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RJ-Comer-Press-Photo-3Americana and Blues singer-songwriter RJ Comer released his newest album, Nightly Suicide, on March 25 via Growling Moon Records. The album features down to earth tunes, easy acoustic sound and emotion filled lyrics.

This being Comer’s second EP release as a solo artist, he seems to have perfected his unique Bluesy, Rock, Americana sound. With no frills, Comer sings deep songs that tell a story to smooth acoustic sound. Nightly Suicide has six songs that showcase Comer’s gritty, soulful voice and guitar skills. Overall the album is impactful and smooth. Something easy to listen to and even singalong with while driving down the open road or relaxing after a long day.

Comer should be applauded for his amazing songwriting lyrical skills. Each song is personal and poetic. The album deals with powerful topics like addiction, redemption, failed relationships and cruising along the open road.

Lead single and title track “Nightly Suicide” is a homage to Charles Bukowski, German-born American poet, novelist, and short story writer. The song also touches on Comer’s early life: “a lot of heavy drinking and nightly self-destruction,” according to a press release. Nightly Suicide is both entertaining and meaningful.

The Los Angeles artist is previously known as the lead singer of Dance Hall Pimps, a blues-rock band. Comer toured as a solo artist from British Columbia, Canada to New Orleans and recently performed four shows in Austin during SXSW week.

by Jessica Harrington

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rock-n-roll-reviewIf you’re looking for a sturdy, hearty rock and country piece of music to blast for your next road trip, search no more. “Nightly Suicide” by RJ Comer is a collection of six songs that are impossible not to like. Even if you’re someone who doesn’t typically listen to country, like myself, you can enjoy this release.
Two words that come to mind when I try to describe this album are “gritty” and “solid”. This album is gritty because the songs often feature a dirty lead guitar to dress the backbeat with melodies and solos. This album is also solid because each of the songs typically has the same instruments and this keeps a consistency throughout the album. RJ Comer’s voice is folksier than it is country, and I think that’s what sets this album apart from the typical country that we often think of. Comer’s unique voice is also what draws in people who don’t typically listen to country. Most of the music on this release has more of a “badass” theme rather than a typical sentimental or emotional theme like other country music. Everyone should consider this album even if they don’t usually listen to this genre.

“Nightly Suicide” opens up with a track entitled “Steppin’ Down”. This track is a solid song that has an anthem feel to it. The guitar solos make the statement of the track much more powerful and evident. While this song has overwhelming power, it still maintains the integrity of being danceable and easy to listen to. The next track is the title track of the album, “Nightly Suicide”. This song has the classic RJ Comer feel to it, but this track has more of a spooky, thoughtful mood. I say this because there’s much more sustain and dark effects on the instruments that invoke thought in the listener. I would say that this track is the most memorable of the release.
“Losing What You’re Losing” is the third track on this album and it slowly transitions down to a slower, more emotional theme. The same elements of the whole album remain, but there is minimal distorted guitar and more clean guitar to add a softer effect.

The next track, “The Moon Ain’t Fallen on Me Yet” picks back up the aggressive aspect of RJ Comer’s music, but it’s a little more stripped down than the other tracks. Most of the song features only vocals and guitars, with a few moments of full band contribution. This song is definitely more about the lyrics and I believe that the stripping down of the track forces the listener to pay attention to the words more. “One Day” has a classic feel to it. The intro guitar and vocal riff are very memorable and the rest of the track is super solid. This song brings the album back to the original RJ Comer feel with the full band, distorted effects, and badass elements.
The final track, “Ex’s & Oh’s” closes the album with a seductive and powerful track. The driving rhythm of the drums and bass make the song very danceable and the guitars give a finishing touch to everything. This is a very interesting way to end the album because it doesn’t have that classic RJ Comer sound that is found in the first handful of tracks, but it’s still enjoyable and is a perfect album closer.

