News Alternative 05/05/2017

The Burnt Tapes - 'Alterations' EP & New Music Video For 'Oh Marie'

New York, NY (Top40 Charts) Following on from their two previous releases 'Wasted History' in 2014 and 'Besides' in 2016 the band will release their new EP 'Alterations' through Lockjaw Records (UK CD/Digital), Umlaut Records (Vinyl) & Cannonball Records on Friday 2nd June.

To celebrate the news the group are streaming a music video for new single 'Oh Marie' a gritty track which channels the more melancholy edges of the band's gruff-punk influenced sound.

Commenting on the song, vocalist/bassist, Tone Apostolopoulos explains: "The title of the EP 'Alterations' is inspired by the changes that occur in your life as you start to approach the end of your 20s, and how you begin to lose people, either physically or through disconnection. Phil (vocals/guitar) lost his grandma a month before recording and the track is dedicated to her".

Moving from their hometown of Athens, Greece in 2013 to continue their studies and avoid mandatory conscription into the armed forces The Burnt Tapes have spent the past four years adapting to life in the capital. Forging new friendships and finding a home in a corner of the UK punk scene that shares their ethos of "inclusion, respect and support - sprinkled with good times for everyone".

Recorded under-the-radar and in the blazing Athens heat, the development of 'Alterations' wasn't all plain sailing. A dose of bad fortune meant Guitarist Phil Georgoulopoulos almost had to duck out of the sessions after a freak cycling accident left his strumming arm badly injured and placed in a sling. However, with the help of some serious pharmaceuticals, namely painkillers and muscle relaxants, he managed to play through the pain barrier and successfully deliver all his parts.

Produced by Jacopo Fokas (Despite Everything/Vodka Juniors) the 5 tracks of 'Alterations' throw nods to the gritty post-hardcore influenced punk of bands like Hot Water Music & Polar Bear Club. Taking the well-travelled sounds of mid-western punk firmly in their grasp, The Burnt Tapes have successfully created what could be said is their most accomplished work to date and a record which is surely set to become a fan favourite.

Earning support for their fun-time gruff punk sound, The Burnt Tapes have shared bills with many of their genre's heavyweights like Paint It Black, Red City Radio, Belvedere, Brutal Youth, Timeshares & MakeWar as well as playing over 100 shows across the UK & Europe. After a sweaty at-capacity show at the recent Manchester Punk Festival, The Burnt Tapes are hitting the road once again with shows lined up in the UK and on the continent in support of 'Alterations' release.

'Alterations' is out Friday 2nd June through Lockjaw Records (UK CD/Digital), Umlaut Records (Vinyl) & Cannonball Records.

Tour dates:
27th May - Bar Les Anges, Charleroi (BE)
28th May - Cafe Bluff, Heerlen (NL)
30th May - Bobble Cafe, Lomme (FR)
1st June - Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth
2nd June - Sanctuary, Basingstoke
3rd June - Urban Bar, London

The Burnt Tapes are:
Tone Apostolopoulos - Vocals & Bass
Phil Georgoulopoulos - Lead Vocals & Guitar
Panos Tessaromatis - Vocals & Guitar
Jordan Hall - Drums

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