Mission of Burma's original go-'round was incredibly short; there exists only an EP and a full-length to show for the band's four-year run from 1979 to 1983, plus a 1985-release of live recordings from their farewell tour two years prior.
But, much like the icons in the Pixies (also Boston-bred) who followed them, Mission to Burma's legend only grew after its demise. Their 1982 full-length for boutique Boston label Ace of Hearts, Vs., remains a massively influential release, a blueprint of post-punk's earliest incarnation. Meanwhile, a track from their 1981 short-player debut, Signals, Calls, and Marches, took on a life of its own: "That's When I Reach for My Revolver," a moderate left-of-the-dial success after its first release, placed Mission to Burma back in the popular music discussion in 1996 when a cover released by Moby became a minor radio hit, with its subsequent music video earning a spot in MTV's regular rotation. Suddenly, thanks to that cover and others (Blur's Graham Coxon was among many others to release a version of the track), there was a renewed interest in the old band.
In 2002, the band finally gave in to demands, performing a handful of reunion shows. But, again much like the Pixies, something in the band's second life struck a chord with its members — they've been playing shows and touring intermittently ever since. Unlike the Pixies, however, Mission to Burma's resurrection has also found the re-energized band returning to the studio. Since reforming, the band's released three full-lengths for Matador Records, the latest being 2009's quite great The Sound the Speed the Light. Remarkably, more than three decades after their very first gig, this performance will serve as the band's first-ever in Dallas.
Dallas art-rock trio Tre Orsi and Austin post-punk favorites Ume open.