Seagull & Circle and the Equestrian Collective present a transatlantic double header bringing The Burning Hell and Nana Grizol to Durham for the first time… you’re in for a treat!
The Burning Hell (Canada)
The Burning Hell is the alter-ego of Canadian songwriter Mathias Kom, and the band has been on the road in one form or another since 2007, playing everywhere from the chaos of Glastonbury to the loneliness of the Arctic Circle, popping up in bars, festival tents, living rooms, abandoned bunkers, and a mental asylum in rural France along the way. Musically, the lineup and sound of the Burning Hell has been ever-changing, running the gamut from introspective folk to hyperactive rock and roll. This means both that no two Burning Hell records sound alike, and that the band can adapt to its surroundings like a karma of anthropomorphic chameleons, taking the audience on a supermarket-cart ride through hooky, upbeat pop songs, dark ballads about pet euthanasia, and anthems for barbarians, economic conferences, and love.
“Canada’s The Burning Hell write the kind of literate, funny, catchy songs that makes you want to learn all the words and shout them passionately back in their faces.”
Drowned in Sound
“The wordy songsmith behind Canadian quintet The Burning Hell, Mathias Kom has a dry wit and sharp eye that elevate indie-rock tunes into offbeat storytelling treats.”
“Even Jesus is going to enjoy this once he finally gets here.”
Tom Robinson, BBC Introducing
Nana Grizol (USA)
Residing in the college town of Athens, Georgia, is a new wave of lo-fi indie folk bands. These bands not only share similar styles of folk, they share the same label: Orange Twin Records. Initially set up by Laura Carter as a fundraiser for Orange Twin Conservation Community, the label is now home to the likes of Neutral Milk Hotel, Elf Power, and Nana Grizol, for which Carter plays or has played the trumpet.
Nana Grizol has been away from the scene a while – 2010’s Ruth was the band’s last release – but now they’re back with a new album, Ursa Minor, released in March of this year. The band manoeuvres between a heavy folk rock and delicate folk tales soaked in subjective experiences of loss, hope, and the great spectacle that is humanity. The band’s real charm is their lo-fi, garage sound. It’s enriched by a wealth of musicianship, notably the horn section. The trumpets, clarinet and Bari sax play an integral part in the band’s sound, suggesting nods in the direction of label buddies, Neutral Milk Hotel. Theo Hilton’s vocal tones echo that of Pavement’s Stephen Malkmus, but he has a real flare for making words sit effortlessly next to each other, without any grand statements. Quite simply, he tells it how it is, his own way.
Seagull & Circle is the gig promoting arm of Empty Shop, a non-profit arts org based in Durham. We deliver a handful of carefully programmed gigs each year, often in the form of a series and sometimes in collaboration with other promoters. This gig is is part of our next series of gigs happening between September and December 2017. Follow us on Facebook to keep up to date – click here
The Equestrian Collective is a Non-profit DIY events run by a gang of queer vegan punx in Durham. They are long term collaborators of Empty Shop and put on awesome shows – click here