Few bands who got their start in the 70’s punk scene have had quite as much resonance and tangibility as Boston’s tried and true Mission of Burma. Making the most of their heady college-town days in Boston, the band spent time absorbing bands such as Dead Boys, Suicide and the like, gravitating towards an assertive, but far-reaching sound, experimenting with loops, production, sonic freakouts and an altogether unclassifiable sound that was nonetheless magnetic and indelible. Newer material following their re-invigoration (2002) matched solid for solid, still, from their early days and their most recent, the self-described “brutal” Unsound [Fire Records] is the sound of a band in their long-lasting prime.
Tonight the band plays Milwaukee’s Shank Hall [1434 N. Farwell] with Milwaukee’s Wereworm and Roger Miller, Burma’s guitarist/vocalist, will give details today on the Melissa Show at 2:30 p.m. Listen, live, at 91.7 FM on your radio dial or stream live (or in the archives if you missed out) at WMSE.org. Check out Unsound via the video, below, for the song “Semi-Pseudo-Sort-Of-Plan”.