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Life has been pretty low-key as of late for the crew of headbangers in Columbia-based Burnt Books. They released a killer self-titled debut earlier this year — it was produced by Kylesa’s Phillip Cope — but other than that, it’s been pretty mellow. Well, there was one little thing. “Our summer has been pretty uneventful except for our van blowing up about two weeks ago,” drummer Troy Thames says. Apparently, Burnt Books and guitar strings aren’t the only things Thames and crew set on fire. (They’ve since gotten a new van.) The Capital City heavy metal outfit was formed by the members of two Cola Town bands, Tunguska and Thank God. When Thank God went on indefinite hiatus, Thames and Matt Thompson started jamming with Joey Parker of Tunguska. That led to more group jam sessions, adding in Parker’s bandmate Chuck Sligh and Zoe Lollis, Burnt Books’ singer, banjo player, and secret weapon. “We have been watching each other’s bands for many years, but it’s really great to be playing together now. Even though we all have different influences, we still feel like we create a very honest sound,” Thames says. These scattered inspirations include the Subhumans, Code Orange Kids, Lagwagon, and Watain. “We haven’t played many shows, but we have started writing for a new record. We have about five new songs,” Thames adds. The band plans to release their next album on vinyl and cassette tape, an old-school and definitely badass touch. —Kalyn Oyer THURSDAY