Combining the talents of musicians who have played in Pianos Become the Teeth, Caverns, and Black Clouds, Burial Waves is a band that creates music that isn't that easy to peg down to a single genre bucket.
Featuring singer Kyle Durfey, bassist Kevin Hilliard, drummer Jimmy Rhodes, and the guitar team of Ross Hurt and Matthew Dowling, the DC-based quintet's stylistic approach finds them building tension and atmosphere with dissonance and soaring melodies, both from the guitars and vocals. Their press materials compare what Burial Waves is producing to late '80s Dischord Records and third wave Revelation Records, and that's definitely an apt observation.
Recorded by J Robbins (Jawbox, Burning Airlines) and Dennis Manuel, Burial Waves released their debut EP, Holy Ground, in late 2021. Today, we're premiering the Rory Sheridan-directed music video for "Light Heads," the huge-sounding opening cut from the EP:
Burial Waves guitarist Ross Hurt sent No Echo the following about the music video:
“This is the second time Burial Waves worked with Rory on a video, and this time we very much turned it over to him to help bring the song into something visual. The song has some pretty dizzying moments with moments of prettiness, and that's kind of Rory's wheelhouse... He nailed it.
"We're excited to have another way to have these songs out there. We're finally able to play them out live at some of our favorite venues with some of our favorite bands this coming week, and now we have even more to look forward to, potentially working with Rory more. Special thanks to The Showroom, Atmosphere Lighting, Fabrications Events, and Pete Duvall.”
"There were two very weird aspects of this video," drummer Jimmy Rhodes adds. "First, Rory had to shoot it while we were all needing to be socially distant in the middle of a pandemic. And if that wasn't weird enough, this was shot in a building in downtown DC just after the riots happened Jan 6th, 2020. We were lucky that we still had access to the building, which was on the perimeter of the highly military-guarded zone of the capitol.
"We would look outside from where we were shooting, and it felt like a military state seeing barbed wire fences and roadblocks guarding the capitol perimeter. There were literally tanks and armed guards right on the other side of the wall where we were filming. It was a very surreal experience."
Having supported Quicksand in DC last Fall, Burial Waves will be heading out on a run of shows with Kowloon Walled City and Rid of Me later this week. Check out the dates below.
Holy Ground is available now through Dark Operative, streaming and available through all digital providers including Bandcamp.
Burial Waves w/ Kowloon Walled City and Rid of Me:
4/21/2022 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY
4/22/2022 Silk City – Philadelphia, PA
4/23/2022 The Ottobar – Baltimore, MD
4/24/2022 Comet Ping Pong – Washington, DC
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