Interviews: Burial Party

In this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Post-Hardcore/Rock band Burial Party from the USA. Check out the interview and follow the band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

1. Where did you get the idea for the band name, you planned it or came out just like that?

We couldn't settle on a name for the longest time. We were starting to book shows, and the pressure was on to come up with something. Our vocalist John suggested Burial Party and it suits us perfectly. The songs are aggressive and intense, but not solemn or pretentious. We hope people are having fun when they listen.

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

We've all been involved in the hardcore/punk/metal/DIY community for something like 100 years collectively. At this point, it's just what we do. At some point, I figured getting older would mean mellowing out, but I've found the opposite to be true. I've grown and matured, but I think it's impossible to not be angry at the inequality, injustice, and fucked up social mores that are increasingly apparent the older I get. This music is a productive way to channel those feelings.

3. Did you know each other before the band was formed?

Adam, Eric, John, and Justin had all played in bands with each other, and I've been around in the scene most of that time playing in other bands.

4. Each band member favorite band?

I'm not sure about individual favorites, but collectively we talk a lot about Fugazi, His Hero is Gone, and Black Flag.

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

Authoritarianism in America, the ways that advancements in technology and the way we communicate are making it easier for us to escape into our own bubble without addressing the problems we need to deal with collectively, getting older.  
6. Where was your last gig?

At the Brass Rail in Fort Wayne, one of our favorite places to play.

7. Any of you has ever suffered from stage fright? Any tip for beginners on how to beat that?

I still get nervous before every show. The only way I know to beat it is to get up there and do it. I think that we're all harder on ourselves than other people are. Other people aren't going to realize you made a mistake or think about the thing you're beating yourself up over. They want to hear some noise, you're there to make it. Just go with it.

8. What bands have inspired you the most?

I was 16 when I heard Cash Out by Fugazi, and I had no idea what it was about, but I thought the music was brilliant. I'd lived a relatively privileged life, and had to educate myself on gentrification to understand what they were singing about. The further I dug through their catalog, the more I learned. Fugazi taught me that singing about something didn't have to be sermonizing and that aggressive music could be smart and articulate. I can't think of a band that's been more inspirational than that.

9. What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you for?

I've been asked for an autograph a few times, which is beyond weird. I'm just a dude.

10. What do you think of your fans?

It's really flattering whenever someone has nice things to say about the music we play or they take time to come out and see us. I think they swell.

11. What do you think of our site?

I think it's awesome that you feature so many heavy bands, it's a great place to find something new to listen to and It's a great service you're doing for the scene.

12. Something add?

Thanks for your time, check out the new record "Please, Electric Move Slow" on July 12.

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