Burnside Project is a New York–based electropop, indie band featuring Richard Jankovich, Gerald Hammill, and Paul Searing.

In 2000, they self-released their debut which led to interest from labels including Bar/None, with whom they signed in 2002. The debut was re-mastered in 2007 on Fraga Music

Burnside Project’s Bar/None debut, “The Networks, the Circuits, the Streams, the Harmonies” was released in 2003. The album charted on college radio (including heavy rotation on Seattle’s KEXP) and earned an A- in SPIN and placement on Rolling Stone’s “Hot List.” It was nominated for the Shortlist Music Prize by acclaimed writer/director Cameron Crowe.

The single “Cue the Pulse to Begin” was the theme song to seasons 4 and 5 of the US “Queer as Folk” on Showtime. “Cue The Pulse To Begin” also became a top 10 radio hit in Japan when “Networks” was released on Sony/DefSTAR in 2004. The band toured the country in support of the release in Summer of 2004.

The 2005 follow-up album “The Finest Example is You” featured the singles “And So It Goes” and “One to One.” Entertainment Weekly proclaimed “their songs are great examples of where indie rock should be headed.” Burnside Project hasn’t performed live since April 2006. On September 9, 2016, the band released their third album on Bar/None “Syntax and Semantics”, originally recorded in 2004.




(BAR/NONE) 2003




“…one-upping Beck, Burnside Project holds their own. It’s pure indie rock wrapped in electronic beats–not easily pulled off but one they make work.”
February 2003 Hot List (Editors Choice)
Rolling Stone

“…frenetic funk fiddling, ecstatic regret. Proof that love hangovers sound good at any bpm. Grade = A-.”

“Nobody told these dudes garage guitars and hip hop beats don’t mix; maybe that’s how they make it work.”
The Fader

“…the feel of an IDM record. They offset this computer noodling with a strong pop sensibility and winning contributors.”

“They have brilliantly nailed the rendering of the untamed interior of the early 21-st century American head.”
Time Out New York

“It’s an apt title, since their songs are great examples of where indie rock should be headed. Check out ‘And So It Goes’–it’s just perfect.”
Entertainment Weekly

“…catchy, trashy dance-pop, with synths that reference New Order and other glossy bands of the past, but made cheap and dirty. ‘And So It Goes’ is enlivened by the combination of a drum machine disco beat with some cannily played live drums.”

“Tapped by many to be the next leaders of the ongoing dance-rock revival, Burnside Project use guitars and grooves to create endearing, irony-free songs.”
Big Shot

“The Burnside Project makes dance beats New Order synthesizer style and tops them with Richard Jankovich’s vocals…It’s a fine example of good electronic pop.”
New York Post

“Sweet vocal harmonies, guitars that jump from clean to walls of distortion, live and programmed drums–it’s a good formula…perfectly balanced.”
Music For Robots

“…a complex, yet immediately infectious indie pop record with a smorgasbord of bloops and bleeps in all the right places.”

“…a successful cohesion of admirable electronics with the sophisticatedly hopeful indie boy band. Maybe opposites can attract.”
The Tripwire

“…more surprising, more unique and more revitalizing. The disparate styles naturally meld into one style: Burnside style.”

“By far, one of the coolest new things I’ve heard. An amazing release.”
Shredding Paper


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Last week, I played songs from my projects Big Mother Gig, Burnside Project and Pocket plus a few covers. If you missed the livestream, you can watch it here:
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Let’s help get the word out about this great org getting N95 masks to those who need them. Please contribute a few bucks to help:
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Thanks, Brother Dan, for uncovering these gems. More archival photos from our debut show in NYC in Feb of 2000. So young...
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20 years ago THIS WEEK we played for the very first time celebrating the release of our debut LP.  We played in the now defunct ANTARCTICA BAR in NYC’s Tribeca/Soho neighborhood at 287 Hudson St a few blocks from where Richard was working.
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20 years ago, in January of 2000, this demo/album was released. And thus began the story of Burnside Project...
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No...THAT’S a rainbow!
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2003 Photo Shoot with Bert Querioz #newyork #indie #burnsideproject #alternative #indietronica #japan #cuethepulsetobegin #cuethepulse #japan #sony #defstar #tokyo #nagoya #synthpop #electropop #electronica #2000s
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2003 Photo Shoot with Bert Querioz #newyork #indie #burnsideproject #alternative #indietronica #japan #cuethepulsetobegin #cuethepulse #japan #sony #defstar #tokyo #nagoya #synthpop #electropop #electronica #2000s
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2003 Photo Shoot with Bert Querioz #newyork #indie #burnsideproject #alternative #indietronica #japan #cuethepulsetobegin #cuethepulse #japan #sony #defstar #tokyo #nagoya #synthpop #electropop #electronica #2000s
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“It was good!”


