Columbia, South Carolina's Burnt Books formed in October of 2011 born from musicians from a vast array of other previous and current local bands. Matt Thompson and Troy Thames came from both the "smashist revolutionaries" Guyana Punch Line and experimental punkers Thank God. Troy also participated in .fuckingcom (ex- Antischism/Initial State). Joey Parker and Chuck Sligh helped provide the heavy rifage and crazy time signatures of Tunguska. Finally, Zoe Lollis had previously been performing solo shows with just her banjo and voice.
Burnt Books' self-titled full-length was recorded with Phillip Cope (Kylesa, Baroness, Dark Castle) at the Jam Room. On their first album, Burnt Books plays noisy hardcore/punk with Lollis' growls, wails, and mocking tones running rampant. Additional elements of post-punkinspired angular ri's, noise rock and even a bit of Southern rock, with interludes of simply Zoe's clean vocals and banjo, all help expand the band's whole approach.