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Editors’ Notes

Back in the early ‘80s, Mission of Burma pumped out anthemic post-punk that captured the firepower of the moment and then was gone. Broken up in 1983, against expectation and odds MOB returned in 2002 without losing a step. Onoffon immediately picked up where they left off and the unlikely second act took flight. The Sound, The Speed, The Light is the third installment of this second coming and what it lacks in immediacy (how many times can you shout “Surprise”?), it makes up for in textures, as each member submits their best. Bassist Clint Conley’s “1,2,3 Partyy!” opens things with a straightforward attack, while guitarist Roger Miller’s raw surfaces rub against each other with sublime dissonance. “Possession” chases a vocal line that runs up against the swooping bass and radio static guitars. Drummer Peter Prescott explores the band’s unusual harmonic sense (“Blunder”). “One Day We Will Live There” rambles off like a keg party gone off the rails. MOB haven’t mellowed or changed course one bit.

Customer Reviews

Burma keeps getting better!

Mission of Burma are proving that their heydey is now. Every track on this new release rocks!

More of the same (in a good way)

"The Sound, The Speed, The Light" basically picks up where Mission of Burma left off ("The Obliterati"). It's solid post-punk. Fans will not be disappointed. Probably not the album to start with for newcomers.

How long has Mission of Burma been around?

Thirty years of music-making history and this band STILL can't think of anything more imaginative and/or thought provoking to say beyond "So F*ck It"?

Yeah, um...a song title like that might have been exciting when it's 1979 and we're all 20-something.

Burma, listen up! It's 2009 and you're all a little older than 20. I think your "So F*ck It" days have long since passed.

Please, this music is tired, old, uninspired, generic, and utterly forgetable.

Sorry, MoB, but you really DO NOT rock. I'm no longer a fan. --PB


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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