The leader of our rebranded EMURGmetal section Carey did an interview with guitarist Charlie Street of the five-piece Rochester band Burn Everything. Burn Everything’s Last Run Through The Ruins earned a near-perfect rating for their penchant for brutality.
1. How did you come up with the band name?
It came from the Simpsons episode Treehouse of Horror XVII. During an alien invasion, Homer screams “Burn Everything!” We had a long list of names and somehow everyone agreed that was the best one so can imagine how bad the others where. If it were up to me, we would have named the band White Mustache.
2. What artists/bands/songs/albums influenced you?
I think we were mostly just influenced by the Rochester music scene. The scene we had in the 90s is what made me want to pick up a guitar in the first place. There was so much creativity and originality happening. It was very inspiring. To this day most of my favorite bands are old local bands that no one has ever heard of. And, of course, we love that old Jersey sound too. Times Up, Human Remains and Deadguy totally shaped my playing.
Lately I have been stuck on KENmode – Venerable, Sulaco – Build and Burn & Converge – Axe to Fall.
4. What’s your favorite show/performance been as a band?
There have been so many that it is hard to pick one. I can say the most memorable one was Hage Fest last year. During our set someone got hit by a car about 20 feet from the stage. There was another guy banging his head on the stage till there was blood running down his face and a midget was being spun and tossed around like a ragdoll.
5. If I want people to remember one song from our band, it would be…
“Vengeance and the Night Sky”. That song was a big turning point for us as far as what we thought we could do as a band.
1. Were any members in other bands before Burn Everything?
We all have been in bands for years now. Within, Fallguy, Bughouse, 7 Tongues of God, Bloothbath & Beyond, Memory Loss are a few of them.
2. Did any members get any formal training musically speaking, or were you all self-taught?
We are all hacks as far as I know.
3. In what ways did you challenge yourselves while writing Hollow Victory?
We tried to not over edit ourselves this time around and just play what felt natural. In the past, I felt I was way being way too critical of my playing and a lot of good music was thrown away.
4. Where does Matt draw lyrical Inspiration from?
Dreams, Experiences, Imagination. I don’t envy his brain, he has some messed up dreams.
5. Are there any plans for an LP sometime in the future?
We would like to. It all depends on how long it takes to write this time around. I would rather just keep releasing EPs than make people wait 2 to 3 years for a record. I don’t think any of us have the attention span for that.
EMURG and the EMURGmetal section would like to thank Burn Everything for taking the time out to interview with Carey and for those of you metalheads that would like to listen to more of Burn Everything, you can check out music, including their latest EP Hollow Victory on their Bandcamp.