To explain what’s so special about this American rock trio to somebody who’s never heard of Karma To Burn before, you have to start by leaving aside some of the basic principles of that music and start with the group’s most obvious forte: their riff-driven, heavily grooving instrumental songs blend almost the entire history of rock music, from the late sixties with their euphoric atmosphere of departure to the present return to handmade, organic music which counteracts with passionate spiritedness the general trend towards cold digital sounds.
Even without vocals, Karma To Burn fascinate their listeners from the first to the very last note. "If you want to compose a song without vocals, you have to really concentrate on the continuous flow of the arrangements, after all we don’t have a singer to cover up any weak passages" explains guitarist William Mecum, who makes up Karma To Burn’s current line-up together with Evan Devine (drums) and new addition Eric von Clutter (bass). "An instrumental track has to be like a rollercoaster ride that takes its audience up and down the whole time to maintain the suspense and dynamics. It’s got to be able to impress all the way. More than twenty years ago, people told me that a purely instrumental band could never work in the long run." William Mecum recalls. "But Karma To Burn are like a boxer with a big heart, amazing stamina and a talent for getting back on his feet again and again."
Which is just as well, seeing that in this case there’s a mountain to be conquered.
[excerpt from K2B official website]
Will Mecum | guitar
Evan Devine | drums
Eric Clutter | bass