For some mammals, like the Alpine Marmot, winter is a time for quiet hibernation. But for Ariel and Mathias, 'tis the season to venture forth and play some acoustic duo shows!
We're starting with some German dates in December, and in early 2014 we'll make like the American Bushtit and migrate south for some gigs in the sunshine of Italy and Greece with the freshest face in Frankfurt, Boo Hoo.
Then, in April, we'll be heading to Ireland, Wales, England and Scotland for the first time ever. All this is very exciting to us. We hope you're excited too. Dates are constantly being added so check 'em out HERE.
Each artist brought a new song with them, and we all formed mini-supergroups to record each one. "You, you're on bass! And you, you're on guitar! Who plays the bongos?" That kind of thing.
At night, we were busy rehearsing for our two big Cost of Doing Business shows in Whitehorse and Dawson City. Along the way, we managed a few Yukon excursions too - see the photo above? That's us (minus Mathias and Richard, who were busy taking pictures) at the Takhini Hot Springs, enjoying a nice post-recording soak. Good times!
For those of you not lucky enough to live in the Yukon, stay tuned in 2014 for the release of our collaborative, as yet untitled album. The amazing cherry on the music-cake is that the incredible Shary Boyle has been up here all week with us, working on artwork and projections for the show, and brewing up some potential eventual album artwork too!
It's been an honour and a blessing to know and work with all of these amazing people, and I'll never forget it. In the words of Shotgun Jimmie, life is a miracle. Cha cha cha.
September 1, 2013
More Fun Forever
Look at this nice photo (by the legendary MoreEats of Liechtenstein) of us standing on a roof in Zürich. See how there's a slight separation between Ariel and Mathias on the left, and Nick, Jake and Darren on the right? MoreEats is a very talented photographer, and with this space he subtly symbolizes the geographic rift between the two halves of the band: Ariel and Mathias remain on one side of The Pond, and The Boys are on the other. But believe us, we are all together in our hearts.
Despite the distance, Ariel and Mathias soldier on, doing some shows throughout the rest of 2013 as a duo. It's true, we are missing the fingerwizardry of Darren, the charming, effortless drum-winking of Jake and the golden pipes and heavy bass of Nick, but we still have a lot of love to give. These duo shows are kind of special, and most of them are in intimate, cozy venues where we'll all get to know each other better than we did before. So don't be shy, come say hi.
Stay tuned as well for imminent news about something tasty cooking in the Yukon!
June 30, 2013
The Burning Hell Strips Down...
Nick, Jake, and Darren are heading back across the pond pretty soon but Ariel and Mathias are sticking around the Old World to play a series of stripped-down shows in Germany, Spain and France this summer - come spend an evening with us in one of these excellent places:
08.07. Mainz - Baron (last show with the band!)
09.07. Heidenheim - Theater SchattenDaSein
10.07. Stuttgart - Wilhelmspalais/Live auf der Treppe
11.07. Ludwigsburg - Flint w/Café 612
12.07. Frankfurt - No.2 Records (Mathias solo)
13.07. Hamburg - Woody Bash VI Festival/Hasenschaukel (Mathias solo w/ Phoebe Kreutz, Dibs & more)
26. - 28.07. Hahnenbach - Hunsrück Open Air Festival (w/Freschard, Stanley Brinks, The Wave Pictures, Jeffrey Lewis and more)
10.08. Darmstadt - Gute Stube Festival im Forst
15.08. Barcelona (ES) - Festes de Gràcia/ Bar Musical Alfa w/Toby Goodshank
16.08. Toulouse (FR) - The Persimmon House w/Toby Goodshank
17.08. Darnius (ES) - Darnius Fest w/Toby Goodshank
18.08. Perpignan (FR) - L'Ubu w/Toby Goodshank
06.09. Fürth - Badstraße 8 Festival
08.09. Jena - Wohnzimmer Sessions
28.09. Greifswald - Kultur Bar
May 24, 2013
People on Vinyl in Canada
Hello! We are really, really relieved and happy to announce that our new record, "People" is finally available on vinyl in Canada! Phew! The Canadian leg of our album release tour may have passed, but if you're looking to get yourself a brand new, 180 gram, green vinyl, foil-stamped limited edition copy of the new record you can head over to Headless Owl Shop and get a copy hand-delivered to your door (by one of Canada Post's finest employees.)
