Mission of Burma
Signals, Calls, and Marches


4.5
superb

Review

by Eli Schoop USER (20 Reviews)
February 15th, 2012 | 101 replies


Release Date: 1981 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Seemingly mild-mannered Boston kids release a genre-definer.

Signals, Calls, and Marches is the first EP by Boston-based band Mission of Burma, released in 1981. Mission of Burma on this record consisted of Roger Miller, Clint Conley, Peter Prescott, and Martin Swope. Many music enthusiasts have a fondness for Signals, Calls, and Marches, even without an appreciation for punk. The Bostonian band perfected a blend of catchy hooks and a devil-may-care attitude on this EP and won over scores of punks and non-punks with such classics as "Academy Fight Song" and "That's When I Reach For My Revolver". Mission of Burma's ascent of the post-punk scene was only beginning. The inventive style of the band easily translated into their live performances, as all 4 members sang and unleashed boundless energy, resulting in some of the most heralded shows of the 80s.

Unfortunately for Mission of Burma, the accessibility of Signals, Calls, and Marches led casual fans to believe the EP's immensely listenable brand of post-punk would produce an equally as accessible LP were sorely disappointed. Their next album, Vs., was a more aggressive, fast-paced effort that turned off as many casual listeners as it turned on more hardcore punks. The result was a deeper respect in the punk underground but a lack of mainstream recognition, unlike post-punk bands such as Joy Division and The Cure, who led the post-punk banner with a less forceful approach to the genre. A shame really, as Mission of Burma's legendary first EP led the wave of post-punk with gusto, rapier wit, and sensational energy that few bands could match at the time. A classic.

Key Tracks
Academy Fight Song
That's When I Reach For My Revolver
All World Cowboy Romance
Max Ernst



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sportsboy
February 15th 2012


677 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

review is butts, advice needed

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jlech
February 15th 2012


127 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I would work on revising some of the sentence structure.



for example:



"Signals, Calls, and Marches is the first EP by Boston-based band Mission of Burma, released in 1981. "



could be



In 1981, Boston-based Mission of Burma released their debut EP: Signals, Calls, and Marches.



There are others as well, but I think you've got the basic start.



Personally I would like to hear more about the technical side of the EP.



Great band and album though

wabbit
February 15th 2012


7058 Comments


vs. is better


but this is about as punk as fuck as you can get.

macman76
Staff Reviewer
February 15th 2012


1832 Comments


The opening track is awesome

iambandersnatch
February 15th 2012


1748 Comments


my mission of burma would be to bang sunny leone. at least i think she's indian. that's probably racist. i'll leave now.

porch
February 15th 2012


8460 Comments


props for reviewing this, about time it got one


WeepingBanana
February 15th 2012


10464 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah seriously album rules. you might want to consider beefing this review up more though

sportsboy
February 15th 2012


677 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

first review is always shitty, i'll get the hang of this "writing" thing

thanks boys

tom79
February 16th 2012


3579 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It took me reading "Our Band Could Be Your Life' to finally check this band out and I don't why I didn't get around to listening to them earlier because they're awesome. I think I prefer this to Vs, but maybe that's because I haven't given that one enough time to grow on me yet.

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jefflebowski
February 16th 2012


8546 Comments


'Our Band...' is a fucking great book, one of my all time favorites.

Album's great too, though i always preferred ONoffON and Vs

BaseballJames
March 1st 2012


389 Comments


Not bad, but it would've been better if you talked about the music.

YankeeDudel
March 2nd 2013


9342 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ROOLS

WeepingBanana
May 28th 2013


10464 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i had a dream last night and That's When I Reach For My Revolver was in it

Cygnatti
May 28th 2013


31801 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is so much fucking better than vs., imo

KILL
July 7th 2013


80846 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

completely rules

Psobesri
July 7th 2013


291 Comments


but dude this came out in 2012!

Psobesri
July 7th 2013


291 Comments


oh shit nvm im a tard

KILL
July 7th 2013


80846 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

dude you are insane

Psobesri
July 7th 2013


291 Comments


sweet mercyful fate quote dude

KILL
July 7th 2013


80846 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yea check this



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