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The Burning Hell
with David Newberry
From the Promoter
THE BURNING HELL
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.
David Newberry's songs provide insight into the remarkably complex world we live in. Never sacrificing hopefulness for truth (or beauty for despair) he coaxes the listener into a conversation about life, art, and the magic of survival in challenging times. Armed with a sharp eye for detail and an ear for pushing the boundaries of what roots music "sounds like," he has made a tangible impact across a number of musical communities.
Operating in a genre that folks have started to call 'Critical Canadiana,' Newberry's 2014 EP "Desire Lines," is proving that he is capable of building on the momentum that he has earned through years of relentless touring, exhilirating recordings, and a steadfast commitment to song-craft as the foundation for his body of work.
In 2010, Newberry released his debut record "When We Learn The Things We Need To Learn", quickly establishing himself as a legitimate force in Canadian music, while catching the eye of several of Canada's roots-elite, including Juno winner David Francey, who calls him "absolutely brilliant...," and EXCLAIM! Magazine, who pegged him way back then as "an artist to watch," more recently upgrading him to "evidence that Canadian roots music is in good hands."
His 2012 album "No One Will Remember You," (Northern Electric) produced by Adam Iredale-Gray of Fiddlehead Studios and featuring significant contributions from members of the Deep Dark Woods, Fish and Bird, and The Gruff, proved that Newberry is able to flawlessly combine his deep connection to timeless roots music with his well-worn understanding of the modern sonic palette.
Newberry came to music via a path that is less than typical. While pursuing a career as a carpenter, a construction accident left him without the use of his left hand. When his physiotherapist suggested that he learn an instrument as a means to rebuild his injured appendage, he dug into the guitar, emerging quickly as a poet with a hankering for noise.
There is a joy in David Newberry's sometimes somber music that is hard to explain. His live shows are frequently full of storytelling, humour, and a strange celebration of life somehow rooted in his twisted pessimism. Not one to waste words, David Newberry packs each phrase with the kind of thought, meaning, and complexity that is most often associated with singer-songwriters of the 1960s. But don't get the wrong idea - Newberry's music is inescapably forward looking, offering something that is equally appealing to lyric-oriented folk purists and fans of textured, contemporary alternative and indie music. In his spare time, David writes and records educational "kidult" songs for ScratchGarden. He also produced and performed on a spoken word/comedy record 'Three Paycheque Month', as a part of the comedic 'duo', The Ben Mills Two