Burness Band – live review

“The main support act this evening was the Tim Burness Band.

The band is made up of four very accomplished musicians, namely the Brighton based Tim Burness (guitar and vocals), drummer Fudge Smith (ex-Pendragon and ex-Steve Hackett), bassist Keith Hastings (Bamboleo) and keyboard maestro Monty Oxymoron (from legendary English punk band The Damned and also of the Sumerian Kyngs).

Prior to their performance, I was having a conversation with Tim and I must say what a very likeable fellow he is. A very down to earth guy and one you could easily go out for a pint with.

When on stage his warmth was still evident as he was having the banter with the punters in between each of his eight song set, whilst tuning his guitar.

Tim has been recording and performing in one guise or another since the 1980’s. Gaining some relative success around Europe on the way as Burnessence. In May last year, he released his seventh album, ‘Whose Dream Are You Living?’ to some great critical acclaim and I must concur with those people as I have the album and it is a fine coming together of musical styles. With each song on the album you hear elements of other artists such as Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel and Peter Gabriel’s Genesis to name just two.

So live as well as on his recorded musical output, the Burness sound features a wide range of musical styles – from progressive rock to pop-rock to ambient electronica. The lyrics cover a range of interconnected themes – from the personal to the political to the spiritual. It’s a summing up of one man’s journey through his life with contrasting themes and ups and downs. It will be interesting to see what the forthcoming ‘Interconnected’ 2018 album will bring.

At The Albert, Tim (and not Desmond, Harold or Roland – injoke!) began his set with a solo number ‘I Don’t Know What’s Good For Me’ and then invited his pals to join him for the further numbers. I noted Keith Hastings bass playing style and it reminded me of the sadly departed Mick Karn from Japan.

The punters were sent on a journey during the set from prog rock to ballad to cosmic. We learnt that ‘Infinite Ocean’ came into being as a result of standing on the end of Brighton Pier. We learnt (if we didn’t already suspect) that there is ‘Mumbling In The House Of Commons’ with little else getting done – which was delivered as a southern version of Mark E. Smith. I learn that the most powerful and outstanding Tim Burness Band track tonight was ‘Walk Through The Darkness’,
which deals with depression as its subject matter and sounds akin to Oasis – nice one!

Tonight’s Tim Burness Band setlist reads:
‘I Don’t Know What’s Good For Me’ (solo) (from ‘Infinite Ocean’ 1997 album),
‘What’s Going On In Your Head?’ (from ‘Whose Dream Are You Living?’ 2017 album),
‘Poppadom Rock’ (from ‘I Am You Are Me’ 1984 album as Burnessence),
‘Infinite Ocean’ (from ‘Infinite Ocean’ 1997 album),
‘Love Is For Giving’ (from ‘Finding New Ways To Love’ 2004 album)
‘Broaden Your Horizons’ (from ‘Vision On’ 2007 album),
‘Walk Through The Darkness’ (from ‘Finding New Ways To Love’ 2004 album),
‘Mumbling In The House Of Commons’ (from ‘Infinite Ocean’ 1997 album),

Tim Burness Band setlist from the Prince Albert gig 31.3.18

Find out more here:

https://timburness.bandcamp.com/

https://www.timburness.com/

https://www.facebook.com/tim.burness.1

Nick Linazasoro

Full review of the night at http://www.brightonandhovenews.org/2018/04/01/b-movie-play-brighton-gig-exactly-37-years-to-the-day-after-their-john-peel-session/

Next gig – Easter Saturday

Green Party Brighton gig coming up

The Tim Burness Band will be playing a short set in Brighton on Sunday 26th November at a Green Party benefit gig.

Big Green Party 2 takes place at Green Door Store, 2-4 Trafalgar Arches, underneath Brighton train station – a wide range of live music on the bill from 2pm to 10.30pm.

We will be on at 6.20pm – shortly before MP Caroline Lucas.

Getting the new album out there

The new CD and Digital Album release, ‘Whose Dream Are You Living?’

During the last couple of months, Whose Dream Are You Living? has gradually been getting out there, along with the accompanying video for the track Grass Is Greener. As with previous work, the album features a wide range of musical styles, including progressive rock, pop-rock and touches of electronica and ambient music. It was recorded over the last few years with the help of some great musicians and friends at Church Road Recording Studios in Hove, England. Long-term collaborator and co-producer Julian Tardo also contributed additional guitar and other instruments on some tracks.

Another step on a musical and personal journey. It’s been a long old journey (mostly in relative obscurity) since the late seventies and ‘Whose Dream Are You Living?’ is my seventh album. I like to think I’m finally reaching a certain standard after all the struggling – better late than never! Thank you to everyone who has supported my music over the years and if anything from my latest efforts touches or inspires a few people, I will be a satisfied man. It has often been a great struggle to keep going and I have not made it easy on myself by having badly paid day-jobs – mostly care and support work of various kinds. There has also been an ongoing fight with depressive tendencies and a general sense of personal failure in life. The typical, self-obsessed, “first world”, “tortured artist” syndrome!

