After stepping off the show circuit and spending the last six months recording and perfecting a new album, Burnt Ones have emerged out of the smoke to announce the March 28 release of their third LP, Gift, via Castle Face Records.
Describing the reasons behind taking a break from live performances, lead singer Mark Tester tells Impose, “We decided to stop playing shows and to stop thinking about playing music from a live perspective. That was immensely informative as far as the development of the record. Between our tour, and traveling with/bootlegging Mike Donovan & Band for a couple weeks after, I started thinking a lot about space and distance, the time it takes to get to places and everything that gets passed and looked over in between.”
Along with a release date, the band recently unleashed the first cut of the new record, titled “Spell Breakers.” Starting off with a drum machine (“wonderful, secret, junk instrument”) opener and an understated guitar riff, the track unfolds into a layered sonic tapestry woven out of punchy live drums, familiar distorted guitars, dissonant undercurrents, bright keys, and outwardly simple but intrinsically mind-melting lyrics like, “If I ever find my proper place, will I know?,” a line Mark delivers during a hushed moment when the song strips down to a single guitar. The results are stunning and pleasantly stimulating, preluding the next chapter for a band that continues to push forward.
Burnt Ones are joining Ty Segall for the second gig of his two-night stint at Rickshaw Stop next month. It will be the band’s first show since August and they’ve promised new material, so have a listen to the track below and if you dig what you hear, show your face on Wednesday, February 26, for an extended preview of what you can expect from Gift.