It brings us tremendous joy to welcome back The Burning Hell on May 25th!
This brilliant bunch have been bringing glee to our beloved town for almost a decade now, with each show leaving lasting memories. If you’re as disillusioned with the real world as the rest of us – this will give you the kick you need!
“…funny, sardonic, and literate. Add in a new-wavey, Loaded-era VU sensibility, and it’s impossible not to be swayed by these acerbically funny story songs” – MOJO
The Burning Hell is the ongoing musical project of songwriter Mathias Kom and multi-instrumentalists Ariel Sharratt and Jake Nicoll, often including additional comrades and collaborators. Their densely populated genre-shifting songs are packed with an abundance of literary, historical, cultural, and pop-cultural forebears, heroes and villains, subjects and objects, stories and hooks. They move with heavy rhyme and a light step, incorporating a frequent fixation on apocalypse and ruin into work that celebrates participation in a surprising, delightful, and even occasionally beautiful world. Which is to say they’re good dance partners and they want to dance with you.
The Burning Hell are DIY in the best possible sense—underlining the ‘Do’—their albums and singles manifesting from the edges of the music industry as collaborations with independent labels and publishers, and their years of touring forming connections person by person, show by show, in town after town. They’ve famously ventured to every out-of-the-way island and inland neglected by the less adventurous, emphasizing presence and connection across latitudes, longitudes, and time, affirming a commitment to the political power of sharing music. It is a profoundly optimistic gesture, by way of killer tunes, exuberant hooks, and joyful live performances.
“The Burning Hell are a band that hit you first in the heart, then the head, then the funny bone. Most bands would be happy with just grazing one of the three” – Joyzine
“I can think of few songwriters I’d rather spend the apocalypse with” – Folk Radio
“The Burning Hell create an amazing world of tunes and tales, and it’s the perfect world to escape to if you’re fed up of the real one!” – Is This Music?