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Massachusetts’ DON’T GROW OLD and Rhode Island’s BURR blend post hardcore, noise rock and doom metal on new split EP

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Nefarious Industries today issues the split 7” EP from New Bedford, Massachusetts’ DON’T GROW OLD and Providence, Rhode Island’s BURR. In addition to the record now being available to stream on all platforms, a live video of DON’T GROW OLD performing their songs from the split has been posted. Watch above.

DON’T GROW OLD’s songs were recorded and mixed by Clinton Lisboa at Railroad Park Recording Co. in Westport, Massachusetts, and BURR’s side of the split was recorded and mixed by Bradford Krieger at Big Nice Studio in Lincoln, Rhode Island. The material was mastered by Zach Weeks at GodCity Studio in Salem, Massachusetts (The Armed, Genghs Tron, Fuming Mouth), and the record is completed with photography and layout by William Contois. Don’t Grow Old // Burr is available in a limited run of 100 copies on random colored vinyl and digitally.

Stream and purchase the EP and watch DON’T GROW OLD’s “I Spoke So Loud the Mountain Shook” and “My Weathered Headstone” live at the Nefarious Industries landing page.

Watch for updates on both bands’ impending live plans, upcoming records, and more to post over the months ahead.

Noisy, brash, concise; DON’T GROW OLD strives to challenge listeners with the density of noise rock, the chaos of post-hardcore, and the brevity and intensity of screamo. Formed in late 2018 when Bill Contois (Lazertüth, Keefshovel) approached Joshua Lemaire (Tape Eater) at a Bangladeafy show, the two tapped drummer Mike Ashley (Ra Ra Riot, Blind Mice) and manifested a riff pile with M. Connor (Losst, California Smile, The Viennagram). In the subsequent months DON’T GROW OLD released their debut EP With The Rotation Of The Earth (2020, The Ghost Is Clear Records) and performed a string of regional shows just as the dark days of Covid loomed. Mid-pandemic, the band explored this dismal era’s ubiquitous feelings of depression, helplessness, anxiety, and existential dread, focusing them into two bleak new songs for a split 7” release with BURR.

DON'T GROW OLD by Christopher Rosonina
DON’T GROW OLD by Christopher Rosonina

Born from friendship, coffee, and long Providence Winters, instrumental metal band BURR’s sound is as colossal as it is melodic.

BURR blends the sheer wall of sonic force of traditional doom metal with spaced out soundscapes that take the listener on an intentional, punishing, meditative, and resolving journey track after track. Formed in 2017 by drummer Casey Belisle, guitarist Mike Dantowitz, and bassist Justin Enis, the group released their debut full-length Radial Alignment – recorded, mixed, and mastered at Big Nice Studio – in 2019, and played a series of shows in the Providence/New England area pre-pandemic.

BURR by Jessica Dantowitz
BURR by Jessica Dantowitz

As isolation, anxiety, fear, frustration, and anger have continued to build over the last couple of years, the trio have returned to Big Nice Studio to record sounds representing these feelings. This second stint in the studio yielded the 2020 single “Underdeveloped” and, with pace and aural endurance, BURR now presents its first physical record, manifested in the split 7” with DON’T GROW OLD. BURR is also excited to once again hit the studio in January 2022 to record their second album at Machines With Magnets.

Karol Kamiński

DIY rock music enthusiast and web-zine publisher from Warsaw, Poland. Supporting DIY ethics, local artists and promoting hardcore punk, rock, post rock and alternative music of all kinds via IDIOTEQ online channels.
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