"Fusing vintage American indie rock with shoegaze tapestries, the band's blissed out style forever verges on the edge of raucous collapse" – Clash Music
“Recalling the wild but awesome fuzz- and feedback-driven noise channeled through the likes of Swervedriver and Jesus & Mary Chain, Southampton’s Burning House produces a fine slice of heavy shoegaze bliss with a talent at walking a fine line between melodicism and an ear-wrenching wall of sound” – Louder Than War
"Multiple layers of fuzzy reverberation as intricate guitar progressions spin overlapping sonic webs that envelope an impressive vocal line drenched in blissed out melancholy... a band who continue to amaze!" – Primal Music Blog
"It’s a testament to Burning House’s musical and emotional acuity that their songs can be so full of sound, and yet evoke such a raw, stripped-down intimacy... a fuzzy alt-rock blaze that's certainly savory. Burning House have caught fire, and they’re running with the torch as fast as they can" – Atwood Magazine
"A strident sonic attack. As if reverberating echoes of MBV, Dinosaur Jr. and Ringo Deathstarr united in a psychedelic caress. Every guitar howl is like a hallucination of moving water dancing some nonsensical ballet" – The Blog That Celebrates Itself
Alt-rock outfit Burning House present their new single 'Mirror Song', providing a psychedelic power-gaze preview of their long-awaited album 'Anthropocene', due out in early 2019. 'Peach' is also offered as a second track for this single, offered exclusively via Bandcamp. These are the first signs of the debut album, arriving hot on the trail of the band's 'Tracer' EP, released on October 7.
Recalling the unruly feedback of Jesus & Mary Chain and Big Black, 'Mirror Song' is otherwise a melodic rollercoaster – a tour de force of Elliott Smith-inspired chord changes, backed by an orchestra performing on shards of glass. The accompanying video was produced and directed by Callum Scott-Dyson CSD Videography.
Hailing from Southampton, Burning House formed in 2013 after many incarnations - today they are a trio comprised of frontman and guitarist Aaron Mills, drummer Dominic Taylor
and bassist Patrick White. Mills, the band's sole songwriter has refined the art of recording music over the past decade, in parallel with his technical skill as a guitar player. Their music rides the soft/loud dynamic well, producing music ranging from beautiful melancholy to loud feedback-driven post rock.
Fusing elements of shoegaze and decade-spanning American Indie (Elliott Smith, Swans, Deerhunter, Teenage Fanclub, Slint, Pixies), Burning House's sound is defined by multi-layered piercing guitar rhyhtms, sophisticated melodic arrangements, and tempos spanning introspective, stripped down pieces through to distinctly upbeat, frenetic songs.
"Lyrically I was inspired by Jorge Luis Borges, in particular 'labyrinths", The Mirror stage in Psychology and the poetic cinema of Andrei Tarkovsky. All these components served as a scaffold to the final product, both aesthetically and lyrically," says Aaron Mills.
"Mirror Song is about reflections, the reflections we make and ones we actively seek. Our secret and emergent energies that dictate motives realised only posthumously."
After gingerly approaching BBC 6 Music's indie doyen Steve Lamacq with a 4-track demo while in Southampton, Lamacq was so enthralled that he chose Burning House to appear on 6 Music's new bands line-up.
Burning House have opened for the legendary Wire, after earning the appreciation of Colin Newman. The trio's euphoric sound has also led to playing all over the south coast with the likes of Moon Duo, Shonen Knife, Is Bliss and Kagoule.
'Mirror Song' will be released on November 9 via online stores and streaming platforms, including Spotify and iTunes, as well as Bandcamp.
released November 11, 2018
MIRROR SONG CREDITS
Recorded at Valley Studios, Winchester
Engineered by Ben Startup and Tali Trow
Mixed and Mastered by Peter Fletcher at First Love Studios
Music and words by Aaron Mills
Performed by Burning House
Aaron Mills: Vocals, Guitars, Samples
Patrick White: Bass
Ash Babb: Drums
Photographic art by India Lawton (from her work 'Scars')
'Mirror Song' cover artwork by Sarah Jean Adler
Video produced and directed by Callum Scott-Dyson CSD Videography
"The music they produce ranges from the most beautiful and melancholy soundtrack to the loudest of feedback driven post
rock. They have certainly mastered the soft/loud dynamic, of bands such as Swans, Mogwai and low" ClubDasEnde
Great four track EP that finds and maintains a pleasing groove for its entirety. If you enjoy classic shoegaze fuzz with vocals floating over a wave of textural sounds, then add this to your favourites. Michael Reilly
I bought Drowned in a Sea of Sound the day it was released, and it is one of my dearest possessions. I followed their blogspot and hung dearly onto any word, for all 10 years, afraid they'd never release another album. But here they are, as though they'd never left. The Daysleepers have the sonic beauty of Slowdive, the haze of Bloody Valentine, and the vocals of Airiel and Cocteau Twins, yet I prefer them over all the above. This album was well worth the wait. Bartzabel