You know the expression “They just don’t make ‘em like they used to?” Well, sometimes they do. If you’ve been longing for the days when rock was alternative, guitar riffs were dirty and melodic, and lyrics straddled the line between abstract poetry and storytelling, I have good news for you, and it’s called Burst Suppression.
Bringing an undeniable and refreshing dose of nostalgia to the table, their debut album and most current effort, Cro Magnon, seems as if it could be found on a mix tape from the 90s alongside Foo Fighters, Sublime, Toad the Wet Sprocket, and Soundgarden.
They describe themselves as a modern rock band, and have certainly managed to harness the raw, high-gain crunch that many post-2000 “rock bands” lost when production conventions steamrolled them. Although their music has a hint of familiarity, the melodies ring of originality, with vocals a cross between Eddie Vedder and Jakob Dylan, with a Shannon Hoon sensibility.
Burst Suppression formed in 2011 with Nate Hileman (vocals and lead guitar) and Silcox Richards (drums) covering punk-era and 90s alternative bands. Shortly after that, they started writing their own songs and added Damian Lynch (bass guitar and vocals) in 2014. Lynch and Richards live in the Corvallis area, while Hileman lives in Portland.
All three members are seasoned musicians that have played in other successful projects prior to Burst Suppression. According to Richards, the momentum of the project is bigger now than at any point over the past five years. “We’re still growing our sound, but have gotten to a place where we have a great show and a lot to offer,” he said.
With plans to drop their second album, Left Over Flood, in the near future, you can catch the band at Cloud & Kelly’s on Saturday, Aug. 27 at 9:30 p.m. They’ll be playing mostly original music with some crowd-pleasing covers from the alternative rock era. It’s a show that will definitely be worth checking out, especially if you’re an alternative rock fan.
Check out Burst Suppression’s website at http://burstsuppressionmusic.
By Hannah Darling