Q&A with indie rock band, The Burma

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Indie-rock band The Burma have released their single ‘Same Again’ via Spooner Records and the track premiered via Rolling Stone India.

The song is taken directly off of their upcoming EP, Sugar Moonlight (3rd April 2020). So far, the band has supported acts like The Academic, The Strypes and Delorentos
. They have also performed at festivals like Vantastival, Doolin Folk Fest and Whelans Ones to Watch. The band consists of old friends Tony O’Donovan (vocals) and Peter Piggott (guitar) as well as Cian Doherty (Doolin, Co. Clare drummer). Their claim to fame is their first single ‘Quicksand’, which received national rotation on various radio stations, and has been streamed over ten thousand times.

We find out more about the Irish band in our interview below.

You have known each other for years, and all have musical backgrounds/families, why did it take six years to form the band?

Well, we’ve actually been a band since 2015, but Cian joined in 2018. Originally it was a five-piece all from Cobh, but two members went to live in Australia and the other is a professional soccer player in England now. Myself and Pete had known Cian from college and we were all great friends, so it was a really natural thing for him to join the band when he did.

Tell us about your highlights for the year

This year is all about releasing our new EP “Sugar Moonlight”, gigging a lot and then hitting the studio at the end of the year to start on our first album.

If you could paint a picture with of your sound, what would it look like?

Space Monkeys in the sunset.

What are the 5 albums and artists that have influenced you the most?

Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not – Arctic Monkeys, Channel Orange – Frank Ocean, Blood Sugar Sex Magik – Red Hot Chili Peppers, Any of The Smiths albums, The blue and red Beatles albums

What other artists do you really like at the moment and why?

There’s a band from Cork called Rowan that are writing great tunes at the moment, full of melody and just good songwriting.

How did you get to your first gig and how was it?

We went down to the pub after school played some pool and drank some pints, told the bar lady we’d started a band and she gave us a gig.

Tell us one interesting fact about yourself that no-one would expect.

We are not named after the country.

Was the release of this double A-side song planned for a while? Is ‘Quicksand (2020 version)’ paying homage to when you formed the band, and at the same time showcasing your current sound alongside ‘Same Again’?

We’d planned on releasing ‘Same Again’ as a single definitely, but not ‘Quicksand’ initially. We had a version of ‘Quicksand’ out in 2018 and since then it’s kind of become a big song in our set, and it’s a crowd-pleaser I think, so when we came up with this new re-worked version we really wanted release it again. I think having it on a Double-A is the perfect format to release it on because it probably would have been strange to release it on its own again, just a couple of years later even though it is a new version. I think both those songs work really well together on a release anyway, it’s a similar vibe.

What do you consider your biggest achievement so far?

We were on Rolling Stone recently, that was pretty cool!

Famous last words?

Keep an eye out for our new EP Sugar Moonlight.


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