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Interview: Burdens Within

Taking influence from 90’s grunge, classic rock, and metal, Burdens Within formed in 2010 when bassist Ryan Kline and guitarist Mike Riley’s previous bands came to an end.

So, who are you?

Ryan Kline, bassist of Burdens Within.

Where are you from?

We are located close to Indianapolis. We all come from small towns in Indiana.

How long have you been together?

About two years with the current line-up.

How long have you been playing music?

Most of us have been playing music for our whole adult lives and some of us in our younger years as well.

Why should people listen to your band?

If you enjoy 90’s grunge rock, classic rock, or metal you should enjoy our music. We infuse all of these elements together to make Burdens Within. We also try to write lyrics with a message. It’s about everyday life and the burdens people carry within their hearts and souls. Life isn’t always beautiful but if you look hard enough there is always a positive to a negative. We try to portray that in our songs.

What is your ideal touring line-up?

How about Burdens Within first, Gemini Syndrome second and Tool closing it out?

What does music mean to you?

Music means everything to me. Without it, life would be a mistake. It’s an outlet to say all the things I want to say musically and lyrically and a way to get people to listen.

What was the first record you bought when you were younger?

I think it was Nirvana’s Nevermind.

What artists first inspired you to start playing music?

Probably The Beatles. My dad played them all the time and I grew up listening to them.

What’s the most aesthetically pleasing album cover that you have in your collection?

Led Zeppelin’s Houses of the Holy.

What kind of movie genre do you think your music would best be the soundtrack for?

Action-drama with a dash of horror.

Recommend us a record, a book, and a movie…

I recommend Gemini Syndrome’s Lux for a record, Stephen King’s IT for a book and Edge of Tomorrow for a movie.

Any last words for the readers of Highwire Magazine?

I just encourage you to go out to your local bars and venues and find great music. There are so many great unheard bands out there. It’s time for them to get noticed. Also, go check out our debut self-titled album – available now.

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