The Burdocks
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The Burdocks


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The best kept secret in music


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Airplane Tracks- 7 song E.P
Out of Touch (2003)

Have A Million Friends- Full Length Album
Out of Touch (2002)

Lips And Assholes- Debut EP
Out of Touch (2000)

Volume One
Out of Touch Records 7" compilation(2002)

Plus various songs on compliations issued around the East Coast.


Feeling a bit camera shy


So, what the hell is a Burdock?

The answer to that depends upon who you ask: To some a burdock is that Velcro like pod that gets stuck to your clothes after a drunken romp through the forest; to others it’s one of the ingredients in a bitter sweet Scottish pop; but to a growing legion of fans, a burdock is a member of the Halifax based scrap-rock band whose hectic sound is reminiscent of Superchunk and Flaming Lips with a progressive twist not unlike Rockets Red Glare or Thingy.
The Burdocks emerged in their nascent form in the late 90’s but didn’t solidify their line up until 2000. Consisting of Christian Simmons (bass, vocals), Seth Smith (guitars, vocals), Nancy Urich (bass) and Sean MacGillivary (drums), the Burdocks were a welcome addition to a Maritime music scene desperately in need of some fresh faces and new bands to carry the cities once vaunted lo-fi torch. Retaining the wry pop ideals of their forbearers, these do-it-yourself stalwarts quickly established themselves as both critical darlings and fan favorites through their loud, raucous, chaotic shows and various recorded gems, mostly released on their own Out of Touch Records. The band’s first release for Out of Touch was the ‘Lips and Assholes’ E.P, followed by their first full-length album ‘I Have a Million Friends’. Both releases showcased the bands self-described ‘scrap rock’ sound, wherein different song fragments and styles are expertly sewn together to create a unique sound that is at once choppy and abrasive yet somehow cohesive and poppy. Co-songwriters Christian and Seth craft the band’s dynamic, intricate rock songs, melding classic pop structures with progressive sophistication and indie-rock sincerity to produce songs that buck the current trend of inflexible genre adherence while still maintaining a distinct, instantly recognizable character.

The winter of 2003 saw the release of the release of ‘Airplane Tracks’, a testament to the bands adherence to the D.I.Y ethic. The result of a year of songwriting and six months production, the E.P was recorded in each member’s hometown, scattered throughout Nova Scotia. The band produced the entire E.P themselves, including recording, producing, mastering, and mixing, while the artwork was provided by friend Paul Hammond (the band did help with this as well, ruining their eyesight while painstakingly stenciling in the lyrics and credits). The E.P was very well received, reaching # 1 on numerous college radio stations around Canada (need specifics), including an astounding 12 week run at #1 in Halifax and peaking at #12 nationwide.

Not content with simply rocking their hometown and causing bedroom dance parties elsewhere, the Burdocks tour every chance they get in whatever transport they get (past vehicles include a school bus and a converted ice cream truck rebuilt and refurbished by the band themselves). Their tours have taken them all across the country and they have shared the stage with the likes of the Flashing Lights, the Constantines, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, From Fiction, the Sick Lipstick and Chore.

The Burdocks show no signs of signs of slowing down as the new year approaches. The band plans on entering ‘ The House of Miracles’ to record their next full-length album with Andy MaGoffin, for the newly re-launched Black Mountain Music, in late November and will be touring extensively in the spring in support of the album, hopefully taking their incendiary live show beyond the Canadian borders and into the United States and beyond.