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Interview: Her Burden

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If Her Burden were a TV series they’d be The Inbetweeners because they're “just four average lads, not particularly the most popular or good looking in the world, having a laugh and not taking things or ourselves too seriously.”

The four piece indie rock band - Josh Jones, Luke Spencer, Matthew White and Matthew Newton - sound understated at first glance. They have however already been noticed by BBC Introducing, have a busy gig schedule lined up and some great new tracks in the works. 

‘Psychopath’ is one of the band’s standout sounds and the boys were keen to talk about the shoot that produced the song’s memorable video.

’Psychopath’ was a fun one to film… we climbed into the abandoned buildings of Corah in Leicester and filmed whatever came to us. It's a great place to explore so we had a lot of fun with it.”

Her Burden pride themselves on their genre mixing and see themselves as a band unconstructed by strict genre boundaries. That’s been central to their new album.

We currently have a full-length album in the works, which is so near to being finished; just adding those final touches… We have some straight up Punk and Rock songs, as well as catchy Pop tunes and acoustic ballads. We've also experimented with some dancy-pop acoustic tunes, which we cannot wait for people to hear. There is also a lot more experimentation with vocal harmony's, different instruments and sound effects unlike anything we have done before.”

"We'd have to say Green Day has a major influence in our songwriting, as it's some of the members’ favourite band of all time! But we're influenced by anything and everything we like. Because we consider ourselves an unrestricted band in terms of genre, this ranges from Nirvana to Ed Sheeran and from The Rolling Stones to Daft Punk."

Their closeness and willingness to experiment with different genres and influences has kept Her Burden together as a band and helped them be creative together in their writing, at they tell me:

"We're not the kind of people that listen to one genre religiously. We all like a varied amount from Rock, Pop, Punk, Dance, Country, Blues, Funk ect. So there aren't any musical differences whatsoever, which is great! We think and hope that comes through in our music."

If you like what you see you can catch Her Burden live on various Leicester dates. The band met at university in the city and have made it their spiritual home.

“A lot of venues in Leicester have something that makes them individual. The Shed is like home - some of us have performed some of our first gigs there with other bands and it’s played host to Her Burden’s first gigs. Now that is has been renovated it's even better! Duffy's Bar is small and intimate and there's literally always some drunk guy that comes and dances to our songs. The Cookie is a cool place and the guys at The Soundhouse are always friendly and help us put on a great show.

For their full list of tour dates, like Her Burden on Facebook HERE

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