The Burning Hell and Driftwood Soldier

Thu Oct 24 2019 8:00pm to 11:00pm
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The Burning Hell

The Burning Hell - Fuck The Government, I Love You

In 2007, Mathias Kom collected some of his songs and started a band, named after a religious tract handed to him by a wide-eyed zealot in Toronto. Mathias subsequently invited all of his friends to join him in performing these songs about seagulls, shopping malls, and the similarities between love and hurricanes. Over the next ten years and almost as many albums, the lineup and sound of the Burning Hell have changed often, but the band has remained idiosyncratic and unclassifiable—much to the delight of those who love them. The constant has always remained Kom’s singular outlook on the world: wise and naive, cynical and life-affirming, full of brilliant, unexpected narratives and a deeply felt generosity of spirit. The band's live performances underscore these themes: they exhibit a joy and camaraderie too infrequently seen on stage. Indeed, the essence of the band is inclusive and celebratory; whether live or on record, there's something for everyone. As Tom Robinson of BBC Introducing said about The Burning Hell, "even Jesus is going to enjoy this, once he finally gets here."

Driftwood Soldier

"John Henry" - Driftwood Soldier - 2017 Tiny Desk Contest

Driftwood Soldier plays gutter-folk music, a proprietary blend of bitter ballads, fallen gospel, and thumping blue rants on mandolin, bass guitar, and assorted junk foot-percussion. This fall they'll be on tour with their second full length album, Stay Ahead of the Wolf, produced with support from Erin McKeown and mixed by Grammy winner Ted Hutt (Old Crow Medicine Show, Devil Makes Three, Lucero).

Bassist Bobby Szafranski first lent his velvet touch to the back-handed poetry and full-throated ruckus of mandolinero Owen Lyman-Schmidt’s solo work in 2013. Since then the duo has been leapfrogging their way up and down the East coast bringing their unlikely sound to bars, living rooms, roof tops, and back alleys.

Scavenger’s Joy, Driftwood Soldier’s 2015 debut, established their musical range for audiences everywhere, with two-thirds of the songs receiving radio play on dozens of radio stations around the country including WFUV, WNCW, and WXPN, where Bruce Warren called the duo “a bluesy version of Nick Cave with a nod to Tom Waits.”

In early 2017, they followed the breadth of Scavenger’s Joy with the focused intensity of Blessings & Blasphemy, a concept EP exploring the tension between spirituality and dogma by reinterpreting gospel traditionals alongside anti-religious originals.

Now, with Stay Ahead of the Wolf coming fall 2019 Driftwood Soldier is bringing their liver-shaking live show to audiences both devoted and unfamiliar. Come to the Riverwalk October 24 and hear this new beast howl!