Mission of Burma to The Firebird 4/4 welcomed by Vintage Vinyl [Preview]
Wait. Yes, you read that correctly.
No, I'm not kidding.
A stunner out of left field for sure, but this show is confirmed and tickets are going on sale very soon. It's still January, but 2012 is already loaded with outstanding shows coming to St. Louis and this one will likely land in the critics year-end picks of favorites.
Currently working on a yet to be titled fifth studio album, their fourth since reforming in 2002, Boston-based Mission of Burma burst onto the scene in 1979 with an influential sound. Consisting of guitarist Roger Miller, bassist Clint Conley and drummer Peter Prescott; later adding Martin Swope as the group's live audio engineer and tape-effects artist. However, their time was cut short. After only releasing one full-length album and a few EPs, the band lasted until 1983 when Miller's issues with tinnitus worsened due to their loud stage volume and the group called it quits.
From the Firebird press release - "Playing a bracing mix of punk, pop, art rock, and avant-garde experimentation, the Boston quartet's vocal/guitar/bass/drums/tape manipulation line-up was relentlessly intense and dynamic. As adept at playing strident, angular blasts as they were at powerful, pretty instrumentals, Mission Of Burma were integral in laying the foundation for a movement in post punk rock which remains vital today."
Before and after the group originally broke up in 1983 they influenced many other bands who likely reside in your record collection: R.E.M., Yo La Tengo, Throwing Muses, Fugazi, Pixies, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Superchunk, Jawbox and more. During the late '80s R.E.M. covered Burma's "Academy Fight Song" to end shows on the Green tour and on a holiday fan club single. Other artists influenced by the group have covered "That's When I Reach For My Revolver." In fact, Moby turned in two versions of the song. A straight cover, and a remix which includes Conley's vocals from the original.
Tickets for this all ages show go on sale this Saturday, January 21, 2012 at Noon. Tickets are $18 to 20 with a $3 surcharge for minors. Go to the Firebird website for more info.
"That's When I Reach For My Revolver" (studio)
"Academy Fight Song" (Live)
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