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Burning Heads








Hometown: Orleans (France)

About:

You may not have heard of this band yet this side of the Atlantic ocean, but Burning Heads weren‚??t born yesterday. In fact, with 5 albums under their belts and a compilation album as well, they‚??ve been around. Burning Heads started as a band back in 1988, having come together as a result of the split of other groups that were playing fast fucked and furious punk rock and New York style hardcore in their native town of Orleans, France.

fter countless appearances on split singles and compilations, Burning Heads cut their first 7" in 1991. Nothing would stop them from then on. They recorded their first album in December 1992, released on Sematary records. Donnel Cameron from Bad Religion produced the album. (Self titled) Back home in France, they kept on crisscrossing the country, playing in every youth center and squat in sight. Play It Again Sam then signed Burning Heads and their second opus, "Dive", recorded with Jack Endino in Paris (Soundgarden, Nirvana), was released in October 1994. The band definitely set their own standard with the "Dive" album, and, for the first time, gained international recognition.

In 1995/96 the band recorded a 30 second song for a compilation in protest of French nuclear testings in the Pacific atolls entitled ‚??Holiday in Mururoa‚??. Before going back in the studio to record their 3rd platter, √?Super Modern World√? Burning Heads toured non–stop, playing with bands as storied as NOFX, Bad Religion, Propaghandi, Les Thugs, Noir Desir, Down By Law, and they even toured Canada with Ten Foot Pole. In 1997, the band released "The Weightless Hits", the complete antithesis of a "best of" record, since it regrouped all the B–sides and lesser known songs that had only been released on 7" over the years. 1998 marked a turn in the Burning Heads career when they signed with Epitaph records in Europe, allowing them to get their music distributed in every country throughout Europe for the first time.

They delivered both the much acclaimed "Be One With The Flames" album, and the latest "Escape" in November 1999. "Escape" was written between March and June 1999, after which the band hopped on a plane to the good old US of A. The band then took a breather on the West Coast. They played a few shows in Los Angeles, did a live radio session for KXLU (LA), then headed up the coastal highway to Seattle. There they played one show before getting back down in the studio with legendary producer Jack Endino (Nirvana).


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