Burial Park a hard rock band from New York formed in 2008. The band is composed vocalist Rich Rampage, guitarist Giorgio LaCorte, guitarist John Keane, bassist Jesse Colliton and drummer Dave Colliton.
Burial Park is known for their complex compositions, eclectic harmony and whimsical lyrics. Burial Park started performing at local venues in 2010 amongst many benefit shows in support of Alzheimer’s, cancer and Down syndrome. They moved up to headline their first big sold-out show at The Studio at Webster Hall Studio in NYC. Later that year, B.P. entered a Battle of the Bands contest for a chance to play at the Mayhem Festival, coming in at 2nd place. “We haven’t come this far for us to be let down” is the motto of Burial Park; also known as the lyrics from their song “Unlovely”. From their continuous hard work and success, Burial Park was offered to play numerous shows at Starland Ballroom in NJ, sharing the stage with national bands such as D.R.I. and Powerman 5000.
In June 2013, B.P. released a three song EP as a preview of their twelve-song album. Burial Park’s released their self-titled debut album July 27th, 2013 following a concert at Santos Party House in NYC with metal band Straight Line Stitch on the same day. In 2017 Burial Park is now signed by Beat Author Records with another full album in production.
Burial Park: all it takes is just one listen…
Burial Park: Giorgio LaCorte – Lead Guitar
Jesse Colliton – Bass
David Colliton – Drums
John Keane – Rhythm Guitar
Rich Rampage – Song Writer/Vocalist
London Prestige: What is your music background? Do you write your own songs?
Burial Park- Rich had some theatre training as a kid but dropped it all when he join his first Rock band when he was 15. We are all pretty much self taught musicians. Giorgio writes the music and Rich writes the lyrics. Our original lyrics and sound are inspired by our life experiences as well as the changing world around us. We are also inspired by the greatest musicians that we listen to, they’ve paved the way for our unique sound.
London Prestige: How important is image?
Image is very important to us. We want to make sure we show the world who we really are. We didn’t want to sign a deal where the label controlled who we are and our label Beat Author Records didn’t want to take that away from us and is doing a great job in helping us replicate that to our fans.
London Prestige: What image do you think your music conveys?
It is very important to us to let everyone in the world know to always be yourself no matter what anyone might think of you. This world has so many amazing people in it so to be different is ok. Never try to be something you’re not to please other people. Our unique qualities got us to where we are today and we wouldn’t change us for the world.
London Prestige: Describe your style.
We are a hard rock/metal band that mixes catchy heavy guitar riffs with emotionally driven lyrics. Distorted, clean, sung or screamed, We make music that satisfies our passion for our art and hope to translate and connect with our audience. We love to be ourselves and we definitely portray that in our music.
London Prestige: What are you currently working on?
Burial Park- Currently, we are in the process of writing and recording our first full length album under the Beat Author Record label. Our first single Horror Heart was just released on November 11, 2017 under Beat Author Records. Our second single “The Phantom” is set to be released on December 16, 2017 in time for our next show at the Blue Room in Secaucus, NJ for Toys For Tots charity event held by Tim McMurtrie’s Tripsquad Productions.
London Prestige: What skills/personal attributes are most important to being successful?
What we’ve learned through our time working with music is to stay humble and keep putting out music that moves you. This business can be harsh and we always want to stay true to ourselves and who we are.
London Prestige: Which musicians have you learned from?
We’re influenced by all musical genres. From classic rock, heavy metal to pop, hip hop, and raggae. It’s a love for all music. We are all self taught but learned by listening to Dan Jacobs, Mark Tremonti, Matt Skiba, Neil Peart, Danny Carey, The Rev aka Avenged Sevenfold, Phil Colins, Sting, and Bruce Hornsby to Corey Talyor, Dave Groul, and Claudio Sanchez.
London Prestige: Do you perform in public? Describe those occasions? Concerts, radio, TV?
We have played in New York City headlining Webster Hall, we released our first self titled album at Santos Party House, Bowery Ballroom and the Gramercy Theater. We have played in New Jersey at Starland Ballroom opening up for Powerman 5000, DRI and also played for battle of the bands. Our most recent show was at the Beat Author Concert at the Blue Room in Secaucus, NJ.
London Prestige: Have you been in competitions? Any prizes?
We played in the Battle Of The Bands in Starland Ballroom in New Jersey. Unfortunately we did not win. It was an amazing experience playing along side the other talented bands.
London Prestige: Which instruments do you play?
Dave used to play on pots and pans but then he bought a drum set.
Our equipment includes gear from ESP, Schecter, Gibson, Taylor, Paul Reed Smith and Yamaha drums.
London Prestige: Do you attend sessions? What makes a good session?
When we first met Beat Author they invited us to write and a record a song for thier EP. We happily accepted. From there on out we have continuously attended many sessions with them. A good session is when everyone is on the same page mentally and physically. Brian Cohen the owner of Beat Author Records always says “when you have a bunch of talented minds in the same room magic will happen”. Ever since we heard him say that we definitely believe it.
London Prestige: How often and for how long do you practice?
Our band has been together for 10 years so we all have a lot of time with each other and are very close. We Practice every week and also individually at home. When we have studio rehearsal we typically practice for a few hours at a time. We like to give Rich’s vocal cords a break every now and then although we would like to run him all day. lol
London Prestige: Who was your first teacher? Other teachers?
We have no formal music education but work together to create our original sound. We all feed off of each other. Our biggest teachers are bands we love and bands other musicians we have worked with. The learning never stops.
London Prestige: Do you teach music?
We are a self taught band and continue to grow but we do not teach music. There will always be something new to learn and that just comes with experience and working with other great musicians.
London Prestige: What other hobbies do you have?
Playing Football, baseball, Hockey, collecting vintage action figures and exploring the great outdoors.
London Prestige: What is your advice on touring?
Touring can be both enjoyable and tough on the home front. Our advise would be to make sure that your home life and tour life is always well balanced and that family is always our number one priority right next to our fans.
London Prestige: What are your long-term career goals?
We all want a long lasting career in the music industry. Our goal is to keep releasing music for our fans to enjoy while creating a great life for our families. Consistency is always key and with the help of our label Beat Author Records we will continue to provide music for the world to enjoy.
London Prestige: What are your fondest musical memories? In your house? In your neighborhood or town?
Our fondest memories are definitely performing for our fans. We work very hard to put together our songs so when we get the opportunity to play in front of all of our supporters it really is the most gratifying moments we have. We do also enjoy being together in the studio. We have a lot of fun doing what we do.
London Prestige: Is there a particular song or song that you have written that never fails to move you emotionally?
All of our songs move us emotionally. Our music comes from our emotions and experiences in our daily lives. Our upcoming album will consist of and emulate who we are personally and emotionally. We pride ouselves in staying true to who we are.
London Prestige: What’s next?
We’re excited to get into the with our audio engineer, Jonathan Comis (JMC Recordings). We can’t wait to lay down the ground work for this album !
Thank You for this opportunity. We all appreciate you guys over at London Prestige Magazine !!!!