By ZL Boudreaux
Last Friday saw the release party for Lafayette band Burris’ debut album. The album Meant to Be was free to anyone coming into the Spanish Moon that night and the evening also featured Denton Hatcher and Less Talking.
The album twists and turns with every track, sometimes sounding like a pop-ish Sublime, sometimes invoking elements of jazz and the blues. The size of the band, seven members, can be heard in the fullness of their sound.
“The cool thing about this group, and we found this out on tour, is we listen to such diverse and unique music, it’s the craziest mixtape when we’re traveling. That’s what makes our sound,” said Kevin Mcmann, saxophone. “Bob’s really deep into funk, Chris is deep into singer/songwriter stuff, the Russian is really into 70’s and 80’s art-rock, the drummers are into weird stuff.”
The Russian he refers to is Anton Zholondz, who plays an electric violin and lists one of the instruments he plays on the album jacket as Vodka. When asked about this he said, “You can’t hear it, but you feel it.”
Founded by Chris Hochkeppel, vocals and guitar, he says the songwriting evolves just as the band has over time.
“There’s one song, “Hurts,” that has kind of a country twang to it. I didn’t intend for that but once the bass and drums came in and we had a fiddle solo that’s just how it ended up,” said Hochkeppel.
“Everybody’s got a particular idea about how they want a song to go when they bring it to the band,” said Ben Herrington, keyboard. “They have a general idea, but when they bring it to the rest of the band, everyone’s going to put their little spin on it and as such these seven personalities and musical outlooks make these personal and unique songs.”
According to Matt Murray, auxiliary percussionist, it’s all about having fun making music.
“Me or Chris would pick the other up from our apartment, Chipotle burrito in hand, make the trip down to New Orleans, busk in the street and make enough for gas, alcohol,
and food and just have a good time,” said Murray.
Missed the album party? You can download the album’s first single “Come to Me” at burris.bandcamp.com/releases.