The Burning Hell
In 2007, Mathias Kom collected some of his many songs and started a band, named after a religious tract handed to him by a wide-eyed zealot in Toronto. Mathias subsequently invited all of his friends to join him in performing these songs about seagulls, shopping malls, and the similarities between love and hurricanes. A five-piece lineup had emerged by 2012 to record People in Berlin, Germany. A hooky, wordy, joyous indie-rock record, People was released the following year, receiving critical accolades from the mainstream music press, and spinning in frequent rotation on BBC 6 Music. The band followed up in 2016 with Public Library, where Mathias leaned into his preternatural ability with language to craft distorted storytelling epics, with dazzlingly speedy wordplay and wild and rollicking guitars. In 2017, with a new three-piece lineup, The Burning Hell released the garage-folk Revival Beach, which finds Mathias investigating the coming apocalypse.