Craig Comstock might be the only person in town who can get a crowd worked into a frenzy over a series of noises.

The musical madman performs under the name This Is My Condition. On Saturday night, a rather large audience crowded around the solo performer perched behind a drum set and a few beat up devices.

The shrill joy of a This Is My Condition show is the kind of bizarre experience you’ll only find in a place like Lawrence. Comstock beats the holy hell out of his drums, and then he beats them some more. He also uses his sticks to slap a guitar that lays flat across the kit, while an infinite number of noise makers decorate his left side. He’s a scientist of sorts, crafting all sorts of gadgets to get the sound he desires. This series of unpredictable twists and turns expand your melodic mind. Think of it as jazz for punk rockers.

Here’s what he sounded like:

Words and photos by Fally Afani



Fally Afani is an award-winning journalist with a career spanning more than 15 years in media. She has worked extensively in radio, television, newspapers, magazines, and more.

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