On June 17th, Cali-based reggae-rock group BURNT released their 10th studio album with Majestic Walrus; a 20 track monster of an album that comes in at over an hour. We’re featuring track 4 off the new record with “Blackberry” — Grab it for FREE and read more about the group…
You can download Burnt’s new song “Blackberry,” for FREE on our home page under the MP3 Leak of the Week on the right hand column! This Download will only be available until Saturday, July 8th, 2017.
Burnt – “Blackberry” — Download HERE (on The Pier homepage)
Burnt’s “Blackberry” Background:
Burnt is a working-class band. They all have day jobs as they group has primarily spent the last 5+ years working full-time for the restoration and conservation of natural areas around the Bay Area. This is all relevant to the inspiration of the song “Blackberry.”
Vocalist Danny Franco tells The Pier: “A lot of the backbreaking work of biodiversity conservation is carried out by migrant workers. Yes, the same workforce from Mexico and Central-America that come to the US seeking opportunity and a better life for themselves and for their children. They pick our produce and tar our roofs, roads and are often doing the hard but righteous work of invasive plant removal and habitat improvements for endangered species… Imagine trying to claw and climb your way through a 10 foot high thicket of poison oak, woody bushes, and California blackberry bramble to find one tiny invasive plant that can colonize and change an entire ecosystem!”
While Danny was working with this crew, he noticed their leader, Loco, struggling to remove a blackberry thorn from his hand. The question of something so small hurting so bad became the catalyst to the inspiration for the song. “I knew immediately there was a song there,” Danny continues. “A parable about the power we have as mere individuals to be a thorn in the side of the unjust power structure currently gripping the world. When I got home from work, I put the lyrics over a simple 4 chord pattern and came up with a simple vocal melody.”
Tom Cook of The Debonaires is featured on the track with his contribution of the upright piano being performed on the downbeat of the track, giving it an old-time ska/rocksteady sound. You can purchase Burnt’s new album, Majestic Walrus, on iTunes by clicking HERE!
California-based reggae-rock group BURNT came together in 2002, initially based around Coachella Valley, relocating to San Diego in 2005, and eventually settling in San Francisco. Burnt consist of Matt “Primo” Swagler on bass, Rob LaPorte on drums/percussion, Danny Franco with lead vocals/rhythm guitar and Joe Ransom on lead guitar. Their music is rebel music: an original blend of reggae, ska, punk rock and hip-hop sounds. Building on Do It Yourself traditions of many influential punk and reggae bands before them, Burnt manages their our own tours and have independently produced 10 albums of original music. At the center of their sound is a voice for social & environmental justice for all! Conscious lyrics, bass heavy grooves & steady rhythms = BURNT
Huge thanks again to BURNT for allowing us to share new song “Blackberry” to post up for FREE download. Free music is a privilege that we’re grateful for and we appreciate the work these artists do! Please feel free to download this song for FREE and spread the awareness to your friends!
Enjoy the FREE track on the homepage!
Article By: Mike Patti
Listen: Burnt – Blackberry