"Here is acoustic, rock, bluesy, torch, indie jive, country psychedelic, soul-baring beautiful music that those with a need to hear a new point of view ought to get off their butts and obtain. This album matters."
John McClure, Victory Music Review
Sarah Burton tells the tales of life with beauty, strength and weariness, and her sound rocks and rolls with just the right amount of country and pop influence. Since 2006, Sarah's music has been music featured in "Cabin Fever 2", she's opened for pop sensation Kate Voegele at Toronto's Opera House, and been awarded Best Folk Song by Toronto Exclusive magazine in 2009. A relentless road warrior who spends months on the road at a time, Sarah released her debut EP Love is for Pussies in 2007, with Juno winning producer John Switzer, and followed it up in 2010 with her full-length album Mayflower; "a country dusted folk album of steel guitars and sweet sorrow" (Brad Wheeler, The Globe & Mail). Accompanying the Mayflower release is a video for How Good You Are (Feb 2011), and a second video for the song Gravity (Feb 2012).
The new album, Fire Breathers, consists of 13 songs spun together by a spaghetti-western love story that follows three imperfect characters: the outlaw, the lady, and the man who was too good, through the torments and the pleasures of the heart.
Portraying the "lady" in this story, is Miss Sarah Burton, and it would seem something got under her skin in her brand new release. From the edgy and fiercely independent sound of her previous release (containing such songs as "Antimonogamy" and "If This Is A Sin"), Fire Breathers shows a little more love to the opposite sex with songs like the lead out rocker "Raise The Bar", the power pop of "Love to Love You", and the raunchy blues-rock of "My Man". But while softening her lyrical approach on many songs, Sarah also raised the bar herself on the sound and feel of this collection. Straight up rock 'n roll, dirty blues riffs, a little twang, and pop dalliances run rampant throughout, thanks to contributions from "the outlaw", bass player Luke Stackhouse, and "the man who was too good", guitar player Jay Swinnerton, plus many more. Each song on the album is unique while still keeping the overall vibe, as a little piece of Canadiana splendor. Fire Breathers will leave you breathless.