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October 13, 2023 Interview with Irish indie rockers The Burma

Interview with Irish indie rockers The Burma

The Burma have returned with a stunning full length album titled Crazy Dreams & Cruel Realities, released on the 6th of October 2023 via their own label The Burma Music Group. Having received support from The Rolling Stone India, CLASH Magazine, NOTION Magazine, Hot Press, Atwood Magazine, and Off, the trio has also earned spins on RTÉ 2FM with Dan Hegarty as well as RTÉ Radio 1. Their single ‘Holiday’ has already premiered and received support from EARMILK, and the boys have earned support slots for artists such as The Academic and The Strypes, while simultaneously gaining extensive airplay across Ireland, the UK, and the USA. Read our interview with their drummer Cian Doherty below.

Walk us through your creative process?

The songs always starts with either Peter (guitar) or Tony (vocals). One of them will come up with the initial idea and send some sort of a demo to the rest of us and it goes from there. Sometimes the demos can be full arrangements of a song, and other times they can be just a voice note with chords and a melody or one single instrument part, it varies. We do the majority of our work on our own at home, recording and writing parts etc. and then we send in a recording of it into our group chat and let the others sit with it for a while. We make adjustments from there. We wouldn’t really be the type of band to jam for hours in practice. There’s usually a plan for each rehearsal and we go in and get it done with parts that have been worked on and written at home.

Who are your biggest artistic influences?

The Smiths, Tame Impala, The Strokes and The Weekend.

What instruments do you play?

Tony O Donovan is the singer, Peter Piggott is the guitar player and Cian Doherty is our drummer.

What would you like to work with if you weren’t a musician?

I (Cian) would be working in the business side of the music industry as either an artist manager or tour manager.

Whats one piece of gear you can’t live without? What equipment are you using?

The Roland SPD-SX. We use some tracks for our live shows for extra synths and processed vocals etc. so we have the whole show built around the use of the SPD-SX. I am in control of the tracks from the drums so there’s a lot that goes on surrounding that and making sure it runs smoothly. Peter records each track himself and looks after the audio for each one and makes sure it’s show ready. We’re always updating and trying to improve them.

Tell us something unrelated to music. What are your hobbies?

We’re pretty boring. Music pretty much dominates our life.

If you could meet one performer/artist who would it be?


What does the future hold for you as an artist?

A life making a living from our music, hopefully.

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June 28, 2023 Black Light White Light express complex feelings in ‘Epilepsy’

Black Light White Light express complex feelings in ‘Epilepsy’

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Admiration is a state, if we can call it that, full of conflicting emotions. There’s a shard of envy in there, a dash of desire to complicate things, an extra helping of high esteem and unconditional regard. It is the recognition of an ideal. An ideal that music tries to reach. Pursuing said ideal and capturing the accompanying emotions, the Indie rock band Black Light White Light has shared an emotionally-turbulent single from their latest album, a project titled The Admirer

Stream / Download: Black Light White Light – The Admirer

“I think the album presents the band’s most personal, versatile and certainly most adventurous release to date,’ said  Black Light White Light. ‘It delivers psychedelic rock, cosmic pop, and piano-driven ballads with wandering melodies, layers of keyboards, sizzling delay guitars, and manipulated effects to an intoxicating mix that jumps and has plenty of edge in 10 songs with personal lyrics about pain, doubt, love and confusion. My most personal songs to date.”

The single, ‘Epilepsy’, sees songwriter and band member Martin Ejlertsen pen a tale that disturbs but entices in its free-flow lyricism. Available now under the Forward Backwards Recordings label.

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June 23, 2022 Indie rock band The Burma share latest anthem

Indie rock band The Burma share latest anthem

Indie band The Burma have shared latest single ‘Sleepers’, and let’s just say this psychedelic-infused gem will have you singing along with its anthemic-like lyrics within an instant. Not heavy on the listener’s palette with its smooth and light indie production, one could easily think back on days of innocence, youth and maybe a little bit of rebellion. 

Stream/ download: ‘Sleepers’

The band previously shared their excitement about unveiling sharing ‘Sleepers’ on social media: “Sleepers” is probably our favourite song we’ve recorded as a band to date and we’ve been loving playing it live! “

A band that enjoys crafting a nostalgia-driven and indie infused sound , their lyrics are always relatable in some way and that is what makes this band one to watch. This track was also mastered by Richard Dowling who has worked  with world famous rock and alternative acts that include David Bowie and Foo Fighters to name a few.

Upcoming Tourdates:

29th July – All Together Now, Co. Waterford

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January 27, 2022 PREMIERE: Indie band The Assist rebel with song ‘Television Kid’

PREMIERE: Indie band The Assist rebel with song ‘Television Kid’

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Life is more than just a runway show or performance stage with The Assist’s latest track ‘Television Kid’. An indie track that will have you chained to its rhythm, the band wrote this song about all those people constantly chasing attention and fame. As an effect, they lose their sense of reality and end up spiraling, losing things that they hold close to their heart in the process. The band have been going strong independently since their inception in 2014, performing alongside acts like Blossoms and Black Honey. Not feeling the need to conform to a certain sound, the act experiment with hip-hop, disco textures, and any topic their heart desires – badass.

Vocalist Mikey shares: “Ambition is an admirable trait and I’m a strong advocate for having dreams that we live and die by. However, it is important to ensure that whilst chasing our dreams we are aware of the bigger picture that is life. In order to grow and maintain a realistic outlook on life it is important to acknowledge that defeat is very much possible and as individuals we aren’t invincible.” 

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