| What started as a way of whiling away the weekend, quickly turned into a full five-piece band as original duo, Danny and Rod, recruited the rest of the group and began a series of sporadic gigs. Battle of the Bands competitions in Blackburn evolved into a series of gigs out of town, one of which at Manchester's Night and Day Café was witnessed by a certain Badly Drawn Boy, so impressed that he offered the band use of his Manchester studio. Even then, the recordings were just rough sketches and early indications of how the band might one day sound. Yet they were good enough to win over Hut Records boss David Boyd who, upon hearing the demos being played in a Soho clothes shop, arranged a trip to The Burn's half-derelict rehearsal room and promptly signed the band before most had even heard of them. |
The year that has followed is one that has seen The Burn constantly developing and writing the songs that make up 'Sally O'Mattress', the band's debut album. The Burn continued to gig away from the limelight, attracting an ever increasing group of fans who were all up for joining the party. Amongst that group of fans were the likes of Oasis, Ian Brown and Paul Weller who extended personal invites to the band to join them on tour and The Burn found themselves playing in front of thousands of people at the Royal Albert Hall, Shepherds Bush Empire, Manchester Apollo and Glasgow Barrowlands. And at the same time, a group of similarly young northern bands has emerged that has led to euphoric shows with The Coral, The Music, South and Haven plus special one off events in inner city warehouses in Salford and London.
In spring 2002, the band went into The Chapel, Lincolnshire to record their debut album with Hugh Jones as their producer. Over the course of the summer, the rough demos were transformed into a stunning piece of work that drags the spirit of Bluegrass, Leadbelly and Arthur Lee through the Summer of Love, via North West England and right into 2003.