While shopping malls often have music playing, very rarely is that music as intimate as what you’re about to see. The Brothers Comatose have a new album called The Covers EP: Volume 2 out now (order it here), and did some direct marketing at the Westfield Mall in San Francisco, CA. There, the five piece string outfit set up shop inside the elevator, and let hilarity ensue as they performed covers for unsuspecting crowds inside the elevator!
Now dubbed “The Elevator Sessions,” these videos capture the band in their element, interacting with fans and playing the music they love. “It’s been super fun seeing people’s reactions to the moment the elevator doors open and there’s a full band playing inside,” says Ben Morrison. “It brings lots of smiles and laughter, which is really what we’re all about.”
The first video from the series sees The Brothers Comatose perform a cover of CAKE’s “Stickshifts and Safetybelts.” No strangers to unique covers, the brothers actually started their band by playing back wall covers, and ultimately grew into writing their own music. This cover really takes the CAKE!
Check out the first Elevator Sessions video below, filmed by Jacob Skaggs, featuring The Brothers Comatose’s performance of “Stickshifts and Safetybelts” at the Westfield Mall in San Francisco.
Ben Morrison tells us more about how the video came to be. “Jacob Skaggs (our video maker) actually brought the idea of playing and filming in an elevator. We brainstormed ways to make the most of it and figured doing it in downtown San Francisco during the holidays would make for the craziest and most memorable moments. We figured it would be chaotic with everyone shopping for the holidays and it definitely turned out that way. All 5 of the band members, plus Jacob and a sound guy, packed into the large elevator in Macy’s in downtown SF and we just started playing. We would go from floor to floor and 90% of the time, the doors would open and people would get excited and hop on with us to hear us play a song. Ultimately, we got the opportunity to make people smile for that short ride to their next floor and hopefully the craziness of it sticks with them and makes their day a little better.”
Right on! We can’t wait for more Elevator Sessions videos to emerge from this awesome concept.
Don’t miss The Brothers Comatose on the road. Find their tour schedule below, and head to their website for more details.
Brothers Comatose Tour Dates
2/23 — State Room — Salt Lake City, UT
2/24 — Winter Wondergrass Festival — Steamboat, CO
2/25 — Winter Wondergrass Festival — Steamboat, CO
2/26 — Winter Wondergrass Festival — Steamboat, CO
2/27 — Center For The Arts — Crested Butte, CO^
3/1 — Olympic — Boise, ID^
3/2 — Knotty Pine — Victor, ID^
3/3 — Filling Station — Bozeman, MT^
3/4 — Top Hat — Missoula, MT^
3/5 — The Bartlett — Spokane, WA^
3/7 — Brewminatti — Prosser, WA^
3/8 — Green Frog — Bellingham, WA^
3/9 — Tractor Tavern — Seattle, WA**
3/10 — Tractor Tavern — Seattle, WA**
3/11 — Revolution Hall — Portland, OR**