Ariel Sharratt & Mathias Kom “Never Work” (BB Island, 2020)

Initially due for release on 3rd April, this terrific album was delayed due to a global pandemic, so was pushed back to International Workers Day which, given this once in a lifetime occurrence, has made the themes herein oddly apposite. The millionaires and the billionaires have been little use in dealing with the effects precipitated by a global pandemic, and those of hitherto less socially respected roles have been the ones keeping many countries going. Capitalism is on its arse. Workers, actual workers that is, are finally being acknowledged, as is the very nature of work itself. Continue reading “Ariel Sharratt & Mathias Kom “Never Work” (BB Island, 2020)”

The Burning Hell “Baby” (BB*Island, 2018)

Frank Zappa asked the question in 1986, “Does Humour Belong In Music?” I don’t know if that was a rhetorical question or not, but to head uncertainty off at the pass, the answer is yes. Flight of the Conchords and the national treasure (TM John Peel) that is Half Man Half Biscuit, are just two that justify an affirmative answer to that question. That said, Weird Al Jankovic and Tenacious D also make ‘humorous’ music but, to compare such acts to The Burning Hell, is to compare Cannon & Ball to Stewart Lee, so, like music of any genre, there’s some good and there’s some not so good. Continue reading “The Burning Hell “Baby” (BB*Island, 2018)”

The Burning Hell return this month with re-release album, UK dates

We leave you this week dear readers with news that one of our favourite Canadian bands The Burning Hell who have announced a string of UK concerts from November 27th to December 15th to coincide with the release of the remastered and for the first time on Vinyl 10th anniversary reissue of ‘Baby’ which includes fan favourites “When The World Ends”, Everything Will Probably be OK” and  “The Berlin Conference”. They also have a new double A-side which you can hear below. Continue reading “The Burning Hell return this month with re-release album, UK dates”

The Burning Hell “Revival Beach” (BB*ISLAND, 2017)

It’s the apocalypse, how did it happen? Well this portmanteau from the ever reliable Burning Hell approaches it (the end of the world as we know it) from multiple angles drawing out the humour, the tiny individual tragedies and the sheer banality of the world ending without announcement, life just stopping. TBH have never stood still and on this eighth full length they’re down to a trio but the musical boundaries continue to expand, from the storytelling of Nurse & Patient to the clarinet and bouzouki led Race to Revival Beach. There are reminders of their agit-folk roots with Friend Army, which somehow makes me think of Orange Juice. Continue reading “The Burning Hell “Revival Beach” (BB*ISLAND, 2017)”