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(1997 – 2002)

Burning Airlines was a U.S. music band, founded in 1997 that disbanded in 2002.

It was started by former Jawbox members J. Robbins and Bill Barbot. Before Jawbox split in 1997, Robbins and Barbot had begun jamming with Robbins’ former Government Issue bandmate and drummer, Peter Moffet. When Zach Barocas left Jawbox for New York, Moffet was briefly asked to fill in for Barocas. However, this Jawbox lineup was not to be, and Jawbox called it quits shortly afterwards. However, the musicians’ familiarity gave them a distinct advantage, and Burning Airlines was born fully formed, and off and running to a very quick start. Taking their name from a Brian Eno song, Burning Airlines quickly released their first EP, and shortly thereafter their debut CD Mission: Control! was released in 1999 on DeSoto Records.

Being unable to tour full-time, Bill Barbot bowed out of Burning Airlines and long time friend and Jawbox roadie, Mike Harbin took over as bassist. This lineup would do some extensive touring and record their second release, “Identikit” on DeSoto Records in 2001. Shortly afterwards, Benjamin Pape was added as second Guitarist/keyboards/vocalist. Burning Airlines then suddenly and abruptly split up in 2002.

The band release two full length albums, a self-titled EP and “split” releases with At The Drive-In and Braid.

Burning Airlines were involved in a minor controversy, after the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York. Burning Airlines were in the middle of a major North American Tour, when the attacks occurred.


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  • zbschoening

    I will never forget the subdued show they played at the Black Cat in DC on 1/1/2000. I think we were all stunned the Y2K bug hadn't yet caused modern civilization to collapse.

    2 Aug 2013 Reply
  • alexlakisov

    loved the 90s post-bla-rock-space-grunge-whatever. (2)

    3 Aug 2012 Reply
  • moodsick

    Reminds me of Failure. Great bands... loved the 90s post-bla-rock-space-grunge-whatever.

    13 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Hi_Roboto

    <<<<a song with no words>>>>

    22 Mar 2012 Reply
  • SkylarLieksPie

    Burning Airlines? More like Balding Hairlines, amirite?! Haha, nah, just kidding, this band is the tits. J Robbins is amazing.

    11 Feb 2012 Reply
  • J-Visual

    I don't care what anyone thinks they do or don't sound like, I'm just pissed off I didn't get into them until a decade after they split up. Lame. Too bad my 13 year old self didn't have better taste.

    25 Dec 2011 Reply
  • ChatTypeman

    Don't frost yourself, sonofawidow.

    16 Dec 2011 Reply
  • J-Visual

    Best band. Best freaking band.

    10 Dec 2011 Reply
  • sonofawidow

    Except these guys were leagues better than Nirvana ever was or ever had the capacity to be. But, yeah, apples to oranges, i.e. over-hyped grunge shit to BA's true hardcore.

    15 Nov 2011 Reply
  • ChatTypeman

    Burning Airlines is obviously not a grunge band, but I could see how a younger listener would draw similarities between them and that sound. And, come on, the song Carnival is undeniably, and I would imagine intentionally, Nirvana-esque.

    11 Aug 2011 Reply

    W O O W

    11 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Siberiandreamer

    I don't see how that's a bad comparison? It does have that element in their sound and there ain't nothing wrong with that.

    25 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Jimsonisolation

    Grunge? lol

    7 Jun 2010 Reply
  • andrewtryder

    Found Jawbox right as they were disbanding but I definitely enjoyed these guys back in the day when CDs were cool and they were new. Unfortunately, only two albums but fans of Jawbox should enjoy these folks.

    6 Jun 2010 Reply
  • petebarell

    except poppier. But the bass definantly has that sorta looming evil sounding bass growl that a lot of grunge has

    24 May 2010 Reply
  • petebarell

    sounds grungy

    24 May 2010 Reply
  • venenumest

    Burning Airlines Give You So Much More.

    6 May 2010 Reply
  • nuclearrabbit33

    i love U.S. music bands!

    6 May 2010 Reply
  • stefanFP

    J. Robbins can do no wrong.

    13 Jan 2010 Reply
  • jamesusillxd

    The fact Burning Airlines, Rolo Tomassi and Fucked Up were all on radio 1 caus of Biffy Clyro is pretty awsome. =]

    1 Dec 2009 Reply
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