Leicester band Her Burden have taken old-school pop-punk and classic rock influences and fused them with modern pop and indie in a sound they describe as “upbeat, catchy and energetic.”
The band started out as the solo project of frontman Joshua Jones. But, after meeting guitarist Luke Spencer at a house party, Luke was keen to get involved and the band formed from there. They gigged, released a few singles and EPs and went through a few lineup changes, but eventually settled on Joshua’s university friend Matt newton on drums and long-time friend and fan of the band Sam Dickman on bass.
On the sound they’ve honed since, the band tell us: “Alternative rock earworms, pulling in influences from all types of Rock, Indie and Pop, perfect for live audiences. What you hear is likely what you’ll get on stage.” Or, as Luke puts it: “Your nan would love us.”
Her Burden released a debut album back in 2019, a year that also included supporting the likes of The Hunna, Toploader and The Zutons and playing at Swanbourne Music Festival. But, of course, this progress was stalled by going into hibernation as the pandemic hit in 2020. However, the band haven’t let this time go to waste, as they worked on improving their songwriting, production and live performance.
And the result of that hard work was Way Too Good For Me, the new single released at the end of last year. It opens up with stabbing guitar chords then a little lick joins in and ushers in Joshua’s engaging vocals, which fed into a big chorus “Yes I know, Yes I know, She’s the rain on a windowpane, Yes I know, Yes I know, That I was never the same.”
Second time around, the chorus drops into a funky little guitar solo that develops with rolling drums and supports another chorus. The pace drops down as more intense vocals take over in the final verse, giving way to a big few blasts of the chorus.
On the track, the band told us: “We’re beyond excited for people to listen to our new song. This is our first release in about three years, and being one of the first songs we wrote after our last release and before the COVID pandemic, we’ve had a lot of time to perfect this song and make it sound as good as it can with the resources we have as an independent, DIY band.
“For those listening to Way Too Good For Me, they can expect an upbeat, fun, alternative / garage-rock tune inspired by the likes of Green Day, Queens of the Stone Age and Wolfmother.” Check it out here:
If that’s tantalised your taste buds for more from Her Burden then you’re in luck because their debut album Say What You Want is packed with bangers. That includes tracks like the catchy opener Lately and the edgier Motivation, You Got Me and Psycho!. While we particularly like the sound of the feisty Out Of My, which opens up with lively drums and guitars, which feed into a fun verse and a big catchy chorus that you can’t help but sing along to. Check it out in the video here:
The Her Burden sound has been influenced by the band growing up in the pop-punk and punk-rock realm, drawing inspiration from the likes of Green Day, Blink-182 and Nirvana. However, as the lineup has changed they began writing more as a whole unit, which saw them bring in inspiration from all types of rock, indie and pop music.
And on what inspires them to write music, the band tell us: “We write music because it’s fun. Being able to collaborate with each other, to create something from scratch and then have this completed piece of music at the end (that we really like), brings us all so much satisfaction.
“Musically, being a band who also loves performing live, we often write music that we know is going to be fun to play live in front of a crowd and will inject a lot of energy into our sets. However, from time to time, we will bring it down and infuse some more eclectic styles of music into our songs. The lyrics you hear will mostly come from our lead vocalist, Joshua, which are often internal and focus on things going on in our lives; our relationships, wants and needs, and mental health.”
Don’t expect another three-year wait for new music from New Burden as they have plenty more to come through 2022. That included a lot more music, videos, merch and getting back playing live with gigs across the UK throughout the next year.
And the band add: “We appreciate anyone and everyone who takes time out of their days to listen to our music, and continues to follow and support us along our musical journey.”