Overall, I give this album an 8/10. The production quality is great, the song writing is solid, and the style is very unique. I would definitely recommend this album to anyone because it’s diverse and appeals to a wide demographic.


Justin Almazan

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RJC-NS_600-400x400RJ Comer teams up with producer Jef Scott to deliver a truly satisfying 3rd solo album that is sure to win over fans of American alternative blues and country rock. RJ’s work on Nightly Suicide proves that an impactful, significant LP release doesn’t have to be longer than six tracks; what makes this possible is the quality of the production as well as a well-balanced mix of guitar sounds that are critical to the genre. Overdriven leads, pronounced drums, a healthy bassline and somber lyrics combine in a tasteful way that leaves the listener wanting more.

The opening track, “Steppin’ Down”, initially channels Neil Diamond in a way that is completely unique and true to form. Here begins the sonic theme of the album: dirty, well-phrased guitar leads interspersed with moody but punchy drums. There’s a calm sorrow in RJ’s voice and it sort of haunts the listener as tales are told of addiction, loss and surrender. Even though the overall tone of the first few songs is sad and woeful, there is still a sort of hope that shines through, and this is most notable during the guitar solos that surround the bridges of each song.

The second and title track of the album is “Nightly Suicide”. Here RJ communicates through an addiction narrative, and the subject matter is not for the faint of heart. What’s most refreshing about RJ’s contribution here is how raw his approach is; he doesn’t back down from telling an honest story and dealing with some very dark issues. Melodically, the song is a great representation of blues rock and the strong backbeat gives the tune a big, bold sound. The song Nightly Suicide is equal parts catchy and memorable.

Continuing on into the album beyond “Losing What You’re Losing” and “One Day” treats the listener to more of RJ’s upbeat sound. It’s at this point that the slide guitar begins to really have a presence, and the timing is great. If RJ wanted to combine the sounds of the Eagles, Tom Petty and a little Fleetwood Mac, he did it fantastically well. There’s even a little nod to The Police found in the intro on “One Day”, and it’s quite fitting.

The final track, “Ex’s and Oh’s” is a real treat: RJ Comer covers the popular tune from Ellie King in a way that only he can, adding his own element of country-inspired twang and blues instrumentalism. It might seem strange to hear a pop cover done by a blues man, but he pulls it off in style. This capstone track is novel and fun, even if RJ’s tongue is firmly planted in his cheek.

All in all, “Nightly Suicide” doesn’t disappoint when it comes to delivering pleasing, definitive tracks that please the ear and offer a lot of lyrical content to chew on. It may take a few listens to really digest the undertones of both the melodies and the lyrics, but it will pay off. RJ’s music on this album is rich and multi-faceted; it will please his existing fans and new listeners alike.


by Bret Dianich

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RJC-NS_600-400x400Americana has subsections like any other main genre. So when RJ Comer comes along producing a harder sound associated with Americana; it’s wasy to see that the electric guitar had a play date with Keith Richards, Howlin’ Wolf and Earl King.

RJ Comer released the Nightly Suicide EP about a month ago and ever since the proclaimed swamp aficionado himself learns to play fire with fire. RJ Comer may be this city boy from the West Coast, yet New Orleans is the true place Comer calls home. Nightly Suicide develops a rich after taste that does not smoother the idea of a New Orleans style that made the great South so diplomatic in Blues/Americana.

Steppin’ Down as the first track… allows RJ Comer to explain where he stands vocally, as an instrumentalist and songwriter. A strong track which opens the flood gates to the remaining spots on the EP to creatively show the different angles Comer intends to use. Complete with electric guitar solo’s vibrating and echoing in the background as RJ repeats “Steppin’ Down”. All around this track can easily act as an opener and closer for Nightly Suicide, sometimes mixing up the order in which the songs originally are supposed to be, helps to build a varied perspective on the artist.

