MISSION OF BURMA (vs, est. 79')
"the most criminally undersung band of the 1980s."
"Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground, 1981–1991
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 postpunk rock which remains vital today.
Mission of Burma epitomizes the age-old, artistic quandary of being influential but not famous; to have critical but not commercial success. Though relatively few saw them during their short but burning career (1979-1983), Mission of Burma inspired countless artists over the years, including Nirvana., Sonic Youth & The Pixies,
the Conley-penned anthem ‘That’s When I Reach For My Revolver,’ quickly became the band’s calling card. (The song has since been covered by, amongst others, Sugar, Catherine Wheel, and Moby)"
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“Rotterdam awkwardists churn underground noise with bracing warped pop appeal”
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Tickets: 12/15 euro