Brief thoughts on the music business in 2017.
Speaking to a singer less than half my age in a fairly successful band, we both agreed what a farce the whole thing has become for bands or artists trying to get heard these days. Even if you are gigging on a regular basis (which I’m not, although we hope to do a few things in 2018), it now seems to be largely about uploading “content” to the likes of Spotify, YouTube and Instagram in a desperate struggle for attention. And almost no money in return. In all genres, there is clearly far too much music around and it’s largely lost its ability to make a cultural impact. Still, when I can, someone like me will always keep coming back to making music. As an old friend of mine used to say: “What else are you going to do with your life?”. Cheers!

Review of “Whose Dream Are You Living?”

Thanks to Joe Bridge of the Real Music Club for this nice album review:-

“Tim Burness is back at the RMC on February 27th and with his seventh album, Whose Dream Are You Living? a work he has been patiently and lovingly crafting for the best part of five years. His previous album Vision On (2007) received strong notices, recognition and international reviews, so Tim had a lot to live up to with its follow up, released in November last year and available via https://timburness.bandcamp.com/

LiveBurnessOpening track Onwards and Upwards starts off with Gregg McKella’s swirling synths and electro beats before the real drums (Fudge Smith: ex Pendragon and Steve Hackett) kick in and drive the song forward, carrying the positive message of the song’s lyrics along with it.

Slowing down with Grass is Greener, this song seems to catch a man at some sort of crossroads contemplating a change in life, with Tim’s wit particularly enjoyable on lines such as “I know that some British folk like to hang out in Turkey, if I get myself out there I might feel slightly more perky. I heard things are quieter in Belgium, unfortunately there is not much that rhymes with Belgium” and “the grass is greener over there, at least I’ve still got most of my hair”!

The album continues to alternate between tempos as Monty Oxymoron (Damned, Sumerian Kyngs) starts up Set Your Spirit Free, another positive-thinking song “release the energy and set your spirit free” before the ambient sounds of Round and Round bring things down into a mellow hypnotic trance with its repetitive acoustic riff and minimal vocal lines punctuating the soundscape.

Moving on with something a bit different, Smith’s thumping percussive beats and Tim’s fiery bursts of guitar create an aggressive atmosphere to colour the assertive lyric of The Messenger, an atmosphere that builds before being punctured by a cough and a completely unexpected (should I have put a spoiler alert in?!) middle section, all Oompah band and megaphone! Another track that takes the album into different territory is the aptly titled Unlike Any Other, which is largely instrumental bar some sparse spoken lines, and carries with it a kind of modern noirish nightmare feel with its theramin-like sounds eerily playing over the stop-start rhythm.

After that midway detour, A Space for Our Love to Grow brings us back to the vibe set by the opening four tracks – a typically spacious, synthesised sound with a yearning chorus. There are again some little musical twists to keep things interesting, such as the nice acoustic / keys outro that just acts as a nice release to the emotion of the main body of the song.

Politics infiltrates the album on Stop Them. Tim’s anti-corporate, anti-capitalist protest is powerful in its passion but done with a light enough touch to not beat you over the head with its message. The music is subtle with vocals to the fore, bringing full attention to the lyrics.

After the relatively heavy Stop Them comes a song with a sprinkling of humour, playing on its name check of Doctor Who in its first line, with repeated use of Dalek-sounding voices. Otherwise What’s Going On In Your Head is one of those Ronseal songs, doing exactly what it says on the tin!

Closing out the album is Cynical World, a track that gives the album a sense of closure and of wrapping things up with the repeated vocal refrain “Our love goes on” sung over Monty Oxymoron’s distinctive backing vocals and some clean, emotive lead guitar work. Tim Burness has produced a mature and engaging work, full of hope, positivity and deep soul searching, always giving something for the mind to think over whether they be the personal, spiritual or political lyrics within, the trippy soundscapes, or the intricate musical twists and turns along the way. Five years of hard graft and personal investment well spent!”

Great gig – a few pics

A few pics of our recent gig with The Lanes and Spacedogs, promoted by The Real Music Club at The Prince Albert, Brighton. Promoter Roy Weard:- “Wonderfully good gig tonight. All three bands absolutely excelled themselves and the audience wear pumping it up by the end of The Lanes gig. Great stuff.” Photos courtesy of Andy Voakes Music Photography. A great night, the first TB full band gig for a few years, here’s to a few more…

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Brighton Burness Band gig coming up – Saturday 27th February 2016

Very close to Brighton train station, The Prince Albert, Saturday 27th February. Monty Oxymoron (from punk legends The Damned) on keyboards, Fudge Smith (ex-Pendragon and ex-Steve Hackett) on drums, Keith Hastings (Andalus) on bass guitar. And me!

