The New Burn had already road-tested the songs at countless gigs across the vast city of London. They played every classic, filthy rock venue in the book: the Dublin Castle, the Windmill every moonlighted
So with. there, top studio with ever-increasing layers of lovingly produced… distortion.
“It’s true: I’m totally in love with distortion,” says Wilkins. “But it has to be about valves, warmth is in guitar noise.”
“Although our music comes from the thrill of being in a live band, the album is still very much about after I’d completed the final recordings, I went back and removed four bars here and four bars there to make sure everything was really, really tight.”
“However, at the end of the day, I’ve known the guys in the band so long that I can totally trust that they’ve done their job. With the bass lines and drums, I just know they have it right.”
So why did it take two years to complete the project? “Well, I just wanted it to stand up on its own two feet,” says Mark. “To rack up against the big American rock records I love... So I wouldn’t move on from a part until it was absolutely perfect.”
But in the process of crafting his sounds so lovingly, something unusual happened with the lyrics. passion for the music created a strange compassion within the words.
“I are definitely very personal and inspired by the people I know – and all the stuff we’ve been through together.”
So here it is: the complete album. It’s a rock record. It has great-sounding songs played on great-sounding guitars. It’s about a bunch of mates who’ve known each other forever; playing together. It’s big. It’s overdriven. It’s The New Burn.
The New Burn will be playing dates across the nation’s capital – and beyond – throughout 2012. Their debut album, UltraViolet, is available in all good retailers.