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On this, their third full-length and most widely distributed domestic release, Violet Burning expanded their sound to an almost epic alternative scope with sweeping soundscapes and intensely personal lyrics. Joining band leader, guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Michael Pritzl on this 1996 self-titled Domo Records release are guitarist Jef Schroeder, drummers Jeremy Wood and Lonny Tubbs, and bassist Jason Pickersgill. The most common comparisons of Smashing Pumpkins and Radiohead are certainly in order, as Violet Burning reaches for a dramatic, expansive pitch throughout its 12-song tracklist. Besides the more obvious influences, strains of the Flaming Lips and even Neil Young can be heard, especially on Pritzl's vocal work in track like "Arabic Tremolo Radio" and "Blind." The sublime aching for spiritual release is quite palpable on these tracks and other standouts like the live favorite "Low" and the expansive "Waiting." Superior to previous releases, Violet Burning represents an leap in aural and musical abilities for Pritzl and company.

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Christianity meets alternative and what a result, check out Low as a stand out track, not the most consistent Violet album but certainly some star tracks.


Formed: 1989 in Orange County, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

A truly unique band, Violet Burning combined equally rare and diverse qualities to create one of '90s alternative's most spiritually driven, if not quixotic, outfits. Led by singer/guitarist/songwriter Michael Pritzl, Violet Burning went through numerous lineup changes throughout the band's long career. While never signing to a major label, the group managed to sell over 90,000 indie and self-released discs. This underground success was due largely to the Violet Burning's frequent touring (which...
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