Monday, 17 November 2008
Burial were a pioneering Ska/Punk band who formed in the town of Norton, North Yorkshire, England in 1981. Of the band’s earliest recordings Back Street Child and I Can’t Forget appear on the “Oi! the Demo’s 80-83” (Captain Oi! Records) compilation where they are featured alongside original Oi! bands such as the Cockney Rejects and Angelic Upstarts. The Burial’s next output was on vinyl in the shape of the “Oi! Of Sex”(Secret Records 1984) compilation to which they contributed three songs, Friday Night, Old Man’s Poison and Stiff with a Quiff, the latter being recorded with Nick Toczek under the alter ego of The Britanarchists. The band went on to record a further two tracks as The Britanarchists which were released on a 12” E.P. entitled “More to Hate”.(Martyhate Records 1986) The Burial’s one and only studio album “A Day On The Town” (Skank/Link) was recorded in 1988 at the Billiard Room Studio in Leeds. The album showcased the bands amazing musical diversity and blends Ska, Punk, Soul and Folk influences in an innovative cutting edge style. While out on the road The Burial played with hundreds of bands throughout the height of the second wave of Punk/Oi! and shared a stage with such diverse talents as the U.K. Subs, Bad Manners, The Damned, Rough Justice, Redskins,The Business and The Housemartins. During thier career The Burial were at the forefront of the Sussed Skin movement and were featured regularly in the legendary Skinzine “Hard as Nails“ which described them as the “great streepunk hopes“. They were also interviewed in anti fascist street fighters magazine Red Action and had full page articles in both Sounds and NME music papers. Mark Brennan of Captain Oi! Records describes them in the sleeve notes of “Oi! The Demos” as “the prototype skacore band”. Garry Bushell says of The Burial in his piece “The Truth About Oi!” “Scarborough’s Burial cited Oi and 2-Tone as forebears and mixed the sounds of ska and rowdy bootboy punk in their set”. Today the influence felt by The Burial’s fusion of genres spans the globe and their music has to date appeared on a total of 29 (and growing) compilation albums/cds/dvds across the world. The Burial were a pioneering Ska/Punk band who formed in the town of Norton, North Yorkshire, England in 1981.