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BURNSIDE PROJECT

Rewind back to 2002, before bands like The Postal Service, Cut Copy and LCD Soundsystem normalized indie guitars over electronic beats. A few recent NYC transplants turned in an album to indie stalwart Bar/None Records. The album adventurously combined Pavement-influenced songwriting, indie guitar riffs, breakbeat electronica, ‘80s synth lines, ‘90s house beats and more. The band was Burnside Project and the album was 2003’s “The Networks, The Circuits, The Streams, The Harmonies.”

The LP received enthusiastic press coverage from SPIN (5 stars), FADER and Rolling Stone (Editor’s Choice) and cosigns from tastemakers like filmmaker Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous), DJ John Richards (KEXP) and novelist Rick Moody (The Ice Storm). Breakout single “Cue The Pulse To Begin” was a sync powerhouse, appearing in movies and TV shows most notably as the theme to Showtime’s Queer As Folk which led these quirky artists to become accidental LGBTQ+ cult heroes. Even Pitchfork had to admit the songs were “catchy” and that “you can end up shaking your ass.” They supported the LP with live dates alongside both critically acclaimed artists and newer buzz bands like The Notwist, Styrofoam, Death from Above 1979, HOME, Antietam and even ‘80s new wave icons Modern English.

A year later the band signed to Sony and went on a sold-out tour of Japan where “Cue The Pulse To Begin” went Top 30. They dropped another album in 2005 but by 2006, unable to translate their critical support into a sustainable career, they broke up. The concept of “indie synth pop” became codified by the late 2000s with artists like MGMT, Passion Pit, Empire Of The Sun and more. Today, the idea of combining sparkling indie guitars over synthy ‘80s beats is so common it’s hard to remember this sound was once novel.  

Burnside Project’s impact is largely forgotten, stuck in the memories of early aughts supporters and the soundtracks of Jackie Chan movies and cable TV shows. Now, with the 20-year anniversary of that ground-breaking album looming, Burnside Project considers life in 2023. 

Burnside Project is Richard Jankovich, Gerald Hammill, and Paul Searing.

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DISCOGRAPHY

SYNTAX & SEMANTICS
(BAR/NONE)
2016

THE FINEST EXAMPLE IS YOU
(BAR/NONE)
2005

THE NETWORKS, THE CIRCUITS, THE STREAMS, THE HARMONIES
(BAR/NONE) 2003

BURNSIDE PROJECT
(FRAGA)
2000/2007

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PRESS


“…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-.”
Spin


“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.”
Billboard


“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.”
Salon.com


“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.”
Synthesis


“…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.”
PopMatters

TOUR

2006
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.

2005
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

2004
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

2003
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

2002
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

2001
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 |

2000
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 |