The Burning Hell is the alter-ego of Canadian songwriter Mathias Kom, and has been on the road in one form or another since 2007, playing everywhere from festivals to bars to living rooms – and once even a mental asylum in rural France. The band has garnered acclaim for their hyperactive live shows and their caustic yet sincere lyrics, believing as they do that songs about the inevitability of death can also be fun to dance to. On occasion, Mathias and clarinetist Ariel Sharratt also go on the road as a duo.
In 2012, The Burning Hell both made AND broke a record: the band recorded their sixth album ‘People’ in Berlin, then later in the summer, they set a new world record, playing ten shows in ten countries in less than 24 hours.
Like a restless puppy, the Burning Hell can’t sit still and loves to play. 2013 was packed with shows supporting the releases of ‘People’ and the 10″ EP “Old, New, Borrowed, Blue”, and 2014 is shaping up to be just as busy.
Freschard grew up in a farm in French Burgundy. She started organizing shows in the barn when she was about 12 years old. Aged 18 she moved to the big city, Paris, where she baked pies and cakes in a cafe. There, a local musician and regular customer called Andre Herman Dune wrote a few songs for her to sing. She called her first E.P. “Neon Orange”.
Homeless in Paris, she saved up just enough money to get herself a ticket to New York. There she found an old electric guitar and started writing her own material. She recorded her second e.p., “Shower Gel”, with Mike Gomez on lapsteel guitar. With AHD and G. Lucas Crane she also formed a band called Back Up, and worked on poetical noise music.
In 2004 she moved to Berlin, where she recorded her first LP, “Alien Duck”, with a mix of electronic and acoustic sounds. Her second album, “Click Click”, recorded in 2006, features a drummer (Leo Bear Creek), and electric guitars by Stanley Brinks. On her third album, “moonstone”, she plays the drums herself. She works as a sound engineer and records her friends’ music. She also has a Calypso cover band with Stanley Brinks, called Kreuzberg Museum.
The Burning Hell & Freschard LIVE
Wednesday, 10.09.2014 | 20:00 CET
Berghain Kantine | Am Wriezener Bahnhof | 10245 Berlin/Friedrichshain