A Weight Off Your Shoulders

By Cherelle Evelyn on June 25 2014

THERE’S NO SUCH
THING AS HALF WAY
WHEN IT COMES TO
MUSIC FOR MEMBERS
OF THE BURDEN.

 PHOTO CREDITS: Christos Sargiogos

“I had a pretty rocky childhood, I had a lot of problems,” said vocalist Cole Franz. “I didn’t go to school very much, I hung out with the wrong people and music is what kept me out of trouble.” In guitarist and singer Jake Olexyn, Cole has found a kindred spirit. The two realized they had a musical connection when playing together in a previous band and when that group disintegrated, Cole and Jake were tighter than ever. “As our old band grew apart and discovered their niches were different, we found ours were still the same and we never looked back,” said Jake. The path that The Burden has chosen isn’t an easy one. In addition to being full-time musicians, the duo also wants to make music that makes a difference. “I want to help people who’ve gone through a lot of the same things as me and I want to inspire kids to actually follow their dream,” said Cole.

Everyone has an album they turn to for inspiration, said Jake and Underoath’s They’re Only Chasing Safety has played a major role for both him and Cole in the past decade since its release. Making music isn’t only therapeutic for the listening audience; it’s also a release for the musicians. “You don’t lie when you write music – it’s pure emotion,” said Cole. ”It’s 100 per cent honest, 100 per cent you.” “Every hit on the drum, every chord on the guitar I find just translates a part of you into the music. It lives on forever,” Jake agreed. This summer, The Burden plan to spend the summer writing and tightening up their material to get it ready for recording and eventual release. They’ve already released a two-song demo on BandCamp, which they said is generating a lot of positive feedback. Get the link to the music as well as keep up with The Burden on their Facebook page (Facebook.com/TheBurdenBand).

CHARELLE EVELYN

REPORTER FOR THE PRINCE GEORGE CITIZEN

Journalist, west coast native, music lover. Made in Canada.

Website: pgcitizen.ca

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