Just One More Summer Before I Go”, has this great juxtaposition: recklessly sad lyrics against a catchy, adrenaline-fuelled melody. Desperate is the word.