BURNING LOVE play the Silver Dollar (486 Spadina), Saturday (November 5). $7. RT, SS. See listing.
Saturday will be one of the last times Toronto's Burning Love perform before holing up in Salem, Massachusetts, to record their sophomore LP, which already has a name and label: Rotten Thing To Say, to be released on Southern Lord. They've lightened their schedule to accommodate that task, but if it were up to them they'd already be on break.
"We came back from the U.S. tour with Converge and cleared off all tour plans until after the recording in order to write and focus on it," says lead shouter/punk veteran Chris Colohan, formerly of Cursed. "Then we squandered our lead and now we're down to the wire and cranking out jams under great amounts of art-stress."
That's good news for local fans, who now have another chance to catch the group's riotous live show, which is much coarser than the cleanly produced, stoner-metal-infused hardcore heard on 2010's Songs For Burning Lovers.
"Compared to the really misanthropic shit, Burning Love seems like pop music," he admits. "But to most people from that world it's really still hardcore punk."
The band emerged from the same scene as crossover punks Fucked Up, but Colohan doesn't have similar aspirations (and bristles at the oft-made comparison).
"We don't have any elaborate designs on world domination. Having a solid label, challenging ourselves, being able to keep travelling and seeing friends all over, connecting with people anywhere and personally, stringing out my punk adolescence by an extra two decades - that's success to me."