Thank you to everyone who has been coming out to our shows, we're having a great tour so far, and there's plenty left to come! Check out our tour dates and come say hi!
May 15, 2013
Hello from beautiful Saarbruecken where we have been eating hard-boiled eggs and swimming in a swimming pool best described as "Lynchian." Our album release tour has been wonderful so far with attractive, dancing audiences and delicious local brews. The German press has said nice things about our album, the sun has been shining and we are staying hydrated.
However, it occurs to us that we have neglected to share with you (dear website readers) a few of the videos that we have made (often in conjunction with very talented film-y people) for songs from the new record, "People".
First, here is a video that Mathias made himself featuring several similarly bearded men and a Canadian Coast Guard ice breaker that helped us get to Fogo Island back in March.
Now feast your eyes on the incredible work of St. John's dynamos HeavyWeather who shot a hip-hop video for us in the syle of 1997 for the song Amateur Rappers. Big thanks to all our home-town home-slices who came out and danced and acted for this one. Check it out here:
And finally, our awesome friend Patrick Canning made one of the trippiest videos we've ever seen for the song "Sentimentalists". We can't even begin to imagine how long it took to edit Jake and Darren into ribbons whirling around Signal Hill.
That's all for now. If you'd like you can join our new mailing list and we'll send out an email when we finish the other videos. We're pretty excited about some of the plans for the other songs on the record! Subscribe to our newsletter here!
In the depths of February, Ariel and Mathias traveled to the Yukon, where they met with the kind and talented Gary and Brianne Bremner of GBP Creative and the faceless corporate moguls behind Headless Owl Records to produce this here video* for Holidaymakers, a song from our upcoming album People.
*Not suitable for all audiences. Scenes of graphic violence involving children. Use of kitchen knife in unsafe manner may be upsetting to some viewers. No animals were harmed in the making of this video.
Good Friday, 2013
It Takes All Kinds Of People To Make A World.
My sixth birthday is a vague memory - I think it may have involved too many hot dogs, and probably a lot of running around and screaming. I imagine that most of my friends' parents went home that evening and had an extra glass of Adult Juice, for their 'nerves'. And I'm sure the occasion was momentous for me at the time. Sadly, I can't remember much at all.
Happily, however, I can celebrate the number six all over again, because on April 16th, our sixth album will be released, and shortly thereafter we will wade once again into the warm waters of Tour Lagoon. I hope you'll strap on your snorkel and join us.
In Canada, we're doing an extra-special pressing of the record on heavyweight neon green vinyl, complete with foil stamped artwork, a free download, real human hair, and all the trimmings (the hair part was a joke). There are a limited number of these being made, and you can pre-order one through Headless Owl Records.
The album - as the name implies - is all about the people it takes to make a world: Amateur Rappers, Realists, Barbarians, and more. You can listen to a sneak-preview of the first track, Grown-Ups, right
January 1, 2013
Big Blue News For Yous.
As John McLane might say: Yippee ki-yay, Mom! We have big news, and it comes in three parts, like a trilogy, or a tetralogy minus one:
1. Our new EP "Old, New, Borrowed, Blue" is officially available today! On the internet through Zunior, iTunes, Bandcamp, and all the other usual digital places, and physcially on an extremely limited edition 10" slab of blue vinyl courtesy of Headless Owl Records.
2. Tour dates! Tour dates! Check out the dates right HERE.
3. On April 16, our latest full-length album "People" will be out and about in the world like a new kitten, except instead of fluffy and cute it will be loud and made of vinyl and plastic. In Canada you'll be able to order "People" through Headless Owl Records and (weewerk), and in Europe through BB Island. And of course, you can get it directly from us at any of our shows (see point #2).
