Modern Master: Chris Brokaw

Apart from being the founding member of two career-defining bands (Come and Codeine), Chris Brokaw has had a successful career as a solo artist with more than two dozen records across several labels. His latest solo record is “Gambler’s Ecstasy” (12XU, 2012). But be sure you don’t miss “Red Cities” (12XU, 2002); a modern classic. Pure, elegant, and raw electric-guitar power. I swear you can even hear his amp buzzing in the background, like you’re in the room.

I’ve been playing with different shots I took at the Come reunion show at The Crocodile, in June.

Lightning Strike

Chris Brokaw playing his Fender Jaguar at the Come reunion performance at The Crocodile in Seattle. The drummer for Codeine. Then guitar in Come. Plus numerous solo records and soundtracks. The man even runs his own record label, Capitan Records, where he releases his material on cassettes, CDs, and vinyl. (CDs are fading from view these days, while first-run cassette albums and singles are roaring back!) If you don’t know Codeine, you must explore “Frigid Stars,” “Barely Real,” and “The White Birch,” which have all been released again in sumptuous vinyl packages by The Numero Group and Sub Pop. Sub Pop was spooky cool in the bands they scouted and signed in the early 90s.

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