More, more more, a quick one today, things to do, places to be, paint to throw and on the eleventh day of the dark and doom-flustered year of 2019 something landed from Ireland. Idles or idols or blustered up changers, who knows, they landed with a bag of attitude, is it a one off? The precious hints and the word of mouth says not, is there something more here? Will the feeling fade away? Where is the Murder Capital these days? Do rather suspect if Clapton’s Murder Mile were still around they’d have to call themselves Coffee Mile or something way too polite like that. The Murder Capital, Idles, Fontaines DC, is there something in the rather urgent post-punk air, should we be talking of scenes and movement? Is that idle talk? Shall we shut up and let the music do the talking now?
The Murder Capital have a debut single “Feeling Fades” out today, January 11th, on Human Season, meanwhile there’s a UK headline tour beginning on January 31st (the dates are at the end of this piece, underneath that video). Here comes the cut’n paste of the hype from their people –
“The Murder Capital ended 2018 as that rare thing: a band tipped from all corners without having released a single song. In an age where people and bands overshare by default, The Murder Capital have been doing the opposite. If you wanted to know about The Murder Capital, you had to get to a show and see for yourself. That’s if you could get in. Based on the caustic strength of one live recording of “More Is Less”, which went viral on YouTube, and feverish word of mouth from those who have been lucky enough to attend these early gigs, The Murder Capital have built a formidable reputation. In just over a year, they’ve sold out shows in their hometown of Dublin (to 400 people), played with Slaves, Shame and fellow countrymen Fontaines DC and…..”
“With “Feeling Fades” the band fulfill their early promise – delivering a brooding, propulsive slice of post-punk recorded with Flood (PJ Harvey, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Foals). In one of their rare interviews so far, the band have stated they are driven by the genuine desire to affect cultural change, and when front-man James McGovern repeats the lyric “the now elapsed ‘round you and me, and it kept us all together” on this, their debut single, you start to believe that they’re capable of achieving just that”.
Okay all rather Idles but that’s no bad thing and their Irish edge means they more than carry it off without sounding like any kind of bandwagon jumping who knows what. More more more, bring it all on, here’s that video of that session from last year…
The Murder Capital will tour the UK in January and February:
31st January – Liverpool – EBGB’s
1st February – Cardiff – Club Ifor Bach
2nd February – London – The Shacklewell Arms
3rd February – Brighton – The Prince Albert
5th February – Birmingham – The Sunflower Lounge
6th February – Newcastle – Think Tank? Underground
7th February – Glasgow – The Poetry Club
8th February – Edinburgh – Sneaky Pete’s
They will also support IDLES at the band’s sold out show at The Electric Ballroom on 6th April.