Mission Of Burma Preps New Album, DVD
Influential rock trio Mission Of Burma will re-emerge with a number of projects this spring, including a new studio album, "The Obliterati," and a band documentary.Influential rock trio Mission Of Burma will re-emerge with a number of projects this spring, including a new studio album, "The Obliterati," and a band documentary. The film "Not a Photograph: The Mission of Burma Story" premieres tomorrow (April 22) as part of the Independent Film Festival of Boston at the Somerville Theatre in Somerville, Mass.
"We've seen it a little bit, but not the final version," guitarist Roger Miller tells Billboard.com. "It's difficult for us to be objective about it, but I'm extremely interested to hear what other people think about it. Obviously, it's exciting to have someone do a documentary about you. Continuously, they were shooting us -- we'd be driving or performing or whatever. Originally, it was supposed to be about just two reunion shows, so in some respects we spoiled the whole thing by continuing the play. Still, we're hoping for the best."
As the May 9 Matador release of "The Obliterati" nears, the label has launched Obliterati.net for the dual purpose of promoting the release and serving as a historical document for Mission Of Burma. In addition to sampling songs from the set, fans can use the site's TikiWiki editing tool to tweak the band's history in the same way that users of online encyclopedia Wikipedia update entries.
"Conceptually, it's a very interesting idea, though I don't have time for it," Miller says. "I read the page on me and didn't know where it came from. It is kind of scary, too. It's a very peculiar time we live in where everyone has access to everything so fast. I can't tell if that's a good thing or not."
A limited run of the album will sport a bonus DVD with four songs ("The Setup," "Wounded World," "That's When I Reach for My Revolver" and "That's How I Escaped My Certain Fate") recorded in Lowell, Mass., when Burma opened for another recently reunited act.
"We played three shows with the Pixies," Miller says. "The middle show really smoked, and when we saw how well the video was shot, we were pleasantly surprised. It's a good documentation of the group doing whatever it is we do."
The band has a handful of live dates scheduled in the coming months, with a host of July shows yet to be announced.