I knew the day was about to take an unexpected turn the moment
I opened this media kit to withdraw the cover letter, and
noticed the salutation addressed, "My dear witches and warlocks."
Unnaturally, my immediate knee-jerk response was, "Uh-oh,
Burn Witch Burn, the self-titled CD from this Pennsylvania-based
act, of which members consists of; Rodney Linderman (ex-Dead
Milkmen), Vienna Linderman, Rob Piekarski, Bill Ferguson,
Todd Yoder and Steve Demarest, is a strange and eerily-clad
14-track mix, indeed, of dark lyrics touting destruction.
To get an even better idea, it is what gangster rap would
sound like if sung, with a twist.
Further adding to the creepiness, is the musical support
of Old World Irish/Celtic instrumentation such as the mandolin,
banjolin, melodeon, and bouzoukin. Massacres, torture, and
enslavement...you know, the "normal" stuff of everyday society,
are subjects addressed fervently. This recording adds, yet,
another to my 1,001 reasons to never visit warm exotic faraway
lands such as Transylvania, though the band is a perfect soundtrack
vehicle for the myriad of "scary" movies that are now visited
upon us endlessly.
The most aptly recognized act that I, personally, can compare
"BWB" to, is "Marilyn Manson," with such titles as "Kavorkian,"
"Flowers of Sulfur," "Cripplegate," and "Painting The Furniture
Oh, yeah...the cover letter closed with the following statement:
"Burn Witch Burn is almost a sick perversion of music. So
lest ye want to roast on the devil's rotisserie, take a listen
and let us know what you think when we call you in a couple
of weeks to follow up and discuss interview/story opportunities."
Sorry, but my telephone has just been disconnected. Hmm--where
is Batman when you really need him? Now, after suffering through
this, then completing my own self-exorcism, that trip I've
been planning to Ecuador looks mighty tempting. In fact, I'm
calling up American Airlines in about 2 minutes.
- Kenny Love
- Beaumont Arkansas
- Treetop Flotilla
- Night Of 100 Popes
- How Beth Found Fame
- Flowers Of Sulfur
- Ruffy Tuffy/At Work In The Factories Of The Lord
- New Tsar & Catapult/Drowsy Maggie
- The Farragut Light
- Painting The Furniture Black/Harvest Home
- The Mayor's Story
- Parson's Farewell