I remember it was a big step for us to release an album and together with a proper record label too. We were used to doing everything ourselves but since Burning Heart was from the punk scene we felt relatively comfortable. Though they did want to press the album on CD, which made us a little suspicious haha… We actually got some criticism for that too.
Yesterday marked the 20th birthday of our debut album Modern Day City Symphony. Wow, twenty years already?
To tell the truth it dates back even further than that if you consider that most of the songs were written, recorded and produced between 98-99. From that perspective it’s basically a true testament to the gritty, cold and scary but intriguing place the world was before the shift into the new millennium. In another way I look at the album as a summing up of everything we had learned so far since the formation of the band in the early nineties. However, I still learned that the compiling, and ready-making of a full-length album takes a lot longer than I thought when I was rapping ”Embee, I’m coming down to Gothenburg in October/ stay ’til November, drop an LP around December/ A classic, for hiphoppers to remember! (Fever)” Without that naïve attitude, chances are that we would have felt overwhelmed by the big task we were about to take on. So while the last part of those lines obviously was the only thing I got right, that’s also all that matters twenty years down the line.
We are truly honored, blessed and moved by all the feedback we got from all of you fans reaching out with your own fantastic stories and memories surrounding this album. It has naturally been a great part of our lives, which makes it even more beautiful to read and hear that it’s been such a big part of yours as well.
Promoe, Cosmic, Embee & Supreme