The Violet Burning

The Violet Burning

Infobox musical artist
Name = The Violet Burning

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Origin = Long Beach, California
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Genre = Rock
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Years_active = 1989 – present
Label = Northern Records
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Current_members = Michael J. Pritzl
Jason "Lord" Mize
Daryl "Black Cherry" Dawson
Ben Paskitti
Past_members = Herb Grimaud
Andrew Prickett
Jeff Schroeder

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The Violet Burning is an independent rock and roll Christian band based in Long Beach, California, USA. The band was formed in 1989 in Orange County, California by Michael J. Pritzl.

Since their first release in 1990, The Violet Burning has been a staple of the underground independent rock and roll scene. The band is the project of singer/guitarist/songwriter Michael J. Pritzl. Though bucking the mainstream music industry and remaining fiercely independent throughout their career, they have a loyal following throughout North America and Europe. They have managed to sell over 100,000 discs due largely to their frequent touring. Fans affectionally call them "The Violets". Resembling The Cure or The Verve with a little more distortion – The Violet Burning plays a mix of passionate new wave, rock and roll and vibey space rock.

Current status

The new CD titled "drop-dead" was released on February 14, 2006 and the band has been touring in support of it.


Full Length Albums

*"Chosen" – (1990, New Breed/Vineyard Music Group)
*"Strength" – (1992, Bluestone Records)
*"The Violet Burning" – (1996, Domo Records)
*"Demonstrates Plastic And Elastic" – (1998, Ruby Electric, Review: " [ HM Magazine] "cite journal |last=Van Pelt |first=Doug |year=1998 |month=November/December |title=Indie Album Reviews: THE VIOLET BURNING |journal=HM Magazine |id=ISSN|1066-6923 |issue=74 |pages= |accessdate=] )
*"I Am A Stranger In This Place" – (2000, Sovereign Productions)
*"Faith And Devotions Of A Satellite Heart" – (2000, Sovereign Productions)
*"Fabulous Like You" (as The Gravity Show) – (2001, Northern Records)
*"This Is The Moment" – (2003, Northern Records)
*"Drop-dead" – (2006, Northern Records)

EPs and demos

*"Dead Men Can't Swim, Heart Wide Open" – (1989, independent demo tape)
*"You Wouldn't Understand Anyways EP" – (1994, Independent demo tape)
*"Lillian Gish EP" – (1995, Independent demo tape)
*"Hollow Songs EP" (as Michael Pritzl) – (2004, Northern Records)

Live albums

*"The Violet Underground Volume 1: We Are Electric - Live bootleg Cornerstone 2000" – (2001, Independent)
*"The Violet Underground Volume 2: Kissing the Sky - Live in the Netherlands 1993" – (2001, Independent)
*"The Loudest Sound in My Heart" – (2005, Independent)


*"The Violet Underground Volume 3: Lipstick And Dynamite Wonder" – (2002, Independent)
*"The Violet Underground Volume 4: Distortion Is Our Friend" – (2002, Independent)
*"The Violet Underground Volume 5: Violet Christmas Vol. 1" – (2003, Independent)
*"Stars Go Down... When We Were Future Stars" – (2007, Independent)
*"Pomegranate" – (2007, Independent)
*"Gravity" – (2007, Independent)

Collaborations of Michael Pritzl

*"Throne of Grace - Touching the Father's Heart #12" (with others) – (1991, Vineyard)
*"Hear Our Cry - Touching the Father's Heart #7" (with others) – (1991, Vineyard)
*"The Mother of all Tribute Albums" ("It's All Too Much" Beatles cover) – (1998, HM Records)
*"Salutations: A Tribute to the Prayer Chain" ("Sky High" cover) – (2002, Audiolab)


*"Film Show" [VHS]
** live footage from Conerstone Festival 2000, and Tom Festival 2000
*"The Loudest Sound in my Heart" [DVD] 2005
** 13 Live Tracks filmed throughout America and Europe of during the violets tours during 2003-2005


Project of

*Michael J. Pritzl

Current Players (in addition to Michael Pritzl)

*Daryl Dawson - guitar
*Lenny Beh - drums
*Chris Buelow - guitar

Musicians collaborated with The Violet Burning

*Michael Misiuk - guitar
*Kirt Gentry - bass guitar
*Lonnie Tubbs - drums
*Scott Tubbs - bass guitar
*Shawn Tubbs - guitar
*Andrew Prickett - guitar
*Jeff Schroeder - guitar
*Jason (71) Pickersgill - bass guitar
*Herb Grimaud Jr. - bass guitar
*Michael Kalmar - drums
*Glen Pearce - guitar
*Robbie Farr - guitar
*David Archuletta II - guitar
*Edward (Eddie) Fisher - drums
*James Banuelos - percussion
*Melissa Barnett - backing vocals
*Jamie Record (Eichler) - backing vocals
*Debbie McClendon - backing vocals
*Daniel Dupuis - drums
*Gabriel Wilson - guitar / effects
*Sam West - drums
*Douglas Heckman - guitar
*Chris Buelow - guitar
*Kevin Buhler - bass guitar
*Jason Lord Mize-drums
*Ben -guitar
*Joel Zwanziger - drums
*Josiah Sherman - Synth, Piano
*Gabriel Wilson - drums, backing vocals
*Chris Greeley - backing vocals

Other projects these musicians have been involved in

*The Sound Gallery
*The Choir
*Saviour Machine
*Acoustic Shack
*The Prayer Chain
*The Lassie Foundation
*The Listening
*The Gravity Show
* The Smashing Pumpkins


External links

* [ Official web site]
* [ MySpace web site]

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