New Music Monday: Burning Love
With fantastic, hook-riddled and filthy-dirty new album Rotten Thing To Say now unleashed on an unsuspecting public, it’s a fairly safe bet that Canadian-based party-starting, head-popping, face-ripping fivesome Burning Love are about to claim a rightful share of the platter currently dined on by the likes of Kvelertak, Turbonegro and the many other crust ‘n’ roll-plying bands that have scaled critical heights in recent years. And, as Hammer found when chatting with gravel-throated frontman Chris Colohan, they’re finding that they’re making friends in the most unusual of places.
“We just played a few shows with Brutal Truth, and I blew my voice out!” laughs the singer. “We keep getting on these incredible tours and we’re usually the odd band out – we recently toured with Rotten Sound – but it all makes sense to us. Sometimes, bands play together and it makes more sense to the people playing the shows than it does to the people watching! So to us, it’s all still related, and we get to play a lot of good things.”
They’re certainly not undeserved. Put plainly, there are few bands making as loud and addictive a riot as Burning Love right now, and as Chris notes, they’re not going to fit very easily.
“It depends on your frame of reference,” he muses when asked where he’d place the band. “To some metal fans it sounds like it hardcore, and to a lot of hardcore kids it sounds like it’s cock rock! I like to think that we’re coming from hardcore punk, so it’s a part of our mentality, but I would say that it’s just really energetic, loud music.”
Energetic and loud is right. You won’t find a better, gnarlier or more brazen party band this side of a bunch of leary Norwegians.
Rotten Thing To Say is out now on Southern Lord. Buy it here: http://www.southernlord.com/store.php