Burning Love: The Fire Starters

Toronto, Ontario's Burning Love pack piss, vinegar and poetry into their hardcore punk blues—but don't let that deter you. Sure, frontman Chris Colohan (of Cursed fame) sings like he's been gargling glass as he gravelly shouts mischievous stories and historical anecdotes. But the melodic, wailing guitars kickstart surprisingly fast tempos, while the masterful touch of famed producer (and Converge guitarist) Kurt Ballou gives the band's second full-length Rotten Thing to Say its undeniable bleeding heart.

Electrified and furious, boasting venomous lyrics and monolithic riffs, Burning Love's backstory is just as good as their sonic output: Founded in the name of their favorite bands (Black Flag, Hot Snakes, Poison Idea, Turbonegro and Queens of the Stone Age to name a few), in an attempt to bridge a gap between their stark age differences, points of reference and schools of thought, Burning Love began as a side project in 2007. But in 2012, this is the only band left standing for its members, resulting in an infectious Southern Lord debut that successfully nods to the old school while giving the current class something to strive for.

Check out our featured track "Karla," a dark, luring song that tells the true crime story of southern Ontario serial killer Karla Homolka, and keep your ears to the ground for more from this burgeoning band. – Jen Guyre, Google Play

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