MISSION OF BURMA + GRMLN + TERROR TUESDAY @ THE ROXY
Photos and words by Michelle Shiers
Boston’s Mission of Burma still carry a sound that is full of youth. These post-punk contemporaries called it quits after four years together in 1983, but reformed in 2002 and since then have put out four strong albums. The Roxy was filled with a mixture of new and old fans– mostly Burma devotees that went as far back as the 80’s and had waited for an opportunity to be a part of their energy for years. This particular show was the band’s return to LA after five years of absence and they certainly showed off their nuanced blend of seasoned and influential punk fury. Guitarist Roger Miller brought the gritty hooks, bassist Clint Conley brought the melodies, and drummer Peter Prescott brought the thumping bite. Together, these three and their collective loud voice boast an industrious punk attitude with an unruly complexity. Although they performed tracks mainly from their last three albums, Mission of Burma did preview a new song “Panic Is No Option” and older 1982 track “That’s How I Escaped My Certain Fate.” The greatest crowd response came from shout-along “That’s When I Reach For My Revolver” from the band’s 1981 EP. Prescott advised the crowd “I want you to really let yourself go and by that, I mean, get fat all-of-a-sudden.” Mission Of Burma performed like workmen with their tools– well-worn guitars and a goofy sense of humor which complemented their aggressive musical prowess that has maintained relevance over decades. Mission Of Burma were opened by locals GRMLN and Terror Tuesday.