Mission of Burma, Prichard | Double Door | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Mission of Burma, Prichard Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Recommended Critics' Picks

When: Sat., April 10, 9 p.m. 2010

Between 1979 and 1983 Mission of Burma remade rock by bringing much-needed ambition and genuine destructiveness to punk's back-to-basics aesthetic and aggressive attitude—they made some great songs even better by scrambling them with churning tape loops and chaotic instrumental digressions. Since re-forming in 2002 they've built on that spirit of renewal-through-obliteration: on OnOffOn and The Obliterati they tampered with their own formulas, adding electronic keyboards, string sections, and the occasional disco beat. Their third and latest post-reunion album, The Sound the Speed the Light (Matador), is the first where Burma seem content simply to be Burma. Roger Miller's maelstrom guitar, Clint Conley's sprinting bass, and Peter Prescott's battering-ram drums (plus Bob Weston's captured-on-tape recycling of all of the above) are reassuringly familiar. And new songs like "Forget Yourself" tap into the same sentiment expressed in their early anthem "That's When I Reach for My Revolver"—everything's falling apart, but I'm still standing. Mission of Burma may not be evolving at the same rate now that they were five years ago, but they still sound like one of the best bands in rock—themselves. —Bill Meyer

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