BioThe band that refuses to die. I can't tell you how many times I have uttered that phrase over the years. What was it that kept so many people interested in Burning Image for so long? Burning Image arose out of the ashes of a group called "The Pictures." Tony Bonanno and I had formed The Pictures as an excuse to play the cool, edgy music of the day and to bring Punk Rock to the people of Bakersfield, California.
We were not alone. During that same time, Joe Sparks and Paul Burch were in another local band playing X and Bowie tunes with the same agenda as us. "No more dinosaur rock, lets do something new!" was our battle cry. After a meeting over sirloin tips and coffee at a nearby Denny's, Joe and Paul joined our band.
Burning Image formed in the summer of 1983. We were influenced by a wide range of music, art, and fashion; from Killing Joke to Christian Death and from Andy Warhol to Edward Gorey. It was all there in our music. We wrote a bunch of songs and played some cool shows with The Dead Kennedys, 45 Grave, Specimen, and Dr. Timothy Leary. We put out a 7 inch single. We worked our asses off. It was great!
Over the years, we would get inquiries about Burning Image, especially when the Internet came about. We would get asked questions like: "Do you still have any copies of that 7 inch single with The Final Conflict and Burning Image, Burning?" "Are you ever going to release any old Burning Image music?" "Is Burning Image still around?"
Coming from Bakersfield, California has never been an easy task, especially if you're a musician, and comments like "it's a dusty town," "it's a truck stop," "Buck Owens is from there," or "it's KORN town" readily come to mind. See what I mean. What a lot of people don't know is that Bakersfield has a rich and exciting music scene with new bands forming all the time, and more and more places are opening up for bands to play at. Now add Burning Image to the mix and things just get better.
Burning Image has the originality and the drive to become more than just the next flavor of the month. Burning Image has something to say. They don't just say it, they hit you over the head with it and force you to listen. Call it Goth, call it Punk, call it whatever you want. You decide.
You can't help but hear several musical influences such as Killing Joke, Christian Death, Sex Gang Children, and The Cure when you first give Burning Image a listen. But in the end it all comes out sounding fresh and original. Well, frankly it comes out sounding like Burning Image.
- Moe Adame