Published on January 8th, 2012 | by Charlie Chipchase
Burgundy’s new EP – Endeavour
Straightaway, what makes this EP so brilliant is it’s undeniably strong drive. Each track radiates purpose and direction, with singer Gary Ptaszek’s vocals brimming with passion and emotion. His strong voice blends powerfully into the mix, and you know he’s putting dose upon dose of all his heart and soul into it – goose-pimplingly good!
Along with its emotional impact, Endeavour is a piece of work that refuses to be pinned down by any particular genre or form. A number of varying tastes and styles have been accommodated, with the band skilfully demonstrating their quieter, more reflective side. ‘These Walls’, for example, has a lamenting melodious guitar, which beautifully compliments the contemplative vocals, before we are willingly and eagerly launched into a fittingly heavier chorus. This EP also has its fair share of heavier moments, often dipping into elements of screaming – a treat for the more hardcore among us, notably on Flies and Let’s Be Content. Indeed, their sound has previously been described as being like “angry sex with a deaf girl”, and at moments like these I would certainly agree. The sheer variations of sounds are the gems of the EP. They show us that Burgundy is a band of multiple abilities, which can take us into quieter worlds or throw us into heavier moments of savage ecstasy.
“Well I don’t think we actively try to be different, we just try and be ourselves”, says Gary. “We all have different tastes in music and try and put a piece of each of us into every song. Our drummer is a bit of a jazz freak and brings complicated rhythms to our songs, as well as allowing us to experiment with some odd time signature changes. Gary Tinsley however, is just a powerhouse bassist who just pounds along with the drums. Brothers may fight but they’re the best things to have in a rhythm section. You’ll kind of have to see and hear us to make your own mind up about whether or not we’re different”.
With such an accomplished and polished sound of Endeavour, it seems hard to believe that frontman Gary bumped into drummer Dan in a pub toilet by chance back in 2008. “He told me that his current band had broken up and that he and his bassist brother Gary were looking for a 3 piece band, which is pretty much what I was looking for as my band at the time were pretty much on the rocks.”
Gary’s band certainly isn’t on the rocks anymore. With a fantastic new EP and widening fan base, the band is now working on songs for an upcoming CD, which they are aiming to finish early this year. The lads are preparing for a small tour of Oxford called the Three Legged Ram Tour, but are kicking off their comeback this January at the Red Lion in Gravesend. Also, watch out for their full UK tour around May.
The band have also recently released a video for their new song, The Depths.
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