Today, I’m bringing you some new music from Ontario five piece This Burning City. After forming 3 years ago, the band have been through a number of line up changes and released two singles over the last two years before settling on their current line up. This year, the quintet have spent their time touring and building up a fanbase all while writing and recording their debut EP ‘Blinded’ which was released earlier this year. Having already been through so much already as band, they can now look forward to reaping the rewards of their efforts and spending time enjoying themselves and their music.
I caught up with the band recently to find out more about them, their debut EP and what they have planned for the next few months.
Firstly, can you introduce us to yourselves and tell us more about the music you make?
We are This Burning City. An alternative hardcore band hailing from Gananoque Ontario, Canada. Our name sucks and our music’s not much better! We write a different take on hardcore music, taking our light and heavy influences to create an odd blend of heavy hard hitting music accompanied by light melodic tid bits.
Who would you say are your main influences and inspirations to start a band?
Our biggest, main influence into starting a band would be Dead and Divine. It’s what pushed us to start what we have. Watching them was a huge inspiration, and even moving forward continues to do so! We saw them live and said “Fuck it let’s jam”
You’ve recently released your debut EP ‘Blinded’, how has the reaction been to it so far?
The reaction has been good! We are pretty critical on ourselves so we tend to take every compliment as a forced gesture but it’s been really inspiring hearing what people think. It pushes us to better ourselves and truly step it up as we get together to jam.
How did you find the writing and recording process of your first EP?
It was an adventure and a learning experience. Learning what to do and what not to do, who to go to and who you can’t really mesh with has been hard on us. It was fun as hell but it’s been an expensive trip as well. We’ve had some stumbles but what we came out with was well worth the wait.
In terms of writing lyrics, where do you find you get your ideas from?
I can’t really speak on behalf of Steve too well, but I believe he takes from the world around him, the things that happen to him, society and world issues and pours it into the stuff he writes. He voices himself through his lyrics and that’s where you can really see how he feels.
You’ve been on tour quite a bit this year, how have you found it? And what is your favourite part of playing live?
Playing live is where we thrive. We love the energy and passion that comes from live performances. We love being a part of something with people and having them be a part of it with us. When people are singing the lyrics, dancing, or moshing, we can’t help but get excited. When someone who’s never seen you before takes the time to come up to you, you can tell you how great they thought you were, it reminds you why you do what you do.
You guys are from Ontario, how is the music scene over in Canada and on a local level?
It’s mixed. Some shows can go from packed to dead. The local scene over the years have seen some hits and misses. People take more convincing to come to shows than ever, but always question why they never came after they have a blast. A band can do really well here, but it takes work and you need to be good at what you do.
What are your touring plans for the next few months? Any plans to visit the UK?
No plans currently. We’re trying to write some new stuff and then get back on the road. We’ve been in the talks with some bands to possibly hit the road, but nothing is set in stone yet. UK would definitely be a market we’d love to break into, but it’s an expensive trip and would most likely take some time to plan.
Finally, what do we have to look forward to from you guys for the rest of 2015/beginning of 2016?
Hopefully a tour at some point and new music! It’s all about the new music. I think all of us in TBC are looking forward to getting some new stuff out for everyone!
You check out ‘Wasted Time’ from the EP below: