The Burned

The Burned

 Austin, Texas, USA
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Since the band's self titled release in January 2010, four of the songs have been licensed on national TV, and AAA radio stations across the country have been playing tracks daily. The Burned is about making great psychedelic rock music with a show that packs a powerful and epic punch in the soul.

Biography

“I can hear music in the stars/I can paint pictures with my voice,” claims singer/ songwriter Kurt Baumann in “Music in the Stars,” one of the songs on The Burned, the name of his solo debut project, the result of a lifetime chasing his muse.

Born in San Antonio, and growing up in a rural East Texas town, his parents separating when he was three, Kurt and his sister lived their teen years with their father, an airline pilot who once worked for the Prime Minister of Lebanon, in such exotic locales as Saudi Arabia and Germany. As a child, his favorite singer was Willie Nelson, but he also listened to master storytellers like Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson before his sister turned him on to rock & roll, eventually drawing him to visionaries such as John Lennon, Jim Morrison and David Bowie. Although he played in a grunge-style punk garage band while in Germany, then was a member of the popular jam band Kan’nal, he traveled a long road to write his solo bow that took him to a mystical, transcendent experience in an abandoned mining town tucked away among the mountains of Mexico where he wrote much of the album.

“People have described my music as kind of spooky and dark,” says Baumann, much of its inspiration coming from the parched terrain of his home state that has produced a musical melting pot of country, blues, soul, rock, R&B and psychedelic sounds. “I needed to fulfill this vision by going back to my Texas roots.”

That background can be heard in songs like the sun-baked “Where Are We Now,” with its jangling guitars, whispered vocals and a cappella choir; the distorted rock guitars of “Monster;” the loping, atmospheric “What We Know;” the sensual blues of “Hard Lesson;” the ominous, Pink Floyd acid strains of the sci-fi “Man Running;” and the soaring chamber string sextet which climaxes “Make Believe” as Kurt urges us to “remember what it’s like to play God” and “make believe in miracles again.”

“I’ve always dipped into elements of the subconscious as a writer,” he says, calling Carl Jung one of his favorite authors. “Some of the sounds I choose trigger those feelings of something underneath the surface, hidden from view. It started out as an acoustic record, like Ray LaMontagne or Damien Rice, but then I began working with synthesizers, plug-ins and electric guitars during the recordings and the songs began to organically evolve with these electronic and atmospheric elements.

A vocalist from the time he could walk, Kurt would sing country songs for his elementary school show-and-tell, always knowing he had a stage presence, but it wasn’t until he gave up music, traveled to Mexico, and had a number of explorative journeys and experiences that he found he had something to write about.

“I wanted to find a deeper thing within myself to present to the world,” he says.

Biblical references dot songs like “Where Are We Now,” “What We Know” and “That’s Life,” which express that existential journey, while “Hard Lesson,” “Listen” and “More Than I Want” deal with relationships and the more emotional side of that path. The acoustic “Time” even features a duet with his partner, singer/songwriter Katie Gray. Throughout, Baumann is like a shaman, providing spiritual signposts for listeners in his musical visions.

“I’m not trying to preach, but rather share my views with others,” he says. “I’m fascinated with the desert visions of Native Americans, the whole make-up of that subconscious realm. It’s like those ceremonies that are thousands of years old and tap into the underlying grid of what’s real. I’m trying to put that mystery and magic into the music without having people judge it. Mainly, I want it to be good music to listen to, but to also trigger something a little deeper inside.”

There’s an apocalyptic, end-of-days feel to music on The Burned, but Baumann insists he’s a glass-half-full kind of guy, leaving the choice up to us.

“It’s not like I feel I can change the world, but I really want to put stuff out there that can help people, make them feel better,” says Kurt. “Give them the seeds they can plant and grow something beautiful with. I want people to discover things within themselves through the music.”

On “Listen,” he combines Chris Isaak’s twangy noir classic “Wicked Game,” offering the advice, “Hang on to your dreams/Cuz dreams keep things alive.” On the majestic “That’s Life,” he reveals, “I’ve been chasing a reason/For my life,” with the same confessional gospel fervor of U2’s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.”

