Lifes Little Surprises
The Burning Sensations are a tongue-in-cheek college band from Ithaca, NY. The original group formed in 2002 and consisted of Joel Baines (from Austin, Texas) on drums, Dexter Kozen (from Northern Maine) on Guitar, Evan Variano (Ithaca, NY) on guitar, Pip Beard (Sydney, Australia) on Bass, and Roisin Owens (Dublin, Ireland) on keyboards and vocals. They played a wide variety of covers (with a repertoire of over 70 songs!) in numerous venues for a year or so. Evan had to leave because of other commitments and Joel then took over on rhythm guitar as Ricardo Irizarry (San Juan, Puerto Rico) took the drummer's throne. The new members then began writing songs and performing the original material in bars in the Ithaca area. The positive responses to the new songs inspired the band to make this EP of 5 original tunes. The music was heavily influenced by the songs that they covered previously including tunes by REM, the Beatles, the B52's, Pearl Jam, U2, 3 Doors Down, the Smashing Pumpkins, Cold Play etc. The original songs cover an odd array of topics from self absorbed significant others, relationships gone away, missing special friends/lovers, and Psychic Friends having doubts. The music is decidedly Pop-like with a Rocky edge, and boasts catchy lead melodies sung by both male (Joel) and female (Roisin) vocalists. The lyrics also come from both female and male perspectives. Soon after recording, Pip moved to London, UK for other projects, moving Joel to Bass just as Phil Meltzer joined as a second guitarist. The band has been featured on local radio and at the locally famous Ithaca festival to great enthusiasm. Take a listen!