BURNT BOOKS is a cool name for band playing their brand of punk. Make sure you check them out. ©2015 Anders Ekdahl

How hard was it to come up with a band name and how does the name fit the music?
-It was pretty freaking hard to come up with burnt books. Originally our name was dead language which I feel like we all got pretty attached to, but then we had to come up with something new. We all separately thought of names and then had to struggle to agree on one. Matt was the one that came up with burnt books.

As I am new to your band perhaps a short introduction might be in order?
-We are an avant-garde punk band from Columbia, SC. Featuring members of Thank God and Guyana Punchline

As I am no musician I have no idea how it works, but how do you make your own music based on what influences you? What parts do you pick?
-Basically we go to practice, Matt plays a riff and we play along. As far as influences go, we all have very different and diverse influences which I feel like makes our music so unique.

When you are in a band does it feel like you are a part of a worldwide movement?
-Yes, at some points. When I sing I write about things that are very personal to me, but I try to make my lyrics relatable. I want people to feel what I am singing. I want people to be as emotional and upset as I am. So in a sense I guess I am trying to start, or rather, be a part of some kind of “worldwide” movement. A movement that allows people to express themselves completely, and be totally raw. A movement where people aren’t scared to cry in front of a crowd of strangers. A movement where we can always be our true selves, and never feel scared to do so.

How important is it that you look the part in promo shots and stuff? How important is the graphic side of the band?
-I think I can speak for the whole band when I say that promo pics are some what of a joke to us. We are a bunch of goof balls that like to scream out and play out our hardships. But more importantly we are in this band because we love each other and always want to have fun while being in this project together.. And stuff.

What would you say influences your lyrics? How important are they?
-My lyrics are incredibly important to me. They are all influenced by personal experiences I have had. People that have hurt me in the past, I feel like the easiest way to get over that is to scream my lungs out about it. A lot of feminist bands (such as, dirt, bikini kill, sleater kinney) as well as emotional punk bands (dystopia, nux vomica) inspire my vocal styles. The desperation in their voices is really what caught my attention and what I had been wanting to do in a band even before I was in this one.

Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
-I think people are coming back to wanting physical copies of recordings. So no digital hasn’t totally killed the album.

Where will the future of format end – digital verses physical verses whatever?
-People except and purchase all different formats of music. Vinyl and tapes are definitely making a come back which I think is pretty cool. People owning physical copies that they have to make a point to take care of can only be a good thing in my opinion. It teaches people to show compassion toward music, even when it is only the rigid molded version of a bands beautiful, personal, emotional, painstaking creation.

How much of a touring entity are you guys? What is a live experience with you like?
-We try to tour as much as we can. Unfortunately because of our jobs we can not tour all that often. What to expect from our live shows.. Most likely we will be pretty drunk, but very excited! We have a lot of energy to throw around.

What lies in the future?
-Within our future I would like to hope that we only get better. I would like for this band to last as long as possible, but I can’t see the future so you never really know. We have been playing around with some new ideas that I am especially excited to see the end result of. Having David (sein zum tode) as our drummer I feel will introduce a whole other feeling to our music. Having a group of such incredibly talented musicians, I can only imagine equally amazing music being made in our future.

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