Fucked Up‘s Damian Abraham (a/k/a Pink Eyes) was still in diapers when Mission of Burma first started horrifying audiences with their bass-driven fusion of Wire’s art-school sensibilities, the Ramones’ fuck-everything attitude, and huge Zeppelin-esque riffs. To be fair, Fucked Up freaks people out in their own special way—Abraham will likely bleed and puke on you if you stand too close. But Burma has become the wise sage of punk music since their 2002 reunion, staying true to their sound while pushing it to new levels of experimentation. Both bands share fury in common, and the insanity of Abraham’s stage antics is only matched by the meditative playing of Burma’s punk veterans Clint Conley and Roger Miller.

Sun., July 12, 2 p.m., 2009

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 1, 2009

Archive Highlights