Coma in Algiers

Happy Forever (A Wicked Company)

Texas Platters

On fourth LP Happy Forever, long-running local noise-rock collective Coma in Algiers keeps the first half of that genre designation as prominent as the second. The sextet joyously slams dissonant chords together, kicking rhythms around and filtering voices through gradations of distortion. Then CiA drafts the skronk and discomfort into actual songs, built from off-kilter riffs, to be sure, but still (more or less) conforming to conventional structures. "February" and "Let's Get Married" bash succinctly as they fray around the edges, while "Meaty Gums" and "Leipzig" simply fuck shit up. Mantra-minded midpoints "Swansea" and "Sexual Beings" screw riffs and groove into the ground without letting repetition become tedium. Making a racket should always be this fun.


A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

More Coma in Algiers
Texas Platters
Vinyl Bin
Radio Ready – Lost Power Pop Hits 1978-1983: Texas, Vol 1, Permanent Basement, Truck Month, Christ Adonis Algiers, yr4 pt5 (Record Review)

Tim Stegall, Oct. 4, 2013

Off the Record
Off the Record
Music News

Austin Powell, July 24, 2009

More Music Reviews
Texas Platters
Spray Paint
Into the Country (Record Review)

Raoul Hernandez, Dec. 13, 2019

Texas Platters
Graham Reynolds
Marfa: A Country & Western Big Band Suite (Record Review)

Rick Weaver, Nov. 22, 2019

More by Michael Toland
Crucial Concerts for the Coming Week
Crucial Concerts for the Coming Week
ATX Queer Music Fest, Ovey Fest, New Candys, Bryan Carter, and more local shows worth seeing

Aug. 5, 2022

Crucial Concerts for the Coming Week
Crucial Concerts for the Coming Week
Kate Bush Bash, Urban Heat, Knife in the Water, Night Cap, Adrian Ruiz, and Shimmer Island

July 29, 2022


Coma in Algiers

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

Behind the scenes at The Austin Chronicle

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle