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THE BURNING HELL
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 the chaos of Glastonbury to the loneliness of the Arctic Circle, popping up in bars, festival tents, living rooms, abandoned bunkers, and a mental asylum in rural France along the way. In its current formation, The Burning Hell has Mathias Kom joined by longtime collaborators Ariel Sharratt (bass clarinet, drums) and Darren Browne (bass guitar, bouzouki). In the autumn of 2017, The Burning Hell will release their eighth full-length album, Revival Beach, and embark on a tour that will take them from the Rocky Mountains to the Mountains of Mourne, across the Tyrrhenian and the Norwegian Seas, and many other places in between. Always restless, The Burning Hell looks forward to a year of new sounds, new songs, and new people to share them with.
“The wordy songsmith behind Canadian quintet The Burning Hell, Mathias Kom has a dry wit and sharp eye that elevate indie-rock tunes into offbeat storytelling treats.” – Uncut Magazine
“Those who love The Burning Hell really love them, and can’t wait to share their respect for creative driving force Mathias Kom’s hyper-literate, warm, and witty stories…Kom’s rapid fire lyrics contain deep emotional depth and wide narrative breadth while keeping a common touch.” The Digital Fix
“[On Don’t Believe The Hyperreal] Ariel and Mathias open themselves up both
emotionally and artistically: it could be a mess but it’s actually a tight disciplined look at love in the 21st century.” – Americana UK
“Canada’s The Burning Hell write the kind of literate, funny, catchy songs that makes you want to learn all the words and shout them passionately back in their faces.” – Drowned in Sound
“Kom sings what he sees, from truculent kids and their smugly indulgent parents to corrupt corporate greed, to some things he doesn’t: Norse gods and the futility of cults. His half-spoken baritone will appeal to fans of punk vet Jonathan Richman, the music to those of pioneering alt-rockers They Might Be Giants. If that sounds a little too college rock clever, rest assured that Kom’s music falls on the right side of the indie rails, knowing but always careful to let the listener in on the joke.” – Q Magazine
“Even Jesus is going to enjoy this once he finally gets here.” – Tom Robbins, BBC Introducing
BLIMP ROCK (SOLO)
Blimp Rock is an innovative music cooperative with one simple goal: to purchase an airship and host the world’s first blimp-based music festival over Lake Ontario, through the sale of easy listening rock. On behalf of parent corporation Blimp Rock Enterprises, Blimp Rock frontman Peter Demakos writes simple tunes that hearken back to a simpler era – a time when hydrogen was loved and not feared for its combustible properties.
First market tested in 2013 with the release of self-titled album Blimp Rock, Blimp Rock’s comedic indie rock was a surprise success for Blimp Rock Enterprises, easily outpacing their previously top-performing investment in Rolodex futures. The band’s whimsical everyday subject matter and Demakos’ laconic delivery struck a cord with audiences worldwide, and the tour dates followed. Over a star-studded ensuing year the band has toured the world, presenting the Blimp Rock message through music and PowerPoint in all the world’s finest cities: Paris, Peterborough, Berlin and Windsor.
Soap Opera, the third Blimp Rock album, was released to the public on June 16th, 2017. A thematic tribute to coming clean, it’s also the first album to be released in bars of soap. Showering light on subjects ranging from coping with breakups to navigating a friendship with Satan, Soap Opera is (literally) Blimp Rock’s most refreshing record to date.
(4/5) “endearingly quirky songs with a Lou Reed-in-a-glam-phase twist… their real power lies in the increasingly sophisticated rock and roll.”
– NOW Magazine
“Fans of Sufjan Stevens and The Weakerthans would no doubt enjoy this kind of songwriting.”
– Adam Carter, CBC