Sweden's BURST will play its last show ever on Friday, December 18 at Sticky Fingers in Gothenburg. According to the band, "There will be a bunch of cool giveaways, including the rare, out-of-print CDEP 'In Coveting Ways' to the first 100 through the door." In addition, the entire show will be filmed by for a possible DVD release.
Regarding what fans can expect to see at the concert, BURST said, "[WE will play] two sets, the first being latest album, 'Lazarus Bird', from start to finish, which means that we will be playing songs like 'Momentum' and 'City Cloaked', which we never played live before. After a break, we'll play the second set, comprised of fan favorites as well as songs we rarely or never played live. It will be an unashamedly awesome mix of old, new-ish and new BURST memories!
"We have invited a bunch of cool guests to color both sets, amongst others Elias Holmlid (of DRAGONLORD), Ulf Eriksson (ex-THE GREAT DECEIVER, ex-THE BREEDING) as well as our long time producer Fredrik Reinedahl (who, apart from BURST, has produced the likes of ABANDON, OPETH and SÓLSTAFÍR), as well as some potential guests we can't disclose now. This means that our heavy tunes will be colored by everything from percussion and Hammond to saxophone and cello."
BURST announced its decision to disband in July, stating at the time, "BURST have made music in this constellation for over ten years now, and while our creative urges remain intact, the energy and motivation it takes to be in a band that continues to grow and gets a lot of touring offers has slowly but continuously weakened over the last years. Why? Who knows.
"There are a million and one reasons why we haven't been able to reignite ourselves following the release of 'Lazarus Bird'. We were so proud of that album, and we should have had all the power in the world within us. But something's been missing. For a while now our band has been shaky, unmotivated and prone to a lot of internal discussions, and all that has sucked the energy out of us. That's not how it should be.
"We guess the most significant reasons are that we have different views on what our band should be about, how much effort we are able and willing to put into it, as well as individual band members' wish to prioritize other things in their respective lives. We are too proud of our band and our music to let it slowly wither or perhaps explode in a flurry of intra-band conflict. So, we'll end it now amicably and avoid what could possibly turn into a less-friendly split. We might have separate views and wills, but there is no animosity between us now.
"When you think about it, being in a rock band is a fucked-up social experiment: five different persons are to agree on something as individual as creative visions AND have the personal chemistry to be able to spend a disproportionate amount of time together on tour buses and cramped backstage rooms. There are a lot of nasty smells to be digested, a lot of insane behavior to be handled, a lot of mundane issues to be solved.
"BURST is a shining example of this: being in this band is like being in a dysfunctional but loving family. There is a lot of love, and there are no huge egos — but there are a lot of strong opinions and disparate personalities that sometimes make it difficult to agree on where we are going."
BURST completed its first — and last — U.S. tour immediately following the band's appearance at the Planet Caravan festival in Asheville, North Carolina on September 19.
BURST's latest album, "Lazarus Bird", was released in September 2008 via Relapse Records. The CD was recorded at Studio Bohussound (STATUS QUO, ABBA) in Kungälv, Sweden. The follow-up to 2005's "Origo" was once again tracked with engineer Fredrik Reinedahl (OPETH, IN FLAMES, GADGET).