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That Mission of Burma sounded so completely singular in the early '80s might be hard to fathom in the 21st century, when countless post-punk bands have explored similar areas of sound. However, there's nothing quite like going back to the source. A few decades later, Roger Miller, Clint Conley, and Peter Prescott still play with inspiration and guile. Adding Bob Weston several years back to replace Martin Swope on tapes and sonic manipulations has helped keep the band's sound consistent. Tracks such as "Dust Devil," "Semi-Pseudo-Sort-of-Plan," and "This Is Hi-Fi" strike at the heart of Mission of Burma's combustible attack. It's tension and release and more tension with hooks that sneak under the wire. "Second Television" bears a resemblance to X's "True Love" before setting off on its own course. The unison vocals of "Part the Sea" sound like a shipwrecked crew happy to be left in peace on their deserted isle. There are plenty of unexpected twists and turns, and the guitar tones cut through the throbbing bass and pummeling drums in a way that only a true band can do.

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Another great effort by the Kings of Punk.

It is quite incredible when you sit back and realize these guys have been around since '79 and still produce good to great albums with a fresh approach every time. I would categorize this latest effort as good, with some interesting experimental undertones that overall deliver an enjoyable sonic experience. Sonic is the key adjective here, because that has been the core of their sound from the beginning. Mission of Burma is one of the few bands whose albums you look forward to with heightened expectations, and once again, they haven't disappointed. If you're unaware of their music, I think there are better introductions, most notable anything in their older catalogue, and more recently The Obliterati and OnoffOn. Also, check out The Volcano Suns, one of their side projects that is simply incredible and has a full catalogue of punk gems.

Superb effort once again

Another excellent album by M.O.B.. Download it asap as well as their previous albums if you haven't already. A real BAND. Saw them live for the first time at the Cat's Cradle in N.C.. Wow! (and i am originally from Boston and never got to see them as they broke up for 20 years) Go see these polished pros live or you will regret it. Hey, great music in any type is worth experiencing. Long live the M.O.B.!!!


Formed: 1980 in Boston, MA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '00s, '10s

Of all the punk-inspired bands that came out of Boston in the early '80s, none were better than Mission of Burma. Arty without being too pretentious, capable of writing gripping songs and playing with ferocious intensity, guitarist Roger Miller, bassist Clint Conley, drummer Peter Prescott, and tape head Martin Swope galvanized the city's alternative rock scene, and despite a too-short existence, set a standard for excellence that has rarely been equalled -- a standard the band upheld when they unexpectedly...
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