A horrible hack


Notes For A Catalogue For An Exhibition

Year Released: 2000
Format: LP
Label: No Idea Records
Reviewed by Andy Malcolm on Jun 13, 2007
Hmm, there is the familiar odour of burnt toast eminating from downstairs and I am beginning to wonder if it is at all connected to the fact that I am reviewing the Burnman LP here. Do you think? Do you think itís so? Maybe, just maybe.

Ya know, I spent a while listening to this and trying to figure out who it sounds like. And eventually I had to settle on the fact that it sounded like 12 Hour Turnís album crossed with Cornelius. Theyíve got the controlled chaos set in stone, and are mixiní it up with plentiful melodic emo grooves and powerful hardcore efficiency. Occasionally they slip into noodling over-complexity and end up falling on their backsides, but for the most part this record hits. And it hits at 45rpm, which instantly set off signals in my head before I even played it: ďthis is going to bed goodĒ. So many LPís that play at 45rpm are good. Itís a proven fact. The songs arenít played at unstoppable pace, but they do tend to be over in a flash and donít place lengthy demands on your attention.

If you are at all familiar with the mighty emo-ironists, I Hate Myself, then youíll be super happy to hear that Burnman features 2 IHM guys who, rather surprisingly, still havenít committed suicide, and are now playing this new style. Itís the same vocalist, and itís a pleasure, nay, an honour, to hear his whininí screamy tones on vinyl again. What a star.

Burns: Smithers...are they booing me? Smithers: Uh, no, they're saying "Boo-urnman! Boo-urnman!

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