“In the past, I struggled so hard not to reveal my influences, but this time, I really wanted to let them shine,” he says. “I found out that’s not necessarily a bad thing.”

Indeed, The Burned, recorded mostly at Dik Darnell’s Colorado studio and at Castle Oaks in L.A.’s Calabasas suburb, finds Baumann increasingly comfortable with his musical palette.

“I definitely feel this album captures the essence of what I’ve been through and where I a

Lyrics

Where Are We Now

Written By: Kurt Baumann

I remember I’ve been here before
Some other time some other doorway in my mind
Straight back to you
The grass is never greener than it was before
I’ve seen her change her mind and blink her eye
Its still the same place
Oh Where are we now
Missing a few pieces to your broken hearted Jesus
May the shining light of reason guide us all
Inner voices outer choices opposites and Godly forces
All lead me back home to you
Oh where are we now
Far away
World wide
Heaven hides
I just don’t feel it anymore
It used to be here once before
But I just don’t feel it anymore
Oh where are we now

Hard Lesson

Written By: Kurt Baumann

Its late at night and I think of you
And all those things you like to do
Still got your flavor on me
Yeah I can taste your memory
I’ve been hypnotized
Your serpent circles mine
My fingers in the fruit of life
I can’t wait to take another bite
You’ve got what I want
Your everything come give it for me
A hard lesson to learn
You always want what you can’t have
I don’t believe in I can’t have
You feel my need for being bad
And I’m addicted to a good habit
Just like a heavy drug
Mixed up inside my blood
Controlling every thought
Come help me work it out
Because you know what I want
My everything come give it up for me
A hard lesson to learn
How fast can you cure my madness
Break dishes and smash the glasses
I crawl around in the underneath
These scorpions keep stinging me
No reason to my actions
Something deep inside me has it out for you
Because you’ve got what I want
Come give it up your everything I need
A hard lesson to learn

Monster

Written By: Kurt Baumann

The monsters come out after dark
Hiding in corners of your heart
Not made of flesh or bone or blood
Only as real as what you thought
The monster wants to take control
He knows he’s nothing without you
A glass master of your soul
Shatter that picture with the stone

(I’m not afraid of monsters anyway)
The monsters got a hold of you
He wants to hide you from the truth
(I’m not afraid, you can’t hurt me)
Find your survival at the root
Now climb the tree and burn the bush

I’m not afraid of monsters anyway
I’m not afraid, you can’t hurt me
The monsters got a hold of you
He wants to hide you from the truth
Find your survival at the root
Now climb the tree and burn the bush

Make Believe

Written By: Kurt Baumann

Who’s to know my world
Who’s to know my worry
Mountains rise and fall all the time
And it doesn’t mean a damn thing to God
So make believe in miracles instead
Who’s to show no fear
Then cast the first stone at the mirror
And break the spell you put on yourself
And crack your shell wide open again
And make believe in miracles my friends
Who’s to give everything
Just to serve what they believe in
That’s the way you play the game of life
You create the world you want to see outside
And remember what its like to play God
And make believe in miracles again
Make believe in miracles my friends

What We Know

Written By: Kurt Baumann

A bright light in the sky
But nobody can spy it
How we gonna survive
When the water runs dry
Its right there before your eyes
But nobody can find it
One day them ships will come to bail us out

Nothing at all is what we really know

I feel something turning in my soul
My skin begins to crawl like a reptile
I’m seeing things I didn’t even think were possible
Well nothing at all is what we really know

Nothing at all is what we really know

Discography

The Burned~ Released In January of 2010.

"Where Are We Now" featured in the TV series Crash.
"Time" was on ABC's Make It Or Break It.
"Make Believe" aired on Starz Network's Gossip Girl.
"Man Running" featured on NBC's Chase.

The first single "Where Are We Now" has received many plays on AAA radio across the country and the new singles "Hard Lesson" and "Listen" are scheduled for release early 2011.

Set List

All songs are original material featuring the 12 tracks on the album along with any new cuts that are ready for performing.
Shows can range anywhere from 30-90 minutes.