words by Black Bubblegum, photos by Justina Villanueva
Karma to Burn is a desert rock/psychedelic rock band from Morgantown, West Virginia comprising guitarist William Mecum, bassist Rich Mullins and drummer Nathan Limbaugh (later to be replaced by Rob Oswald for Wild, Wonderful Purgatory). The band were noted for their uncompromising instrumental sound, echoing that of such desert rock bands as Kyuss and the Obsessed, although the band's preferred genre is "malternative". The band unofficially disbanded sometime in mid-2002, when bassist Rich Mullins joined Speedealer. Currently, Mullins is playing in the Los Angeles based band Year Long Disaster, Oswald is playing drums in Nebula, and Will Mecum is playing guitar for Treasure Cat. -[Wiki]Karma to Burn played their first NYC show, since reuniting earlier this year, at Lit Lounge on April 20th. They were joined by Mabus, and the awesome Tiger Flowers. I unfortunately got to the show moments before Karma To Burn, missing both openers, but I am a fan of Tiger Flowers' discordant take on hardcore.
The threesome blasted through their numbered setlist (all of their "number" songs, that is), concentrating on later, post-Roadrunner/post-vocalist material. These guys definitely still have it, and I assume that if they had some more lead-time and some PR, these boys would have (and should have) been playing a venue twice the size (not that I'm complaining.... just meant a more concentrated dose of stoner-y metal for those of us in attendance). Hopefully they'll come back again. In the meantime, Karma To Burn have a couple dates on the West Coast, including one with Year Long Disaster, before they hit Europe in June and part of July.
All tour dates and more pictures from the show, below...
Karma to Burn...
KARMA TO BURN - 2009 TOUR DATES
May 14 2009 Detroit Bar - w/ Helmet Costa Mesa, California
May 21 2009 The Knitting Factory w/ Year Long Disaster Los Angeles, California
Jun 1 2009 DUNA JAM Sardinia
Jun 9 2009 Schlachtoff Wiesbaden
Jun 10 2009 Substage Karlsruhe
Jun 11 2009 Underground Koln
Jun 12 2009 Noveau Casino Paris
Jun 14 2009 Download Festival w/ ZZ Top, Def Leppard, Faith No More Donnington
Jun 16 2009 The Camden Underworld London
Jun 17 2009 Atak Enschede
Jun 18 2009 013 Tilburg
Jun 19 2009 HELLFEST w/ Heaven and Hell, Down etc etc etc Clisson
Jun 20 2009 Biribay Jazz Club Logrono
Jun 21 2009 Porto Rio Porto
Jun 27 2009 CCM John Lenon Limoges
Jun 28 2009 Graspop Metal Meeting w/ Trivium and Lamb Of God Dessel
Jun 29 2009 Rosenkeller Jena
Jun 30 2009 Landespavillion Stuttgart
Jul 1 2009 Gaswerk Winterthur
Jul 3 2009 Hana Bi Marina di Ravenna
Jul 4 2009 An Club w/ Brotherhood Of Sleep and Bull Doza Athens
Jul 6 2009 Wild At Heart Berlin
Jul 7 2009 Molotow Hamburg
Jul 9 2009 Sojo Leuven
Jul 10 2009 Stoned From The Underground Festival Erfurt
Jul 11 2009 Groovestation Dresden