Q & A With Dan Kinnaley From Burial Party

Q & A With Dan Kinnaley From Burial Party

Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?

Our first release, a 7″ titled “Please, Electric Move Slow” will be out on July 12. We’ll be playing shows around the Midwest through the end of the year to support it.


How long has the band been together?

Burial Party started in August of 2017, so it’s coming up on two years. 


What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band?

We just wanted to make noise and have a good time.


What is your music background?

My parents had an upright piano in the house when I was a kid, and I taught myself how to play a little, nothing special and mostly with one hand. From there I moved on to playing trombone in the school band and picked up a guitar as a teenager. I’ve been making music ever since. 


What image do you think your music conveys?

It took forever for us to name the band, but when John suggested Burial Party it stuck because we felt that the name fit the music perfectly. It’s heavy and at times dark and aggressive, but it can also be fun. There’s a lot of melody and swagger in the music. So often “aggressive” music takes itself way too seriously. We hope people are having fun while we play.


What are your immediate music career goals? 

We’re working on new music and hope to get it recorded and released. Other than that, we want to play as many shows as we can and keep having a good time. We’ve all got jobs and families. The band is definitely a labor of love, as long as we can keep writing, recording, and playing shows it’s a success.


What are your long-term career goals?

The band doesn’t have any long term goals. We’re going to keep doing this until we can’t. 


Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?

I’m sure it’s different for everyone in the band, but I love both. Recording scratches my creative itch and is more satisfying. I can’t think of a better way to spend a weekend than in the studio with someone like Jason Davis, who engineered and produced our new record. I love talking about crafting tones and doing the “sonic painting” that comes with mixing, focusing on all the little touches that really make songs pop. On the other hand, playing live is a visceral experience. It’s physically and mentally demanding and the endorphin rush that comes after a great set is like nothing else.


What are your songs about? (What specific themes do they cover?)

We’re all dad’s, looking at a future on this planet that seems increasingly bleak, which makes us wonder what kind of world our children will inherit. Technology that is increasingly invasive, police brutality, and looking cautiously towards the future are themes that are dealt with in our songs.


What are your favorite tracks to play live?

Soft Chains is my favorite track to play live. By the end of the song, we’re a mess of feedback, delay, and noise. It’s cathartic.


Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?

It wasn’t a specific band. For me, it was going to all ages shows in VFW Halls, park pavilions, and basements. Seeing that people playing in the bands weren’t any different for me. Finding the DIY scene when I was a teenager changed everything for me, and I’ve wanted to play in a band ever since.


If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?

Opening for a reunited His Hero is Gone and a finally returning from their hiatus Fugazi is a thing that’s only ever going to happen in my wildest fever dreams, but that would be pretty cool.


Q & A With Dan Kinnaley From Burial PartyWhat do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?

Musically, I think the fact that we’re all still doing this when we have a million other things we have to do as responsible adults are huge. 


If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?

Burial Party will never be a full-time band. We’ve all got careers. I’m a web developer.


What type of equipment do you use for live shows?

It’s all pretty standard rock band stuff. I prefer to use Fender Tube amps, and I think it compliments the solid state half stack crunch Eric uses. Justin is an Ampeg guy, and I don’t know anything about drums but Adam beats the shit out of them and it sounds great.


What do you think of the current music scene?

 There are some really great bands in the Midwest right now. Some of the favorites we’ve played with are Against The Grain, La Armada, S.N.A.F.U, Louisiana Lot Lizards, and The Mound Builders. 


For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?

Instead of bowling on a Thursday night like a normal dad, I play in a Pinball league. It’s pretty boss.


If someone had never heard you before, how would you describe your sound?

Dad’s poker night, except instead of playing poker we turn a bunch of amps up to uncomfortable volumes and play noisy and occasionally melodic post-hardcore.


Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?

We’ve got a single from the 7″ streaming on our Bandcamp page (https://burialparty.bandcamp.com). Check it out, and give the record a listen when it comes out on July 12.


Burial Party is:

John Cheesebrew – Vocals 
Dan Kinnaley – Guitar 
Eric Rutkowski – Guitar 
Justin Weiks – Bass 
Adam Lewis – Drums   

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