Texan-born and-raised singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist James Cole Burnett can trace the origins of his own music career to when he was 14: he had aspirations to play in his older brother Chase Burnett’s band. So, he began taking piano lessons and started writing songs. Soon after, he began playing shows with his brother and a drummer, Matthew O’Connor.
James played in the trio and also fronted Dallas-based outfit Mankind Forever into his early 20s. When he turned 22, Burnett relocated to Los Angeles to join his brother and O’Conor in UNCLES. UNCLES played for about a year-and-a-half before breaking up just before they were about to record an album with Sean O’Brien, Burnett took up the opportunity to work with O’Brien on there singles as a solo artist, before returning to Texas. Upon his return to Texas, Burnett recored his debut album as GOD OF LOVE, Casino Dream with Will Hooper, which the Texan-born and-based artist supported with a string of local shows.
Just before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Burnett worked with Alex Bhore, who recorded and produced the Texan’s second GOD OF LOVE album. Much like countless other albums, the pandemic forced the delay of the album’s release for over a year. Burnett’s sophomore GOD OF LOVE album Do You Worst is slated for a December 3, 2021 release through Red Zeppelin Records.
“Green Eyes Black Night” Do Your Worst‘s third and latest single is a noir-ish strut centered around buzzing guitars, thumping boom bap-like drumming, a propulsive bass line and whirring electronics paired — and serves as a tense and uneasy bed for Burnett’s crooning. The song manages to evoke a desperate, gnawing loneliness, of love and affection gone unrequited for far too long, of anxious, booze and regret-fueled nights.