We'll have videos, special announcements and all kinds of surprises coming soon. Thanks for listening. Thanks for being you. Thank you for being a friend.
January 1, 2013
Everything new is old again.
Folks, according to the Gregorian calendar it is now a new year, and this is cause to celebrate. Here at the offices of The Burning Hell, the staff are excited by the imminent release of both a new 10" EP and the sixth full-length Burning Hell album. Both were recorded last summer in Berlin, and both are finally almost ready to see the bright light of day.
The EP - "Old, New, Borrowed, Blue" - features new recordings of two classic Burning Hell jams, a very special cover song, and two songs from the full-length recording sessions as well. It will be available in mid-February on a limited edition 10" slab of blue vinyl courtesy of Headless Owl Records.
Next, in mid-April, we're releasing our newest full-length album "People", and embarking on another epic tour of many lands and wildernesses to play songs for you and for your friends and family too. "People" will be available in Canada through Headless Owl Records and in Europe through BB Island. In the meantime all of our other records are still available from (weewerk), so there's lots of us for you to take home.
Stay tuned for more details, stay warm, and stay gold, Ponyboy.
November 17, 2012
Like a giant squid, we have many powerful appendages.
Did you know that in the last few months, three Burning Hell members (Hellers? Hellikins? Hellheads?) have released their own records? THREE! Holy moly, that's a lot. And as Dale Cooper might say, Diane, if you ever get up this way, that pie is worth a stop.
First is Michael C. Duguay's solo record 'Heavy on the Glory'. Recorded in Peterborough by James Bunton (Light Fires, Ohbijou, etc) and featuring a who's who of Kawarthan talent, this one has been a long time coming - and it's finally out, so cash those cheques and spend them
Next up to bat is Jake Nicoll's aptly-titled Tour EP. While the rest of the band was busy drinking beer or eating dinner (or, ahem, loading gear) Jake could often be found immersed in headphones with all manner of technology sprouting out of his rucksack. We had no idea he was actually doing something productive. In any case, it's great, and it's
Lastly, but not leastly, it's Nick Ferrio and his Feelings debut album! Europeans were digging this record months before Canadians got their hands on it this fall, but now it's available for the whole world to enjoy. If you're a fan of country music - actually, if you're a fan of plain old music - you should definitely get yourself a copy
Enjoy the music, and stick around for more details on the not-so-far-off release of the 6th Burning Hell record, tentatively titled 'Led Zeppelin III'.
September 12, 2012
Making records, breaking records: a horoscope.
See the photo? That's Ariel, on her way to the mastering studio with the tapes of the album we recorded this summer in Berlin. And after making a record, we decided to break a record, as you might have heard. we played ten shows in ten countries in 24 hours, and we still had seventeen minutes to spare. Holy moly! At some point early in the new year, you'll get to see a documentary about the whole adventure. But for now, wow - we're tired. It's time for naps and pyjamas.
As for the new album, I don't want to say too much about it, because there's still time before it goes out into the world. Let's just say that, thanks to the tireless efforts and biblical patience of our producers Norman Nitzsche and Ramin Bijan, it sounds great. Let's also say that it's quite a departure for the band, a departure that we enjoyed taking. We hope you will too, though we also know how much people like for things to stay the same. But like I always say: if you want consistency, try religion or McDonald's.
Anyway, stay tuned for hints, leaks and updates about the new record and a 2013 release tour. For now, it's time to enjoy the end of the summer, the beginning of fall. Time to go to Halifax Pop Explosion. Time to think about canning preserves and gathering acorns. Time to figure out how to play a show in Antarctica.
In the meantime, if you'd like to talk, please drop us a line. We love to talk.
July 23, 2012
Goodbye, Arctic. Hello Helsinki!
Friends, we've had a wonderful time in the last little while. A wonderful and very busy time. First we recorded a new album in Berlin in June, then in early July we set a new world record for most shows in the most countries in 24 hours (ten)! As someone said somewhere along the way, we've been making AND breaking records.
Then we drove and drove and drove all the way up to Tromsø, Norway, far above the Arctic Circle, to play at the Bukta Festival, and along the way we hung out and played with the amazing Norwegian band Yo Yo Yo Acapulco, stopped in for a set at the Brønnøysund Roots Festival, and explored the fjords. Our van has been drifting south of late, however, and we're headed now to southern Finland for gigs in Turku and Helsinki at the Kuudes Aisti festival. I'm determined to learn Finnish in the next three days so that my stage banter at the festival will be ylevä ja täydellinen, kuten komea mutta vaarallinen mies klassikko elokuva!
But friends, if we don't catch up with you in Finland, we hope to see you around. We're still Jenny from the Block, as the poet wrote, and we want to hang out with you. Ariel and I (Mathias) will be playing a few intimate shows in Germany in August, and then we'll have a homecoming show on October 4 at the Ship with Nick Ferrio and his Feelings, and an appearance at the Halifax Pop Explosion, which I've always heard is nice. Plus - and this is only a rumour - there may be a special limited edition vinyl thingy with some tracks from the new record and some bonus weird ones on it, coming soonish. So don't be a stranger.
June 5, 2012
THE BURNING HELL WORLD RECORD TOUR!
Joining the fray of Jack Whites, Jay-Zs and Flaming Lips setting world records recently, The Burning Hell is set to break a world record in their own DIY, non-millionaire fashion.
On July 6, The Burning Hell will embark on a daring attempt to set a new world record for playing the most shows in the most countries in twenty-four hours. Beginning in Germany, the band will play ten concerts across Europe, ending in Slovenia 24 hours later.
The official Guinness rules are a bit too strict for The Burning Hell, since they involve taking commercial flights and playing in minimum 300-person capacity venues, and after all the Burning Hell is a band with big hearts but small wallets. But while this will be an unofficial attempt, a documentary film of the band’s adventure will chronicle every step of the marathon, and the world can decide for themselves whether or not the Burning Hell deserves the crown.
On tour in 2011, the band played four shows in four countries in 24 hours by accident. Looking into the record they discovered that Vincente Patiz currently holds the Guiness record for 8, while American guitarist Jeff Aug holds the unofficial record at 9.
Like a day-long version of a regular tour for small bands, the world record tour will include festival performances, house-shows, shows in record stores, bars and cafes throughout Europe. The Burning Hell dedicates this record attempt to the kind and loving DIY scenes that operate throughout the world and the hard-working bands and artists who tour regardless of obstacles that might stand in their way.
The Burning Hell is a five-piece band, and will pour themselves out of their tour van in the following locations:
July 6 - 19:00: Aachen, Germany - Hotel Europa
July 6 - 20:15: Maastricht, Netherlands – JVE
July 6 - 21:15: Liège, Belgium – L’An Vert (Festival Les Barbantes)
July 6 - 23:45: Luxembourg-Ville, Luxembourg – Le Rocas
July 7 - 1:15: Metz, France - L'Astrophone
July 7 - 7:00: Trogen, Switzerland - Viertel
July 7 - 8:30: Vaduz, Liechtenstein - Trou Noir
July 7 - 11:00: Innsbruck, Austria – Down Town Sound
July 7 - 15:00: Verona, Italy - Casetta Lou Fai
July 7 - 18:30: Šmartno (Goriška Brda), Slovenia
Every time we come to Tübingen we're overwhelmed by what a fantastic bunch of people live and put on shows at Wilhelma, and how incredible the audiences they attract are. But in the words of Phoebe Kreutz, last night was fun; tonight is gonna be fun too - we're off to Nürnberg to play at Hemdendienst, and then it's south and east to Austria, Slovakia and points beyond.
We've had a wonderful few weeks so far: Liechtenstein (Trou Noir in Vaduz and Alte Post in Schaan) was great as always, proving undoubtedly that it's not the size that counts. We also had a really good time touring in Switzerland with MoreEats, antifolk king of Triesenberg, including a video shoot for Nick in Zürich, a visit to the thermal baths in Baden, and a beautiful mountaintop show in Trogen, complete with tiny ping-pong and giant sausages. This past week we've been joined by hometown heroes Pilot to Bombardier, and it's been so much fun touring with them, getting to hear their beautiful music, and of course going to the water-park in Schwäbish Hall, where Nick and Jake had a hilarious mid-waterslide mishap and I got over my fear of four-story vertical drops into shallow pools. If anyone knows of any particularly exciting water-parks along our route, especially ones that might not pass safety code in Canada, please let me know. I think I'm addicted.
