Mission of Burma - Is this really the eleventh year of their 'reunion'? Hard to believe as it seems like I just saw that great comeback tour. But I have seen them a few times in between as well so yes, Mission of Burma, like another great Mass band Dinosaur Jr., have maintained a great second run. Burma's records are excellent and their live shows continue to be exciting. Tonight was no exception as their 70 minute set was steadily explosive with all the power you expect and fascinating post-punk jagged hooks constantly mutating out of the volume. The trio onstage has been at it since the beginning with 'fourth member' Bob Weston (Shellac) at the soundboard handling samples and ensuring the band delivers clarity at high volume. You can come to a show like this out of respect for their particular American brand of post-punk that set the stage for Sonic Youth and others to further. But quite simply, they create a great sound for any era and whether they are playing the fine material from their new album, "Unsound", or a classic like "This is not a Photograph". Everything ran like clockwork aside from a really long discussion onstage about what to play for their 3-song encore. Fortunately they ended the summit with smiles and included the Dils "Class War" as one of the songs. I see no reason to stop seeing these guys, no matter how many times you have done it before. They have the history as well as the fresh energy to present some of the more creative rock songs out there.
Quote of the Night: From a fan next to me who pulled up shortly after Burma began... "How many songs have they played?