Burma recorded the new, unnamed album at home in their practice space, aiming for a leaner approach than 2009's The Sound the Speed the Light. Things were starting to feel rote, so songs were thrown out in favor of new experiments. "We came back with a vengeance trying to punch ourselves in the face to snap out of it," Miller says.

At this point, Burma barely play a lot of their older catalog. After a special outdoor MIT show a few years ago that celebrated the newly decreed "Mission of Burma Day" in Boston, Miller found himself wandering down a sidewalk with an open beer when he spotted a cop approaching him. 

>> INTERVIEW: Talking with Mission of Burma's Roger Miller by Matt Parish <<

"At first I tried to tilt the cup a certain way, so it wasn't clear what it was," he says. "But he kept coming closer and I just thought, 'Okay, I'm fucked.' When he finally got to me, he looked at me for a bit and said, 'Why didn't you play 'Revolver'? "

MISSION OF BURMA + VIVA VIVA [Friday] + SHEPHERDESS [Saturday] | Brighton Music Hall, 158 Brighton Ave, Allston | January 20 + 21 @ 8 pm | 18+ | $18 | 617.779.0140 or brightonmusichall.com

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