May 11, 2012
We're one week in to our European tour and so far things have been going sehr gut. Best show of the tour so far goes to Kesselhaus in Lauenau, just outside Hanover, but Berlin also deserves a mention for epic fun. Really though, all of the shows have been good, and we're looking forward to lots more of them. So if we haven't seen you yet, I hope we see you soon. Bis bald.
Today we're leaving Köln with its fabulous King Georg, river walks and big church thing, and heading to Frankfurt, beating heart of the Germany economy. We will trade stocks. We will wear high socks and small glasses. We will rock out in an art gallery called Salon Noir. And like the life of a mayfly, it will all be over so soon. Breed while you can, mayfly! Breed!
May 7, 2012
France votes for change, we vote for rock!
Congratulations to ex-Burning Hell tambourine player François Hollande on winning the French election yesterday. We'll miss you, but your country needs you even more than we do now.
Meanwhile, we're in Thuringia, hanging out with Jörg and his cichlids and getting ready to continue our adventures in Deutschland. If you're somewhere around central Europe, chances are we'll be coming to a theatre/bar/cafe near you, so check out our tour dates and come say Guten Abend. Off to Wetzlar! Vive la France libre!
April 28, 2012
We're off to the races!
It's day four of our mammoth summer tour, and like the mighty mastodon of yore, we are charging ahead with tusks glinting in the prehistoric sun. The great Stanley Brinks and Freschard are having a great time too, we're having a great time with them, it's basically great all around. Well, there was that ONE show... but let's not dwell on the (very recent) past. Halifax was amazing, Sackville was lovely as usual (thanks to Matt Charlton and the Bucklers!), and Montreal last night was top-notch. Now it's off to Wakefield and Peterborough before we stow away in our cargo ship to the old world... bis bald, Deutschland!
February 17, 2012
The Burning Hell set to melt icy Arctic hearts, says source.
It's official - or should I say "her kommer vi til isete lykke!"
That's right folks, The Burning Hell is finally heading north of the Arctic Circle, for two fantastic festivals: The Brønnøysund Roots Festival and the the Bukta Festival in Tromsø. The Cardigans will be there too, and I will fulfil my mid-90s dream of rocking out (slowly) to their cover of Iron Man under the midnight sun. After that, it's off to Lappland, where word on the street is that the REAL Santa Claus actually lives.
I am going to ride a reindeer.
January 30, 2012
Everything old is new again.
Looky! We have a brand new website. This is it! You're on it already, surfing your way around the warm, welcoming web-waters of Burning Hell Bay. Hang ten!
Jud Haynes designed it. Jud is great. You know who else is great? Steve McNabb, longtime Burning Hell trumpet player, website hoster, inventor and brand new dad. Thanks Jud and Steve!
Anyway, look around and stay awhile. It's nice to have you here.
Yours in the ether, Mathias
January 23, 2012
FRIENDS AND FOES
Happy Mayan Death Year. The Burning Hell has decided to celebrate the last year of human existence with - you guessed it, another tour! We couldn't think of anything better to do. Anyway, you're invited. You can check out the SHOWS page for more specific info, but we'll start things off with an appetizer tour of parts of Canada with the incredible Berliners Freschard and Stanley Brinks (fka André Herman Düne). Then it's off to Europe for a main course in May - shows with friends like Nick Ferrio and His Feelings and MoreEats around Germany, Austria and Switzerland. For dessert there will be surprise festival appearances in June & July in Germany and Scandinavia, plus possibly the craziest most secret thing we've ever done (details to follow), and lots of time spent hanging out in Berlin recording a new album. Come hang out with us. Please bring chicken and/or beer.