Her Burden Talks of Plans Ahead and Music Too!

Modernized indie rockers HER BURDEN had an interesting start off, that would change a bit over time. Since forming though, the band has had some content released a number of single's with more on the way! The band talks of themselves and upcoming plans ahead.

1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.

Initially, Her Burden was an alias for a solo project started by the band's singer and lead guitarist, Joshua Jones. After releasing some music, he met guitarist, Luke Spencer, at a house party. Luke had already listened to Josh's songwriting and wanted to jump on board. From there the band was formed. 

After gigging and releasing some singles and EPs, as well as a few lineup changes in the rhythm section, drummer Matt Newton became friends with Joshua through university (they both studied at De Montfort University, Leicester) and joined the band. Following on from this, long-time friend and supporter of the band, Sam Dickman, was asked to join as the band's permanent bass player, thus completing the lineup we hear today. 

After a big 2019 for the band - which included the release of a debut album, performing at Liverpool SoundCity, supporting The Hunna, Toploader & The Zutons and playing to a 2-thousand strong crowd at Swanbourne Music Festival - the band went into hibernation when 2020 became the year of COVID and cancellations. However this time wasn't wasted, as the band have been working on improving their songwriting, production and live performance, ready for late 2021. 

2. What’s the origin of the band’s name?

It was the least bad "band" name Josh could come up with at the time.

3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?

We're based in Leicester. The scene is varied, odd and kind of all over the place and has produced some major acts like Kasabian, Easy Life and Mahalia. It doesn't have the strongest live scene going in the UK, but you can hear some amazing artists producing a range of styles, including The Pulse, Scumbag Lion, Jafro, and Switchdown.

4. How would you describe your style?

In the beginning, the Her Burden sound was heavily influenced by pop-punk / punk rock bands like Green Day, Blink-182, Sum 41 and Fallout Boy. However, as the line up has changed, we've begun to lean into the more indie, pop and alternative sides of rock. Our latest tunes can be described as indie rock / modern brit-pop earworms, perfect for live audiences. What you hear recorded is likely what you'll get on stage.

"Your nan would love us" - Luke Spencer, 2k21.

5. What have you released so far and what can someone expect from your works?

In 2019 we released an album called "Say What You Want" - a collection of re-recorded old tunes and some a few new tunes that we have been playing over the years since the band's formation. On the 3rd of December 2021 we released "Way Too Good For Me" - a return to being an active band on the scene after COVID. It was a clear evolution of the band’s DIY operation, with a bigger sound, catchy melody and better production. A great re- introduction and sign of what's to come in 2022. Most of the time, someone listening to our music can expect something Upbeat, Catchy, Energetic. However, we do also touch on subjects like mental health and societal pressures. 

6. Do you have any new music in the works?

Prior to (and during) the COVID lockdowns starting in 2020, we had recorded a number of tracks. The first of these to be released was "Way Too Good For Me". Our next tune, "Figure It Out", is being released everywhere 25th March 2022. From there we plan to release new singles over the course of 2022 to 2023.

7. How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out?

We're still getting our name back out on the live scene, so no tours planned for the time being. That being said, we've got shows lined up in Leicester (next up - 26th March @ The Soundhouse), and are scheduling more shows and festivals across the UK. Follow us on socials to keep an eye out for new shows we get booked on. 

8. What plans do you have for the future as a band?

We're a DIY band through and through, and we love to create stuff - so that's what we plan to do. Make the best music, visuals, videos, shows we can possibly make, and have fun doing it. On top of that we to aim to bring more and more people along for the ride with every song we release and every gig we play. 

9. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?

Our music is available on all the usual streaming platforms/digital download stores. You can access the links here: https://vibe.to/herburden.

We also have a bandcamp page where people can listen and download our newer music: https://herburden.bandcamp.com/releases. Keep an eye out on our socials as we plan to release new merch, physical releases and more.

10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

One of the band members has "Fajitas & Margaritas" tattooed on their arm.

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