‘From The Stillhouse’ by Murder, Murder - blowing hard, darkening-skies, tinged with lightning(May 08, 2016)
According to the press release, Murder, Murder is a 'bloodgrass' band, which for the uninitiated among us and according to them is: 'bluegrass + outlaw country + murder ballads'. With that in mind I sat back to listen to ‘From The Stillhouse’, and having done so I would agree, their rundown of their own work is pretty damn accurate. The difference from the more ‘traditional’ murder-ballad delivery is the vivacity that pervades the band’s music, the darkness and damnation are there but the conveyance has a live-wire approach replacing doleful declaration. There’s tales of illicit moonshine, bloody gunfights, broken hearts, forbidden love and desolation – all driven by some high-energy string-driven Canadiana.
The tracks arrive like a hurricane - blowing hard, with darkening-skies and tinged with lightning - from ‘Sweet Revenge’ to ‘Where The Water Runs Black’ through ‘The Last Gunfighter Ballad’ and ‘Half Hitch Knot’ - the drive continues and you can’t help but join in.
Playing on ‘From The Stillhouse’ are Sam Cassio (vocals, guitar, mandolin) Jonathan Danyliw (vocals, guitar, mandolin) Barry Miles (vocals, banjo, dobro, guitar) Geoff Mc Causland (violin) Steph Duchesne (percussion) and Kris Dickson (upright bass).
Murder, Murder are heading across Ireland, Northern Ireland, Wales, England, and Scotland through May and June – find out more here: www.murdermurder.net.
Review: Tom Franks