(Ear)plugged in: Mission of Burma at the Paradise

Mission of Burma photos by Ben Sisto (see his Flickr stream)

Mission of Burma
July 13 at the Paradise, Boston

My ears are still ringing after Mission of Burma’s triumphant, sold-out-as-hell release gig for The Obliterati last night at the Paradise (ironically enough, a venue Burma was barred from back in the day for not having a big enough draw — look who’s laughing now). Roger Miller’s guitar sounded so wildly amazing — his Marshall combo on eleven and at the very front of the stage, spewing body-rattling blasts of beyond-overdriven power chords, feedback, scrapes, and skronk — that I tried my darndest to avoid putting anything in my ear holes to muffle the sound. (Interestingly, Miller, who suffers from tinnitus, forwent his usual earmuff-looking things for normal earplugs.) Ultimately the volume became unbearable, and I scampered to the lavatory to retrieve a couple of wads of toilet paper sometime in the middle of the first set. Yeah, they did two sets — a pretty brilliant idea, despite one heckler’s accusation of geezer syndrome. That’s an asinine accusation if I’ve ever heard one: the loud-and-nasty-as-fuck ferocity of last night’s show completely belied their age. Let’s hope the kids were taking notes.

Will Spitz

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