Sean Bohrman and Lee Rickard of Anaheim pop band Thee Makeout Party! founded the cassette-dominant Burger Records in the year AD 2007. With it, they engrained a nonstop, can-do, DIY ethos. Two years later, they opened a Burger record, tape, and video store with Brian Flores in Fullerton, 25 miles southeast of Los Angeles, billowing the Burger zeal across the land through their myriad releases of psych, garage, bubblegum, flowered pop, and punk. Burger-produced shows have also steadily expanded, with the second Burgerama selling out two nights at the 1,000-seat Santa Ana Observatory. A sampling of the Burger family includes releases from King Tuff, Brian Jonestown Massacre, La Luz, Hunx and His Punx, Nobunny, Mean Jeans, Diarrhea Planet, and the Go. The label’s work means constant activity and push; thus, the Burger mode is happy-go-worky very hard, love your bands, and do good philanthropically. In the face of the corporate, Miley-Virus, music-business malaise, Burger Records is a beacon. Their Burgerama Caravan of Stars Tour is upon us. For this interview, Sean Bohrman and members of the Growlers, Gap Dream, and together PANGEA did a four-way. There was laughter and jollity throughout.
How does Burger Records decide what bands they’re putting out? What’s the philosophy? Bohrman: We just listen for what we like—there’s no science to it. We work really, really, really hard all day every day. There’s nothing we do that doesn’t have some kind of relation to Burger. If you like working hard and smoking lots of weed, come chill with us!
Talk about one of your songs. Gap Dream: I wrote “Fantastic Sam” about Lee giving me boots and about walking up to Starbucks.
Together PANGEA: For “River,” we were drinking a lot of 40s in Canada. And we really like sandwiches.