Dec Burke – Biography

Posted on January 2, 2012

Dec Burke is a UK guitarist/vocalist who has written, recorded and performed with Frost* and Darwin’s Radio.  He has also toured with Frost* supporting Spock’s Beard and Dream Theater.

Dec formed Darwin’s Radio in 2003 with Mark Westworth.  The band released the “Pictures” EP in 2003 and “Eyes of the World” in 2006, culminating in their appearance at RosFest in Philadelphia in 2007. Following its success the band released the follow up “Template for a Generation” in August 2009.

Dec’s work in Darwin’s Radio attracted the attention of Frost*‘s Jem Godfrey who recruited him to “un-rubbish things” for the band’s 2008 album “Experiments in Mass Appeal”.  Together with Godfrey and Burke, Frost* featured a truly top-class line-up in guitarist John Mitchell (Arena, It Bites, Kino), drummer Andy Edwards (IQ) and bass player John Jowitt (Arena, IQ, Jadis).

Godfrey spoke of Dec’s involvement in Frost*:

Dec is the new boy, but very much a revelation.  To say he exceeded all my expectations would be massively understating it.  A fantastic guitarist as well, he’ll outgrow us all and be a Prog megastar I’m sure.

At the end of 2009, Dec announced he was moving on from Darwin’s Radio to concentrate on a solo venture.

Released in 2010, Dec’s first solo album “Destroy All Monsters” met with positive reviews and has been variously described as being “… a pop take on the prog genre” and “… a meld of Depeche Mode and Foo Fighters”.  The album is still available for purchase from Dec’s web site and is highly recommended.

With the release of “Paradigms and Storylines”, Jem Godfrey’s statement is one step closer to fruition …