The library is now open to the public!

Today’s the day, gentlepeople: our seventh album Public Library is hereby officially released into the wild, like an endangered slow loris in a breeding program (no tickling).

You can listen to the album here, and should you choose to buy it in digital or physical form you can stay right there and do just that.

If you live in the UK or Europe, you can also order the LP or CD version from BB*Island. If you live in North America, you can order it through Headless Owl, who are also offering a special bundle package of Public Library and Don’t Believe The Hyperreal on LP plus a limited edition 7″ of “Men Without Hats” backed with our cover of the Men Without Hats song “Pop Goes The World.”

We hope you enjoy listening to the album even half as much as we enjoyed making it!

Vinyl Art

New 7″ on the way – here’s a first listen!

7%22 Cover for web

Just in time for our Public Library release tour we’ll be teaming up very soon with Headless Owl to release a new 7″ featuring our song “Men Without Hats,” inspired by Mathias’ love of that great Canadian new wave band and their formative impact on his brain parts. On the other side, appropriately enough, is our cover of the classic MWOH tune Pop Goes The World. Have a listen to Men Without Hats here.

Girls + Rock + Skateboarding + Us

There’s a great new organization in St. John’s, Newfoundland called Girls Rock NL modelled after the Girls Rock Camp that started in Portland nearly 10 years ago. The idea is to help empower girls and women through music education, and the first Newfoundland camp will take place this summer.

As part of the fundraising effort, Girls Rock NL is hosting an auction, simultaneously online and off, and we’ve teamed up with graphic designer extraordinaire Jud Haynes to donate this one of a kind skate deck based on his artwork for our upcoming album Public Library:

Mathias & DeckI

If you want this for your very own, you can bid online HERE until Friday, March 4 at 7:00pm (Newfoundland time). You’ll be supporting a great cause and you might just become the owner of the coolest skateboard on planet Earth.*

*Coolness is not guaranteed, but very likely.


Public Library!

Huzzah! Our new album “Public Library” is being released on April 1, 2016 via BB*Island in Europe and Headless Owl in Canada. That beautiful album cover is by the amazing Jud Haynes. The seventh Burning Hell album is a collection of eight short stories drawn from different sections of the bookshelf of the brain. A murder mystery rubs shoulders with a biography, while a romance leans against a prison diary. There’s a killer priest, a nameless band lost in Yorkshire, and Elvis and Michael Jackson moonwalking their way into space and/or global annihilation. The words have never been wordier, the stories never stranger, and the band never louder, but the essence of The Burning Hell remains: life is not so bad, as long as you can laugh a bit and you have something decent to read. We’ll be hitting the road to play these new songs for you in April, May, and June first in Europe and the UK, then in Canada (Western Hemisphere dates coming soon). Thanks to Flux FM, Byte FM, Popfrontal and taz – die tageszeitung for presenting the tour. Below is a mostly-complete list of the gigs on the first leg of the tour, but stay tuned for more ticket links and more dates. If you’d like to contact our booking agent, he’s at sebastian (at) In the meantime, perhaps your early summer could use a little Burning Hell? Maybe you should make a plan with your friends and family to come and see us – take a relaxing musical vacation! We hope to see you soon.

29.04. Kiel DE – Hansa 48
30.04. Aalborg DK – Studenterhuset – Tickets
01.05. Bremen DE – Spedition
02.05. Hamburg DE – Astra-Stube – Tickets
03.05. Heidelberg DE – Karlstorbahnhof – Tickets
04.05. Saarbrücken DE – Sparte 4
05.05. Freiburg DE – Swamp
06.05. St. Gallen CH – Palace
07.05. Diksmuide BE (w/ de Portables) – 4AD – Tickets
09.05. Galway IR – Roisin Dubh – Tickets
10.05. Dublin IR – Whelan’s
11.05. Clonakilty IR – De Barra’s – Tickets
12.05. Bristol UK (w/ My Name Is Ian & Quiet Marauder) – Start The Bus – Tickets
13.05. Cardiff UK (w/ Simon Love & The Old Romantics) – Clwb For Bach – Tickets
14.05. Salford UK – Eagle Inn – Tickets
16.05. Halifax UK – Arden Road Social Club – Tickets
17.05. York UK – The Crescent – Tickets
18.05. Aberdeen UK – The Lemon Tree – Tickets
19.05. Elgin UK – The Drouthy Cobbler – Tickets
20.05. Glasgow UK – The Hug & Pint – Tickets
21.05. Mickleton (Durham) UK – Village Hall – Tickets
22.05. Nottingham UK (w/ Prizefighter & Alex Hale) – Spanky van Dykes – Tickets
24.05. London UK – Oslo Hackney (w/ Laish) – Tickets
25.05. Brighton UK – The Hope & Ruin (w/ Octopuses & Capt Lovelace) – Tickets
26.05. Margate UK – Tom Thumb Theatre – Tickets
27.05. Paris FR – Divan du Monde (w/ Stanley Brinks, Freschard & more)
30.05. Aarau CH – Tuchlaube
31.05. München DE – Milla – Tickets
01.06. Rosenheim DE – Hang Loose Bar (presented by Bebop Schallplatten)
02.06. Wien AT – Haus der Musik – Tickets
03.06. Nürnberg DE – Hemdendienst
06.06. Groningen NL – Vera
07.06. Hannover DE – Cafe Glocksee
08.06. Berlin DE – Schokoladen
09.06. Berlin DE – Schokoladen
11.06. Hardegsen DE – Burg Haderg – Info

Hello Future.

image.jpgWhile 2015 was extremely disappointing in terms of crucial Back To The Future II-related predictions failing to materialize, it was certainly action-packed in the world of The Burning Hell. In the spirit of creating even more list-related content to throw into the gaping void of the Internet, please scroll down for an assortment of top-five lists. First, here is a more detailed recap of some of our highlights:

Ariel and Mathias discovered northern Europe’s best winter festival way back in January when they played the Northern Winter Beat Festival in Aalborg, Denmark. Tak!

