Burial Party – Interview
Interview with Dan from Burial Party and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
Dan: Burial Party is loud rock and roll band from the Midwest influenced by post-hardcore, punk, and metal with a healthy dose of melody.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
Dan: We formed in 2017 and have been playing shows around Fort Wayne, Indiana. We’ve all played in bands around the area for the last 15 – 20 years and formed Burial Party out of a desire to play the kind of loud and reckless music we weren’t hearing much of from our local scene. We recorded four songs last winter and are releasing them as a 7″ on July 12. It’s called “Please, Electric Move Slow.”
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
Dan: Some of our musical influences include Fugazi, Converge, Snapcase, Tragedy, and Jawbox, with some 90s guitar-rock and rock and roll swagger thrown in for good measure. As far as non-musical influences, the madness of the current political situation in America where racism, bigotry, and xenophobia are on the rise, and human rights are being set back 50+ years is a pretty big inspiration. So is the increasing pervasiveness of technology and how it intrudes on our daily lives. As dad’s, we’re all pretty terrified of what sort of world, we’ll leave for our children.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
Dan: We’re easy to please, as long as we’re having fun, playing shows, and releasing music we’ll consider this a success.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
Dan: The songs usually start when I bring a rough song idea to the band, usually just a few riffs. We jam on it with everyone making a contribution and collaborating on the arrangement. Then we’ll make a rough recording on a phone so we can listen to it and make tweaks and so John can put words to it. It’s all very collaborative.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
Dan: We’re on facebook and instagram, and should have a website soon.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
Dan: Art is best when it can be enjoyed by anyone. Downloading and streaming made music for everyone, not just those with means. There will always be people who are willing and able to support musicians financially whether it’s coming to a show, buying a record, or other merch.
PD: What’s your outlook on the record industry today?
Dan: I don’t have much of an opinion. My only experience with music has been part of the DIY community. We’re doing this by ourselves and I don’t imagine that will change.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
Dan: Jane Doe by Converge. I’m a huge fan, especially of Kurt Ballou’s guitar playing. I hope someday I write a guitar melody that effects someone half as much as the guitar melody around the 7:00 mark does me. I still get chills even after listening to it for the last 15 years.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
Dan: Musical conservatism and dogma in punk/hardcore. I find it funny that in a scene that so often embraces progressive politics, that music has to fit within stylistic and thematic boundaries to be “true”.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
Dan: For me, in Burial Party, it was playing our first show in almost six months this past March. In that time our vocalist John opened a restaurant, our bassist Justin rehabbed from a surgery, and our other guitarist Eric has just joined the band. It seemed for a while that so much was up in the air and the band wasn’t getting together much during that time. The show was great, and I felt like we really locked in as a band. We’re all excited about where the band is headed and it feels good to be back and as busy as ever.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there
Dan: We’re playing with Casteless and Flesh Mother at the Brass Rail on June 14. You should be there, because those bands rip. We’re back at the Rail on July 11 for the release show of “Please, Electric Move Slow”.
Check out our page for Burial Party