Jammerzine Exclusive: A Conversation With Official Burnt Toast
Not long ago we premiered Official Burnt Toast’s double single “Money As Debt/Hi Time” and, I have to say, these songs are much, much more than just songs. They are social commentary as progressive art. To me, this is music as it’s finest. A snapshot of the social world in this time or maybe even a social conversation. And That is EXACTLY what I had with Adrian Lawrence, OBT’s frontman and genius behind the mic. And that is what you will call him when you here this interview. I actually shouldn’t call this an interview. We never officially started the interview. This is actually the conversation we had about OBT and the world in general. And by doing it this way, you can get a glimpse as to how Adrian thinks and it really is something to behold.
OBT is on the way up for sure and by them doing it their way the irrelevant, materialistic that seems to plague the world of music as of late will be on it’s way out. Isn’t that how pioneers do things?
About Official Burnt Toast:
Official Burnt Toast are Adrian Lawrence, Patrick Luke and Abrar Hafiz. Based in East London the trio produce spoken word, hip hop and punk, described by Luke Hannam (Gramme / Emperors New Clothes) as “an infectious cocktail of American paranoia, Canadian objectivity and a very English obsession of introspection and the fly on the wall documentary with the warmth of an accessible sound”.
Official Burnt Toast has been featured in UK broadsheet The Observer, where respected fashion photographer Perou is quoted as saying: “I always shoot to music except when we’re being filmed for TV shows and we’re not allowed. My fave band at the moment is Official Burnt Toast. Their music is between spoken word and rap. It’s very funky, but with English sentiment”.
Known for their electric live performances, The band cite Glastonbury where they played the Green Peace stage to a capacity crowd as, “one of the best gigs we’ve done to date”.
Their double A-side single ‘Money As Debt’/’Hi Time’ is taken from their debut Album ‘Tubs’n Tongue – Fu’.