After the debacle of trying and failing to get back to St. John’s for Lawnya Vawnya in 2014, The Burning Hell finally made it to Newfoundland’s nicest (we’re biased) music festival in April. They originally booked us to be the backing band for Vish Khanna’s talk show, but once we got there the organizers announced a secret surprise gig at the Masonic Temple, which became one of our favourite sets of the year.

We released our live album Live Animals in the spring, and to celebrate we went on tour throughout Europe and the UK, playing some of our favourite spots and discovering plenty of new ones too, including the Glastonbury Festival. We arrived at 5:00am, watching the sun half-rise in the freezing dawn of a large metal cage called the “Artist Holding Area” and eventually made it through a delirious and surprisingly crowded morning set at William’s Green, followed by a brief nap amidst dancing pagans, and then culminating with a final gig at the Crow’s Nest, looking out over a valley filled what seemed like a million twirling hippies, the setting sun sparkling in their silver-beaded hair-wraps.

Just before our Glasto initiation, we holed up in the Cinque Port of Ramsgate at Big Jelly Studios where Al Harle helped us make a new and very loud record called Public Library, which you’ll get to hear on April Fool’s Day 2016. It contains a song written in the studio about another part of our summer adventure when our van broke down for the final time and we were rescued by a mysterious mechanic from Yorkshire, who drove us all the way to Scotland so we could play our gig.

Public Library also contains version #2 of “Fuck The Government, I Love You” — a song we liked so much we recorded it twice. The first version appears on Don’t Believe The Hyperreal , an album of duets that Ariel and Mathias released and toured this fall.

I’m writing this late in the evening of December 30, while watching the notice-board in the Charlottetown airport, which tells me that our flight to Newfoundland via Halifax is delayed. This is concerning because we’ve already been delayed for 24 hours, and we’re supposed to finish 2015 on the venerable stage of The Ship in St. John’s. Will we make it? Or will we be stuck in the departures lounge instead, eating old Thrills gum from the nickel vending machine as we limp weeping into the new year?* Well, to quote Forrest Gump, life is like a box of chocolates: you never know what you’re going to get. Likely, however, you will get chocolate. Because it is a box of chocolates.

OK here are some lists. I have been told that lists generate clicks, and clicks are what you want. In the old days you wanted props, hugs, gold stars, or the respect and admiration of your peers. These days it’s clicks.

Top Five Favourite Gigs:

  1. London, Sebright Arms, June 19.
  2. Aalborg, Northern Winter Beat, January 30.
  3. Glastonbury, June 26.
  4. Berlin, Kantine am Berghain, December 19.
  5. St. John’s, Lawnya Vawnya V, April 26


Top Five Questionable Decisions:

  1. Mathias growing his hair long.
  2. Taking an antique VW van on tour.
  3. Ariel and Mathias moving to the middle of nowhere to fix a crumbling farmhouse.
  4. Attempting to get radio play with a song called “Fuck The Government, I Love You.”
  5. Pop Montreal.

Top five Albums Made By Friends in the Western Hemisphere:

  1. Steven Lambke, Days of Heaven
  2. Ilia Nicoll, I In Team
  3. Blimp Rock, Sophomore Slump
  4. Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts, Manhattan
  5. Michael Feuerstack, The Forgettable Truth 

Top Five Albums Made By Friends in the Eastern Hemisphere:

  1. Fenster, Emocean
  2. Susie Asado, State of Undress
  3. Stanley Brinks, Robotika
  4. Stanley Brinks, Strikes
  5. Mykey, Oh Rabbit Heart

Top Five Drunk Audience Members:

  1. Happy, shouting ginger man with eyes closed – Long Division Festival.
  2. Large Danish men outside Studenterhuset – Northern Winter Beat.
  3. Couple making out during most of the show right in front of the stage – London.
  4. Eccentric friend who knows all the words, sort of – Hamburg.
  5. Bearded Wiccan in UGG boots – Crow’s Nest, Glastonbury.

Top Five Bands & Artists We Saw Live For The First Time in 2015:

  1. Adrian Teacher & The Subs
  2. Les Hay Babies
  3. Orchestre Tout Puissant Marcel Duchamp
  4. The Holy Gasp
  5. Bruce Cockburn

Top Five Predictions for The Burning Hell in 2016:

  1. We will have a very good time at both In The Dead Of Winter and Shivering Songs, despite the fact that it will be January in the Maritimes.
  2. Ariel will develop the most complicated tech set-up of anyone in the band when she unveils her new Clarinet Rig on the Public Library tour.
  3. We will record a new album in the fall, somewhere in rural Yucatán.
  4. We will tour in Ireland for the first time with the whole band; at some point before soundcheck in Galway, Darren will announce that he is relocating to Connemara to distill whiskey and learn new mandolin tunes.
  5. Mathias will cut his hair.


*We made it.

Off to the rodeo!

Hello, Internet. What are you up to? Ariel and Mathias are busy getting ready for their relatively imminent departure to the wintry wonderlands of Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Belgium, and the U.K. They’ll be touring in support of their debut duo album, “Don’t Believe The Hyperreal”, along with their tour-mates, the fantastic band* Susie Asado. More info and ticket links are available here.


*ok, we’re biased, and Ariel is in Susie Asado too, but they really ARE objectively fantastic.