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Whose Dream Are You Living? Tim Burness – new album now online

Well here we go! I first went into Church Road Studios with Julian at the end of December 2009 and tentatively put down a bunch of ideas. It was a bit like throwing some paint at a wall. Nearly six years later, I am extremely pleased to say that the new album, called “Whose Dream Are You Living?”, is finished and up online at my Bandcamp site. We had enough material for a double album but settled for the following ten tracks in the end.

Whose Dream Are You Living? Released 26th November 2015

Whose Dream Are You Living? Released 26th November 2015

  1. Onwards And Upwards
  2. Grass Is Greener
  3. And Set Your Spirit Free
  4. Round And Round
  5. The Messenger
  6. Unlike Any Other
  7. A Space For Our Love To Grow
  8. Stop Them
  9. What’s Going On In Your Head?
  10. Cynical World

“Whose Dream Are You Living?” will also be available through the usual digital outlets such as itunes, Amazon and so on. Unless there is substantial interest that would make it a financially viable move, I am not likely to release the album on CD. Like many independent musicians, I am not happy about having my music on the corporate rip-off streaming music sites but I have decided on balance that the exposure is more important than ethics – for the time being. I am still a relatively unknown artist so I can’t afford to be too choosy.

Fudge, TB, Monty, Keith

Fudge, TB, Monty, Keith

Huge thanks to Julian Tardo who engineered and co-produced the album. The core recording band for the album consisted of Monty Oxymoron (keyboards, vocals, theremin and percussion), Fudge Smith (drums) and Keith Hastings (bass). Contributions also came from Gregg McKella (synthisizers and effects), Lee Abraham (sub-bass guitar), and Andrew Bradstreet (bodhran). I have really tried to raise the bar a bit higher this time

The link again:- https://timburness.bandcamp.com/

Whose Dream Are You Living? Tim Burness – 26th November 2015

Whose Dream Are You Living? Released 26th November 2015

Whose Dream Are You Living? Online album release date 26th November 2015

The astrology of rock and pop musicians

Birth chart for Elvis Presley

Birth chart for Elvis Presley

I recently gave a talk on “The Astrology of Rock and Pop Musicians” to the Brighton and Hove Astrology Circle, a very enjoyable evening. After a few questions (e.g. Why do we pay the top rock and pop stars so much? What is their role in society? Has the music business – as we know it – had its day?) I zipped through about forty different charts, beginning with Bill Haley and ending with Kanye West. I could have done the charts for Punishment of Luxury’s drummer or the singer from Other Lives but I figured that big names from the last sixty years or so were far more interesting for everyone, including me.

Mick Jagger, a lot of Leo!

Mick Jagger, a lot of Leo

The Pluto in Leo generation (1940-1958) came into the world with the potential for powerful, larger than life, individualistic, creative self-expression. As Pluto entered the early degrees of Leo, the likes of The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Mick Jagger and Joni Mitchell were born. Neptune also entered Libra at about the same time, bringing ideals of love and peace, music being an obvious outlet for the transcendent Neptunian energy. Nearly all the great rock and pop stars of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s had this combination of Pluto and Neptune in their astrological birth charts. Punk rockers such as John Lydon (Johnny Rotten) and Captain Sensible were born near the end of Pluto in Leo, helping to bring to a close the generational expression that The Beatles started.

Birth chart for Taylor Swift (time of birth not confirmed)

Birth chart for Taylor Swift (time of birth not confirmed)

Kurt Cobain

Kurt Cobain

Robbie Williams

Robbie Williams

 

 

 

 

 

 

Of course there have been a wide range of interesting characters in the rock and pop world who were born after 1958. Amongst others, I had a quick look at the charts of Kurt Cobain (sensitive and visionary Pisces with the explosive Uranus-Pluto famously on the Ascendant), Bono (the responsibility of a strong Saturn in Capricorn and lots of Earth), Robbie Williams (the eccentric and positive but inflated self-importance of a close Sun conjunct Jupiter in Aquarius, I confess to being a bit of a fan!). I wasn’t always able to find accurate birth data for the more recent stars such as Ed Sheeran, so I went with just the date of birth instead, which can still give considerable insight. Along with everyone born at the end of the eighties and the beginning of the nineties, Aquarian Ed has the potentially consciousness-raising Uranus-Neptune conjunction in ambitious Capricorn. One would expect that to be in some kind of prominent position in his whole astrological chart, if or when the time of birth is discovered.

Thanks to Phoebe Wyss, Julian Venables and everyone at the Brighton group. Another talk from me later this year.

Consultations and readings available at https://www.timburnessastrologer.co.uk

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