04.21 | new york ny | crash mansion | w/ we are americana, others…
04.01 | new york ny | cake shop | w/ unlove, human television, eliot lipp, pipas.
02.08 | new york ny | knitting factory | movable hype/gothamist party.
01.13 | brooklyn ny | north six | w/eiffel tower, diggs, debutants.

12.10 | new york ny | sin-e | w/gil mantera party dream, cock lorge.
11.10 | new york ny | the delancey| w/brasilia, hartley goldstein and isobella.
10.13 | new york ny | rothko | album release party w/33Hz

10.05 | new york ny | pianos | w/tracy shedd, aarktica.
09.23 | new york ny | pianos | w/sam champion, death from above 1979.
09.18 | new york ny | the delancey | w/film school, dumbwaiters.
07.30 | new york ny | sin-e | benefit for tv personalities’ dan treacy w/my favorite, baskervilles and more.
03.09 | tokyo, japan | harajuka astro hall | new blood night
03.07 | nagoya, japan | club quattro | crj show
02.18 | new york ny | coral room | crashin in w/sea ray, longwave’s steve schiltz

10.25 | new york ny | acme underground | cmj w/grand champeen, glurp records
10.18 | brooklyn ny | tobacco warehouse | w/mink lungs, bronx monks
07.11 | new york ny | sin-e | w/antietam, brasilia, daniel givens
07.07 | brooklyn ny | petes | (richard) w/ttws, mendoza, american book cong
06.27 | tampa fl | masquerade | w/modern english, rancid polecats
05.18 | hoboken nj | maxwell’s | w/may day, elk city
05.05 | new york ny | knitting factory | w/echoboy
04.26 | philadelphia pa | the fire | w/one star hotel, knife in the water
04.25 | new york ny | mercury lounge | w/mendoza line, knife in water, ilya
04.20 | arlington va | the galaxy hut | w/darby jones
04.19 | washington dc | staccato lounge |
04.05 | new york ny | knitting factory | w/notwist, styrofoam
03.25 | new york ny | pianos | w/grand mal, come down
02.06 | brooklyn ny | galapagos | mcsweeneys w/m. welch, jonathon ames
02.01 | brooklyn ny | luxx | w/brasilia, healamonster & tarsier
01.25 | new york ny | mercury lounge | w/mendoza line, hula, bee + flower
01.20 | arlington va | galaxy hut | w/early returns (members of mendoza line)
01.19 | philadelphia pa | the fire | w/b. trojan & traffic jam
01.18 | wilmington de | barn door | w/this radient boy

11.29 | new york ny | infrared lounge | w/ladies and gentlemen
10.26 | brooklyn ny | free 103.9 | ctfo2: w/home, spacious, luminaries, more
08.23 | brooklyn ny | galapagos | w/leels, dumbwaiters
06.15 | baltimore md | payans rugs | w/woodsmen, luminaries, la cerca
06.12 | brooklyn ny | north six | w/mendoza line, la cerca, go jenny

08.10 | brooklyn ny | north six | w/elk city
07.18 | pemberton nj | wbzc-fm live radio performance
06.23 | baltimore md | h lewis | w/true love always, aden
06.21 | new york ny | cbgb basement | w/true love always, +/-, utah
06.20 | hoboken nj | maxwell’s | w/true love always, utah
06.19 | boston ma | middle east | w/true love always, utah, mark robinson
06.18 | easthampton ma | flywheel | w/true love always, utah
01.15 | new york ny | cb’s gallery |

12.15 | new york ny | acme underground |
06.15 | new york ny | cb’s gallery | brighter showcase w/flare, mahogony, somnabulents, dead leaves rising, rivulets, remora
02.15 | new york ny | antarctica |