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Burst Make It to New York for the First and Last Time

Imagine being in a pretty innovative progressive-metal-hardcore band from Sweden. You’ve been in a band with four other dudes who are as opinionated as you (this is sometimes good, sometimes not so good) for over 10 years. After putting out your band’s fifth studio album, you and your bandmates decide to disband. But, before you all go your separate ways, you agree to tour in the United States for the first time. Your first gig on U.S. soil is at a huge festival. It goes great, and then your tour bus breaks down. Not so great.

OK, OK. You get it. I’m talking about Burst‘s disastrous first week in the US. In July the band put out a press release detailing why they would be going away, “There are a million and one reasons why we haven’t been able to reignite ourselves following the release of ‘Lazarus Bird.’ We were so proud of that album, and we should have had all the power in the world within us. But something’s been missing.”

After playing Planet Caravan, Burst spent an extra two days stuck in North Carolina. This afforded the band the opportunity to write — hands down — the funniest press release put out all year (runner up: the Left to Vanish saga).

The five Swedes arrived at the Music Hall of Williamsburg with just enough time to load in and prepare for their set, as they were picked up by another bus in North Carolina at 10 p.m. the night before their first and last N.Y.C. show.

“I’m f—ing sitting down,” guitarist and vocalist Robert Reinholdz shouted into his mic while frontman Linus Jagerskog was saying how happy the band was to be in America.

After Jagerskog gave him the pretty clear ‘what the hell, man’ look, Reinholdz defended his erupt statement, “Some guy asked me to stand up. I told him, ‘I’m f—ing sitting down.’”

Despite all the discouraging events, Burst provided a pleasant ear treat for all of Brooklyn to sway to. Catch Burst on the road with Gojira and Zoroaster.

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