The Burn are a five-piece band from Blackburn, Lancashire. They are signed to Hut
They are soon to begin their tour of Britain, and have been working on their album in a studio in the heart of the Linolnshire countryside.
musicOMH spoke to vocalist and guitarist Danny Davidson to get some of their history and design for living…
musicOMH: The name The Burn is obviously taken from the name of your home town Blackburn. How would you describe the music scene in Blackburn?
Danny: Yeah, the name stuck really from when we were just gigging around local pubs. Blackburn is small, and it can be quite grim. We know lots of other bands who were rehearsing in the same place as us after work and stuff. Nice blokes, all in it for the right reasons.
musicOMH: Describe the formation of the band.
Danny: We’re all mates who grew up together. We used to jam above my girlfriend’s hairdressers shop on a Friday night. We were playing without a drummer when we met Lee. His dad brought his drums down the next week and that was it.
musicOMH: Who does what?
Danny: Mick and I are vocals and guitar, Rod plays guitar and harmonica, Jay is on bass and Lee is the drummer.
musicOMH: Who is responsible for the lyrics and the music so far?
Danny: Well, up until now I have written most of the lyrics but there’s nothing to say it will always be like that, everyone will have a go I’m sure. As far as the music, it’s a band effort really you know, I write the songs and them we just jam until they sound right.
musicOMH: What was the process you went through before being signed to Hut?
Danny: We borrowed Damon Gough’s studio and recorded our demo. It was heard in London and we were approached quite soon after that by Hut.
musicOMH: I noted some of your favourite bands as being The La’s, The Rolling Stones, Shack and Van Morrison. Would you say any of these have influenced The Burn?
Danny: I suppose they have all slightly influenced us in small ways though The Burn is not one sound. We are certainly not musos who sit there for hours mastering this lick, that riff etc.
musicOMH: You sound like you are not too contrived then?
Danny: That’s right man, think too much and you kill the creativity.
“Liam (Gallagher) watched us from the side of the stage every night…”
musicOMH: How would you describe the sound of the band to someone who has never heard you before?
musicOMH: You seem to have avoided the music press so far. Is this a deliberate? An attempt to cultivate your fan base without risk of prejudice from media perhaps?
musicOMH: How would you describe your fan base so far?
musicOMH: I’ve heard excited talk of your track Steel Kneel. Tell me about it.
musicOMH: What would you say are the strengths of The Burn?
musicOMH: No one is a control freak then?
musicOMH: Tell me about your new single The Smiling Face.
musicOMH: Your tour begins on the May 26. What are your expectations and how will it feel to be playing your home town on the last night?
musicOMH: Do you prefer recording or playing live?
musicOMH: How was it being asked to support Oasis?
musicOMH: And Paul Weller?
musicOMH: What do you think of today’s music scene?
musicOMH: How would you like the band to be remembered in 50 years’ time?
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