We’re particularly excited by Dallas newcomers Burning Windows as they offer up an exciting yet sinister sound that’s reminiscent of the late 90s bands that first got us into metal.
Burning Windows only released their first single at the end of February but there’s plenty more to come from them very quickly as they plan to release a new track at the end of every month for the foreseeable future. And from what we’ve heard so far, you’re going to want to stay tuned.
The band sent us their debut single Tramp, which offers an awesome introduction. It opens up with a delicious guitar riff that continues over rolling drums then feeds into an edgy opening verse led by intriguing, mysterious vocals “Deglutitious bindlestiff, You cut me out of your never ending syzygy, You bring your own type of anfractuous misery, As you drag me down.”
That drops into a more singalong chorus “They lead us to the bowels of hell, Every time, every time, Wherever you’ll find angels you find lies, Where hope dies.” A second chorus drops into repeats of “When will I learn” over palm muted guitars that feeds into big diving guitars over heavier repeats of “She’s all in my head,” which leads into another chorus.
More cries of “When will I learn” over heavier guitars feeds into wild fast-paced vocals to bring the track to a dramatic ending. Check it out in the awesome video below:
The band have since released second track Subdermal, which opens up with cool stabbing guitars, a “bluegh” cry, another section of guitars then drops into a bit of a creepy verse. More melodic vocals take over, alongside atmospheric instrumentals, with creepier chorus vocals “Something subdermal is crawling inside me I don’t know who you are, Let’s tear it out, I don’t know who you are, Something subdermal is crawling inside me, No perfect circle, Tear this skin away.” Check it out in the video below:
We had a chat with frontman Mitchell White to find out more about the band. Read on below…
GR: Who are Burning Windows?
MW: “Burning Windows is a DFW based hard rock group, looking to meet people who feel the same way about life and hopefully inspire those who are going through a hard time. We began early 2018 when I met a guitarist, Tony Robles, through a co-worker. At the time I was primarily a drummer but was learning guitar and had already been writing songs for years, albeit, most were below par. But we chose to get together and jam.
It went well, we both began to crank out some music and began writing an EP featuring me on vocals, bass, and drums and Tony on guitars. This honestly was just a learning process in the end as it was my first crack at vocals. This led to us searching for members late 2018, initially searching for a bassist and a vocalist, but after many interviews we decided to seek out a drummer instead as I had started taking vocal lessons.
“After many grueling interviews we found James Carlisle, who to say the very least is a brilliant percussionist. With the help of a temporary bassist we began playing shows in late 2019, finding our permanent bassist, Daniel Fisher, as well as refining our sound as time went on. We then recorded Tramp in late November 2019 with Alex Gerst of Empire Sound Studios in DFW.”
GR: You just released Tramp. what should people be expecting from the track?
BW: “Tramp was written during a very hard time in my life, mostly aided by self hatred honestly. For me the song is a journey through the de-evolution of a relationship. In the situation, I felt betrayed, however, as the song progresses it is more about the realization that the disappointment I felt was actually within myself and the unrealistic expectations I set on the person… i.e. ‘When will I learn that she’s all in my head.’
“So ultimately I hope people learn from my mistakes, and realize that before you cast the first stone, look in the mirror.”
GR: What should people be expecting from the Burning Windows sound?
BW: “Honestly, I just say hard rock. But there are obviously more in there.”
GR: What influences you to write music?
MW: “As far as writing music, I feel that any and every situation can be used to write. However, as you will see in the coming months, the majority of our music revolve around the conflict within one’s self and the dichotomous nature of humanity.
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your biggest influences?
MW: “Every one of us has our own inspirations, but to name a few. Tool, Chevelle, SOAD, Pantera, Korn, Breaking Benjamin, Mudvayne, Gojira, Slipknot.”
GR: What have you got coming up through 2020?
MW: “2020 is going to be a huge year for us. We released Tramp on 1 March, then Subdermal on 29 March, and have another single Diminished slated for 29 April. We intend on releasing a song a month for the foreseeable future. All of which have been mostly written.
“The music video for Subdermal is very much inspired by the panic we are currently going through with Covid19 but the track itself is much darker lyrically.”