Chatterbox: Burma

Hey, could you tell us a bit about the band?

We’re Burma, a jangle-pop five-piece from St. Albans. We’ve literally just released our debut EP, so we’re fairly new to the world! As a quick overview, we make colourful music which instrumentally, is heavily influenced by the intricate guitars of 80s indie.

How did the new single come to be?

‘JM’ is actually a bit of a weird one – it’s definitely the boldest thing on the EP. It started out as a more delicate, straight-up guitar track, but when it came to recording it we all felt it wasn’t really hitting the mark. After a bit of experimentation, we drastically slowed the track down to give it more space to breath, and a kind of psychedelic, brooding feel.

I completely re-wrote the vocals and alongside our producer James, who was brilliant with us, we added more textural, electronic elements to create what it is today. It’s actually my favourite track on the EP now, so I’m so glad we took the slightly daunting decision at the time to rip the track up and start again.

Is there more content in the pipeline?

Yer, there is. ‘JM’ is a part of our debut EP which has 3 other tracks. It’s gone down really well so far, which is awesome. Moving forward, we’ve got a couple of tracks that we’re looking to release in the next couple of months and we’ve also already started writing for our next EP. We’ve been working on our debut EP for so long now that we’re really looking forward to getting our teeth into some new ideas.

What’s on the horizon for you?

New music aside, over the next 6 months we’re going to be pushing the EP out live, which is something we can’t wait for. We’ve also started booking festivals for the summer, which is always something special. That, alongside a couple of sessions which we’ll be announcing soon, make it a really exciting time for us!

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