The Burning Hell release Double A side new single ‘Men Without Hats’ / ‘Fuck the Government, I Love You’ from their latest album ‘Public Library’
The seventh Burning Hell album is a collection of eight short stories drawn from different sections of the bookshelf of the brain. A murder mystery rubs shoulders with a biography, while a romance leans against a prison diary. There’s a killer priest, a nameless band lost in Yorkshire, and Elvis and Michael Jackson moonwalking their way into space and/or global annihilation. Despair and hope go hand in hand here, and although Mathias Kom’s songwriting has never been wordier, the stories never stranger, and the band never louder, the essence of The Burning Hell remains constant: life is not really so bad, as long as you can laugh a little and you have something decent to read.
The Burning Hell is the alter-ego of Canadian songwriter Mathias Kom, and the band has been on the road in one form or another since 2007, playing everywhere from festivals like Glastonbury and Dawson City to bars, living rooms, abandoned bunkers, and a mental asylum in rural France. Musically, The Burning Hell runs the gamut from introspective folk to hyperactive rock and roll, and so the band can adapt to its surroundings like a karma of anthropomorphic chameleons, taking the audience on a supermarket-cart ride through hooky, upbeat pop songs, dark ballads about pet euthanasia, and anthems for barbarians, economic conferences, and love.
On occasion, Mathias goes on the road as a duo with clarinetist Ariel Sharratt, and their debut album “Ariel Sharratt & Mathias Kom: Don’t Believe The Hyperreal” came out in November 2015. More often, Mathias and Ariel are joined by bassist Nick Ferrio, drummer Jake Nicoll and guitarist Darren Browne. The Burning Hell release Public Library, a new album of distorted story-songs, in April 2016, and they’ll spend the better part of the spring and summer in their natural habitat: the tour van.
Sun 8th May – Magic Lantern, Tywyn, UK
Mon 9th May – Roisin Dubh, Galway, Ireland
Tue 10th May – Whelan’s, Dublin, Ireland
Wed 11th May – DeBarras, Clonakilty, Ireland
Thu 12th May – Start The Bus, Bristol, UK
Fri 13th May – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff, UK
Sat 14th May (Matinee) – Eagle Inn, Salford
Sat 14th May (Evening) – Eagle Inn, Salford (SOLD OUT)
Mon 16th May – Arden Road Social Club, Halifax, UK
Tue 17th May – The Crescent, York, UK
Wed 18th May – The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen, UK
Thu 19th May – The Drouthy Cobbler, Elgin, UK
Fri 20th May – The Hug & Pint, Glasgpw, UK
Sat 21st May – Village Hall, Mickleton, Durham
Sun 22nd May – Spanky van Dykes, Nottingham, UK
Mon 23rd May – MIMA, Nottingham, UK (FREE show at Institute of Modern Art www.visitmima.com)
Tue 24th May – Oslo Hackney, London, UK
Wed 25th May – Hope & Ruin, Brighton, UK
Thu 26th May – Moshi Moshi @ Tom Thum Theatre, Margate, UK