The Burning Hell are hot
“I dreamed of a policeman on a unicorn, and the unicorn wore a police unicorn uniform, they ran me down until I stumbled and I was stabbed by his magic horn…” That’s a line taken ‘Friend Army’ the lead track from The Burning Hell’s last album, 2017’s ‘Revival Beach’, and it kind of encapsulates something of what they’re all about which is wonky wordplay and leftfield humour. The band are nominally the alter-ego of Mathias Kom who has presided over multiple line-up changes, like a less curmudgeonly Mark E. Smith, with a sound that has encompassed everything from campfire style Americana to battered folk to hopped up rock and roll. The band have played everywhere from Glastonbury to the Arctic Circle (which I’m sure they got a few songs out of) and, thankfully, their latest UK tour sees them swinging by the north-east. Give yourself a healthy dose of clever-clever in the run up to Christmas and feel the burn.
The Burning Hell, Friday 7 December, Cluny 2, Ouseburn, Newcastle, 8pm, £12. thecluny.com