They may call Bloomington, Indiana, home, but since their 2000 formation, Murder by Death have been a band without musical borders. Theirs is a world where Old West murder ballads mingle with rock-injected Western classicism; where an album’s sequencing can take listeners from a haunted back alley in rural Mexico to a raucous Irish pub. With albums that play-out like novels, Murder By Death has learned to create songs like chapters…each song is a composition that responds to and anticipates the other tracks and is integral to the whole of the album. All of which is to say, Murder by Death albums don’t just string together songs; they create experiences.
Known for their dark, thought-provoking lyrics, it is easy to lose yourself in the emotional journey of their songs, and sometimes it is hard to bring an end to the musical cinema they can create. They have a style that is uniquely theirs, yet ever-evolving and are one of the most unique and underrated bands to hit the indie scene in the last decade or so. Vocalist Adam Turla hails similarity to such Gothic/Americana masters as Johnny Cash, Nick Cave and even Tom Waits. Sarah Balliet plays cello with a confident vengeance that is largely responsible for their signature sound.
Murder By Death continues to produce the most unique sound in modern music, and the release of their latest album, Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon, is no different. A technical masterpiece, the lyrics ooze emotion and accompany the beautiful, often awe-inspiring music to perfection. Rootsy and rustic, gritty and painful, this may be MBD’s largest triumph to date.
The band has just released a new video for the single “Lost River” of the Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon CD and are currently touring the US and Canada. You can click here for tour dates.
For more info visit the band at www.murderbydeath.com