For the second track named Nightly Suicide adds tribute to a long list of drowning your sorrows with alcohol. Yet this song confuses attraction with horror and in doing so transfers the heartache of a traditional Country tune into a rustic Blues singalong. Instead of wanting to feel at fault for not recognizing the agony that is inflicted upon Nightly Suicide you will want to tap along learning the way RJ fingers the strings on his guitar. One good reason to see the previous explanation as a “good” intention is, RJ Comer explicitly shares details by outlining the existing reality with a bit of dark humor.

“Angels love me but the devil owns me and the battle keeps me on my feet” hell of a way to start out a song. The Moon Ain’t Fallen On Me Yet begs anyone listening to concentrate on the lyrics. Because known to popular belief some lyrics hidden under the disguise of a cool guitar flicking away to a pretty detailed sound; the best lyrics are just beneath the surface, waiting to be heard. RJ Comer nips at our intentions and gestures to the audience to question wandering and the livelihood of a musician with a story that follows in pursuit.

Pulling the Nightly Suicide EP altogether is the clear idea Comer presents, One Day dares to name the crossroads (thank you Robert Johnson for having us forever wonder about these crossroads) where evidently “we” will meet. Whether RJ intended for this track to sound like a farewell action to another, is exactly how One Day comes off.

As far as impression go Nightly Suicide does the job of edging open that Blues/Americana/Swamp New Orleans Style of music window. Letting in enough heat to set RJ Comer’s words on fire and fueling the impulsive current that runs through the electric guitar that acts as a clear objective or singular being.

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RJC-NS_600-400x400Based in Los Angeles, RJ Comer has released his new EP called Nightly Suicide in March 2016. It is an absorbing and thought provoking album of six perfectly produced songs, which impress you to the marrow of your bones and leave you replaying them and reflecting, while the music has stopped long ago.

RJ Comer definitely has some resemblance to Chris Rea. His music somewhat feels like Chris Rea’s a bit harder version, – with those groovy rhythms and gin and fog, deep, manly voice.

RJ Comer delights not only the ear, but the soul, as well as something deep inside me, as a woman. It is fair to listen to his forcible voice and to look at him perform. I like his dignified, confident style, it shows the peace of mind of a man who’s been through ups and downs and arrived to his stable state of being, comfortable and satisfying.

RJ is a wonderful storyteller, that will take you to all the places he has been (and he has been to many) and share the tales of his life; so that you will be only wondering, whether his narratives are really true or they are merely the incredible work of his imagination.

RJ Comer’s music captivates with its cool and hot guitar riffs and solos, swinging beats and remarkable lyrics. You can feel the author’s dedication to and sincere love of blues and old school Americana rock.

One may disagree, but I find RJ Comer’s tunes entrancingly romantic…well, not in that shallow, mainstream sense, that always has to do something with a man and a woman, which I find extremely vulgar; but in a broader and deeper sense, that involves a person with their never ending Journey, the whole perspective of life, the feeling of the energies flowing through one’s experiences, giving insights and broadening the vision; the very essence of existence, matching things happening, bringing all the elements of life chemistry together, talking in signs…it’s rather about one’s relationship with themselves and the universe. I can feel this romantic vibe in RJ’s songs, though they are, surely, down to earth, at the same time. He’s a stroller that accepts everything the way it is, using it all to write fabulous tunes.

The singer-songwriter has got a crashing sense of humor, which is boldly sarcastic and shows the attitude and wisdom of a cool guy. He has figured this life out, in and out; he has nothing to prove, because he has proved everything to himself, what others think is irrelevant, – he’s just having a good time.

The main picture that I see before my eyes, listening to this wonderful artist’s tracks, is of a road, leading to, only god knows, where; and the wanderer doesn’t want to know, where it will take him; he belts his battle scarred guitar on the shoulders, dons his cowboy hat and hits the trail, having promised to send us fascinating story-songs once in a while.

Worth listening to. Believe me.

Anastasia Shanueva



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