For Fans Of: Underøath / Static Dress / Lovehatehero
It’s easy to become complacent in what you’re listening to and sometimes, you need a band to come along and remind you that there is ALWAYS another great artist to be found. The Burden is that band. Reminiscent of Underøath, their sound is firmly rooted in the post-hardcore scene, but they certainly don’t shy away from creating plenty of texture and melody. Having released their second album, Sinking Feeling, at the tail-end of 2019, we chat to vocalist and guitarist, Jake Olexyn, about self-funding the record and more.
Words: Renette van der Merwe
Tell us a little about yourself. Where the name came from, how long you’ve been going for and anything else new fans would want to know.
Hey guys, we’re The Burden from Prince George, British Columbia, Canada. We started the earliest iteration of the band way back in August 2013 after our high school band dissolved. Our name actually came from the Memphis May Fire song “The Burden”. We loved how moody and somber that interlude felt. Since then we have released a small demo, two full length records and an EP!
Can you recall your very first memory of music?
My parents were always very into music, my mom was actually learning guitar when I was in the womb but quit when I was born. I remember always blasting mix CD’s on road trips and having the radio on. I fell in love with music and how it can communicate feelings like nothing else can at a very young age, the rest is history.
“I think it’s for me personally, what we all wanted Underoath to be when they came back”
Audio Addiction on Sinking Feeling
Who’s on your wishlist of artists that you’d love to collaborate with and/or open for on tour?
Personally I would LOVE to get The Blood Brothers together again and rip some gigs with them. Being “realistic” with bands that are actually still active I would go with Underoath, Microwave, Static Dress, and Spiritbox!
Speaking of live shows, what’s your favourite story from a show so far?
Shortly after we dropped our EP The Presence of Past Tense, our friends in Living Machines brought us to Kelowna to celebrate a recent release of theirs. The show was sold out and packed with people who knew the words to our songs, it was mindblowing to experience as a small band.
You funded Sinking Feeling yourselves right? What were some of the most challenging and also most rewarding aspects of doing it that way?
Yeah! It’s tough being independent and self-funded but it’s also so rewarding. We do this because we love it, it’s nice to have full creative control with our music. The toughest thing about it really is financially coming up with the funds necessary to record and promote it. It’s also super rewarding to say that you were able to do it yourself. We really got to take our time with writing and recording the record and we’re so excited with how it turned out.
Settle an argument for us (and the rest of the world) pineapple on pizza?
I say no but the rest of my band disagrees with me, so as much as it pains me to say it, the majority says yes.
Rising to the challenge, The Burden have put together an electrifying collection of songs that best encapsulates the artists and music that inspire them as a band.
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