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The Burning Hell

Mathias Kom photographed by Angus Rowe MacPherson
Background information
Origin Peterborough, Ontario
Genres Indie rock
Folk Rock
Years active 200?-present
Labels (weewerk), Rough Trade
Associated acts Jenny Omnichord, The Staveley Project, Weird Weather, Rockenspiel, Black Molly, The Magic, Construction & Destruction, Spring Breakup, Kim Barlow, The Barmitzvah Brothers
Mathias Kom

Jill Staveley
Mike Duguay
Jenny Gleeson
Darcy McCord
Adam DeMarsh
Steve McNabb
Nick Ferrio
Jenny Mitchell
Dave Hartley
Geordie Gordon
Alison Corbett

Notable instruments
ukulele, omnichord, banjolele, trumpet, violin, cello, glockenspiel, accordion

The Burning Hell is a Canadian indie rock band led by Mathias Kom. The band fluctuates between Kom himself and a rotating cast of up to fourteen other musicians. They are signed to the Toronto based weewerk label[1] and distributed by Outside Music in Canada and Rough Trade Records in Germany and Austria. Both their second and third albums, Happy Birthday and Baby, were produced by Andy Magoffin at House of Miracles in London, Ontario.

Known for their strong live show[2] and literate and humorous lyrics[3], Kom has been described by The Globe and Mail as Canada's "Randy Newman and Cole Porter rolled into one, with one eye on the coming apocalypse and another on the neck of his ukulele."[4]

Frequent subject matter includes death, aging, children, dancing, things and conferences. Two songs are named after The Berlin Conference and the Bretton Woods monetary and financial conference. The band also has a song about frequent tour mate Wax Mannequin.

The Burning Hell were a finalist at the 2009 CBC Radio 3 Bucky Awards for Best Lyrics.





  • Tick Tock (2006) CD
  • Happy Birthday (2008) CD
  • Baby (2009) LP/CD

Singles and EPs

  • "The Burning Hell and Construction & Destruction" (2009) split 7" with Construction & Destruction
  • "Grave Situation Part One" (2008) split 7" with Jenny Omnichord


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