Burning Airlines - Mission Control LP - Orange Vinyl (/250), a photo by Tim PopKid on Flickr.
So this is going to be one of those reviews were I disclose information that makes most folks cringe. I was never into Jawbox. When I was a kid, they just didn't do anything for me, so I never picked up any of their records. When Burning Airlines came around, I honestly never really even listened to them, content to assume they probably just sounded like Jawbox. My life went on.
Having gotten married and been more exposed to my wife's taste in music, in particular her love for Shiner, I've come to realize that my taste in music has expanded as I've gotten older. When Arctic Rodeo announced these records coming out on vinyl for the first time, I decided to give this band another shot. I'm really glad I did.
Burning Airlines creates passionate, driving rock with super crunchy guitars and strong vocals & lyrics. I guess in my head I thought they were more shouty and not as melodic as they actually are. I still can't speak for Jawbox, but I have every intention of giving them another shot.
Arctic Rodeo did a great job with the vinyl version of this, especially as far as the artwork goes. The cover is thick paper and the little airplane logo thing in the middle is actually die cut out of the record, with the blue color being from the insert. Such an amazingly high quality job. The collector geek in me is a little regretful for not buying all 3 versions of the record as each of the colors are pretty great, but luckily for me, I did get the color that I wanted most. Oh and a hint, those in the US can get this from Dischord and save $$$ on overseas postage.
Burning Airlines - Wheaton Calling:
Burning Airlines - Escape Engine: