The Burning Hell

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In 2007, Canadian songwriter Mathias Kom quit teaching history and started a band called The Burning Hell 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 his songs about seagulls, shopping malls, conferences, and the similarities between love and hurricanes. Over the next 10 years and almost as many albums, the line-up and sound of The Burning Hell have changed often, but the band has remained idiosyncratic and unclassifiable – much to the delight of those who love them. The constant has always remained Kom’s singular outlook on the world: wise and naïve, cynical and life-affirming, full of brilliant, unexpected narratives and a deeply felt generosity of spirit. The band’s live performances underscore these themes; they exhibit a joy and camaraderie too infrequently seen on stage. Indeed, the essence of the band is inclusive and celebratory; there’s something for everyone.