Against a backdrop of colorful visuals and a sea of moody lights, a group of seasoned musicians took to the stage last October and brought the house down.
“We are a legitimate rock band right here on Orcas Island,” said Kurt Baumann, founder of The Burned.
The group has just released a record of four songs called “Dark Red Sun” and is playing two nights of concerts to celebrate: May 25 and 26 at the Sea View Theatre. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m.
On Friday, Bloodshot-N-The Fox (Isaac Frausto and Dustin Fox) will open the show with their conscious hip-hop music. Singer Josh Clauson of Flowmotion will open the Saturday performance.
Tickets are $15 online at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3381099. The band’s last concert on Orcas sold out quickly.
Baumann’s solo work is under the title “The Burned,” and he describes it as the bridge where Johnny Cash and Pink Floyd meet. After taking a break for a handful of years to create music with his partner Katie Gray, Baumann was inspired to write music again as a solo artist. He gathered Kevin Colomby on bass, Bruce Harvie on guitar and Jeffrey Horton on drums to round out the group.
“Every time we rehearse we are super energized and pumped, which to me is a sign that something good is really happening,” said Baumann. “I surround myself with great musicians. It’s amazing to have these guys…It’s been eight years since I’ve released music with The Burned so it’s really exciting.”
“Dark Red Sun” was produced by John Adair in Los Angeles and is available on iTunes and Amazon.com. Visit www.theburnedmusic.com for more information and https://youtu.be/6Cj5iGo-TWc for a promotional video about the record. A music video for the song “Numb” can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/269888239.
“Nobody buys records anymore. You put heart and soul into a 12-song record and then people just skim it online and buy one or two songs,” said Baumann. “So we are doing a series of EPs, which are shorter records of four or five songs. This is the first and we’ll release another one in September. The first is psychedelic rock. It tells deep stories with texture. The next EP will dig further into the psychedelic western side. We like a lot of reverb. The songs take you on these journeys and then when it’s time to rock, we rock.”
After its big performance on Orcas last fall, The Burned has toured in Portland and Seattle. It’s set to play several festivals this summer and will perform at the Imagine Festival on Orcas in September.
“My goal is to build an audience. Going on a tour is a quick way to burn your band out, so I want to work on releasing music and playing locally,” said Baumann.