Mission Of Burma: 1, 2, 3 Partyy! New album, 7″ and MP3


On October 6, Matador will be releasing Mission Of Burma’s fourth studio LP, The Sound The Speed The Light. Recorded in Boston with Bob Weston at the controls, the record is a departure from the pinned-needles roar of 2006’s The Obliterati. The new album sounds far more spacious and dynamic. It is more or less divided into 4 sets or suites of 3 songs. Each suite explores a set of moods or colors, across the usual dizzying array of lyrical topics, from alcoholism to fleshly concerns. The anthemic, catchy opener, our first MP3, is a classic Burma rocker on a level with “This Is Not A Photograph” or “That’s How I Escaped My Certain Fate.” Other tracks, such as “Feed,” “Forget Yourself,” and “Slow Faucet,” the latter a live favorite for some time, are slow, hypnotic builders. “Good Cheer” is a burst of almost uncontainable joy and fun that literally explodes from the speakers.

Of course, all the Burma trademarks are also present: the military snare drum, the melodic basslines high up on the neck, and the furiously experimental guitarwork, refracted and changed back into the songs via tape loops – all punctuated by the hoarse shouts of drummer Peter Prescott. This controlled chaos, this disciplined letting go, is the heart of what they do and it remains as exhilarating and fulfilling as ever.

6 weeks before the album, on August 18, we will be releasing a pre-album 7″ containing two non-LP tracks: “Innermost” and “Here It Comes.”

Download the MP3 “1, 2, 3, Partyy!” here:

1, 2, 3, Partyy! (256k mp3)


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8 thoughts on “Mission Of Burma: 1, 2, 3 Partyy! New album, 7″ and MP3”

  1. Super stoked!

    1) Will there be a special edition of this release? (eg: Obliterati CD+DVD)
    2) Will this be released overseas with the two 7″ tracks appended?

    October can’t come soon enough!

  2. YEEEEESSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!

    Matador….I love you so. New SY, YLT, and MOB albums in a matter of months from each other! Wow. Is there any other label that has a roster that can touch this?


  3. Cannot wait for this!! The return of Burma, hooray!!! Matador, you rule. If the opener is truly in the same category as “Fate”, then I’m already beyond satisfied with this record (b(but something tells me I will be anyway).

    Viva la Burma

  4. Will the CD be different from the LP – will the CD come with any extras (like how
    “Obliterati” came with the DVD) or will the vinyl come with any extras (songs, booklet,

  5. The 1,23, Partyy! track sounds interesting. But only barely sounds like Burma. Who’s singing? And where are those signature harmonies? To my ears, the vocal melody sounds more like a wanna be Pixie track. (No offense intended – I love the Pixies). But having grown up seeing Burma live a LOT, this doesn’t seem to hold any of the energy that made DNA, Native Tongue and MOB so interesting.

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