Sounds of Garbage: The Burning Hell heads into a dystopian future for their latest album

The Burning Hell features Ariel Sharratt, Mathias Kom and Jake Nicoll. (Graeme Patterson)

While Burning Hell probably wouldn’t appreciate you calling their latest album trash, the trash is front and center.

The band’s latest album – written, produced and mixed entirely by the musical trio of Ariel Sharratt, Mathias Kom and Jake Nicoll – explores the effects of climate change and what happens when people tune in through dark times.

“It’s definitely a pandemic album,” Sharratt told CBC News with a laugh Thursday. “A lot of songs are kind of set in the near, vague future. It’s a future that I think is maybe a manifestation of all of our current anxieties about what the next five minutes will be like, the five next few years, whatever.”

Garbage was a key part of both the concept and recording of the record, Kom said, with part of the record being inspired by the Pacific Garbage Patch, a spiraling collection of trash found in the Pacific Ocean. North.

The band used plastic bottles, metal sheets and other trash to further the album’s narrative, highlighted on tracks like Queen of Garbage Island Birds.

LISTEN | The Burning Hell chats with CBC’s Melissa Tobin about their latest album, Garbage Island:

AM weekend23:37First listen: The Burning Hell sings about the dystopian world of Garbage Island

Ariel Sharratt and Mathias Kom, founding members of The Burning Hell, flex their tinkering muscles on their latest album, Garbage Island, which explores climate change and what happens when people tune in through dark times.

“I started thinking about what would happen in the future if these swirls of garbage somehow coalesced into solid masses of land. Maybe that’s where the future inhabitants will have to live, on these islands of ‘garbage,’ he said.

“As the album progressed towards Garbage Island, we wanted to incorporate more and more real trash into the songs themselves.”

But while the album covers themes of pandemic life, a crumbling dystopia and the end of the world, the band say it also brings a hint of resolution and adds to their discography as one of their funniest rides yet.

“I think that sense of fun — or so I hope — comes through in the recordings themselves. I think you can tell we had a great time making it,” Kom said.

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