Album News, Tour Dates — July 10, 2009 at 1:28 pm

New Mission of Burma album ‘The Sound The Speed The Light’ due in October

Mission of Burma / Fucked Up concert poster, via Matablog

Legendary postpunk act Mission of Burma will release its third post-reunion album, The Sound The Speed The Light, on Oct. 6, Matador Records revealed today.

The label made the announcement, and unveiled the record’s cover art, via a poster it posted on the Matablog this afternoon for the band’s Sunday gig in New York with labelmates Fucked Up. (And for fans of the latter act, the poster also makes note of a “compilation album” due Nov. 3.)

The band — which also is performing tonight in Northampton, Mass. — recorded the album in March, and although a tracklist has not yet been unveiled, possible song titles that have surfaced online, including on the band’s in-studio blog, are “Blunder,” “Good Cheer,” “Slow Faucet,” “Comes Undone,”, “Forget Yourself,” “After the Rain,” “Innermost,” “The Sound, The Speed, The Light,” “One Day We Will Live There” and “Monkey Boy.”

The band, which broke up in 1983 after releasing an EP and one album, reformed in 2002, and subsequently issued ONoffON in 2004 and The Obliterati in 2006. With the forthcoming release of The Sound The Speed The Light, Mission of Burma now is more prolific — and, arguably, better — in its latter career than in its initial go-around in the ’80s.

Mission of Burma tour dates:

July 10: Pearl Street, Northampton, MA
July 12: Williamsburg Waterfront, Brooklyn, NY

Video: Mission of Burma, “That’s When I Reach for My Revolver,” Solar1, NYC, 4/19/08

Mission of Burma | NYC @Solar1 | Apr 19 2008 | Revolver from UN:ART:IG on Vimeo.


  1. wildshovel

    A new Burma record!

    See? 2009 can’t be all bad…

  2. they were amazing in Northampton Friday night, small crowd of a few hundred max in the basement of Pearl Street. And getting to talk to Clint and Roger (also, J Mascis who I haven’t run into in years) just capped the whole thing for me

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