With their fifth album Good Morning, Magpie, Murder by Death continue the tradition of border expansion. The difference, however, is that this time, the band literally went off the map to get there.
A story of revenge, betrayal and a long voyage hindered by interventions of the gods. The Bloomington, Indiana, quartet are emerging as true artists in the zero-boundary sense: cinematic storytellers whose albums come together in an essential whole, and players whose jaw-dropping performances on record make you yearn for the chance to experience their energy up close and in person.
Murder By Death's third album is comprised of 12 different stories, all about sin, redemption, and guilt. Murder By Death layer the vocal sounds of an old saloon with the haunting strings of a Hungarian folk dance and the hard driving rhythms of pure rock 'n' roll, producing lush, orchestrat
"Who Will Survive and What Will Be Left of Them?" is the second full length album by Murder By Death. It is an album about the Devil wiping a small town off the map.
Murder By Death's debut album "Like the Exorcist, But More Breakdancing" is an eclectic album, ranging from beautiful and ambling string-laden compositions to aggresive, complicated and dark rock songs.
Kelly's voice is so versatile it can wrap itself around any song, in any style, be it torchy jazz, country weepers, soul-fueled bump and grinders or long-lost pop nuggets, and transform them into something all her own. Hell, just her compilation appearances could be their own "Best of..." collection. She's that good.
Top shelf musicianship, razor sharp songwriting, and a total lack of concern for the confines of genre, made the Meat Purveyors one of the most entertaining and energetic bands to ply the dark corners of the roots underground and were a touchstone in the thrashgrass movement.
We like The Sadies because they can play ANYTHING better than anyone else. Surf, cool cowboy psychedelia, electric bluegrass, spaghetti western soundscapes, garage punk, whatever.
The Deadstring Brothers' heart beats with pure rock and roll. Simple and shor 'nuff. Built on a the unshakable foundations of blues, rock country and soul, DSB manages to create something at once totally fresh but totally recognizable. It's all ragtops and cold beer, seeds and stems, gatefold LPs and foxy girlfriends with tight, flared jeans.
Devil in a Woodpile, they play blues. They also play country. Ragtime. Hot Jazz. Hillbilly. It's all the same to them. It's all taken from the same deep, muddy well called American Music that existed long before wise guy marketing goons and interweb algorithms decided to categorize and sub-categorize the whole mess.
"The songs are who I believe myself to be and that will change, but for now that’s how it is and I’m very satisfied with that."
Just an editorial aside, "The World Missed Out" may be one of the world's most perfect, devastingly beautiful and heart-breaking songs ever. Don't miss out.