Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Country Gothic

It's pretty easy to write-off Murder By Death as some country-alternative band or, wait, is it? No there's something more here. The morbid overtones from the name alone should let you know this is either some screamo band you're going to ignore or something else.

Bloomington, Indiana's Murder By Death uses their dark moniker to make country gothic at its best. Way more country than Okkervil River, and darker too. "Impossible to categorize, Murder By Death's haunting mix of gritty rock-n-roll, broodingly narrative lyrics, and dark, enchanting piano and cello has inspired a cult following." Their new album, In Bocca al Lupo expands on the album's predecessor, Who Will Survive and What Will Be Left of Them?.

In Bocca al Lupo songs include "a tango, a seafarer's chant,waltzes, gritty rock, an upright bass, a horn section, and a gospel choir, all encased in this really gorgeous narrative."
This is the first song off the album, which caught my ear with the lyrics "Some men like women and some men like (there's a pause) gold." Also, be sure to check out the first single from the album, "Brother." Stream it here. (m3u)

Boy Decide
In Bocca la Lupo comes out May 23rd on their own label, Tent Show Records.

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