The MURDER CAPITAL – ” When I Have Fears ”  Best Albums Of 2019

Posted: December 15, 2019 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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The debut album from The Murder Capital in a the rather nice looking rust marbles vinyl pressing. ‘When I Have Fears’ .There’s a whole raft of very decent bands heading over from Ireland at the moment who are, we hate to pun ‘gonna be big’. Dublin’s The Murder Capital are, at the moment in the same whisper as Fontaine’s DCJust MustardThumper and Inhaler.

But they’re by no means all the same in sound. We first saw The Murder Capital on a very cold night at The End Of The Road Festival in September, not knowing what the band were about. They instantly resonated, coming on to sirens blaring and the audience didn’t know what hit them. Live, their sound is big, it’s captivating and it stays with you. And we weren’t disappointed

We eagerly looked forward to their debut “When I Have Fears”. Even though we’d discovered them in January, by August there were still only a couple of songs on Spotify to listen to so an air of mystery remained.

The result has been just as huge as the hype surrounding Fontaine’s DC’s Dogrel. But this isn’t about all these Irish bands sounding the same.  The Murder Capital have made something much more dark, harrowing and passionate. More Is Less begins like Sonic Youth’s Tom Violence.Not a bad thing indeed.

A similarly distorted guitar, dripping with sadness and chilling. Pounding the lyrics ‘more more more, more is less’ give vibes like a protest song but with more amped up romance. Always the song that stood out in live shows, Green and Blue makes an apocalyptic sound of romantic devastation and destruction with Interpol style guitars bass and drums, but darker and more post-punk -if you can imagine that.

It’s as if everything is going on around us but somehow it’ll all be ok. The haunting ‘I failed you’ makes us imagine a camera drawing out of an unlit room as someone is left alone and devastated in the darkness. It all builds up to Slowdance I and Slowdance II. The meat of the album and a duo of songs to get completely lost in. In a live setting these two songs play as one single entity; one half with lyrics (Slowdance I) and one
half instrumental (Slowdance II).

Slowdance II is where it really kicks in. Dark and dreamy, this is the fulcrum where you immerse yourself in layers of sound. The most melancholic memory of romantic fuzz. It’s dramatic and hazy and seductive and epic and takes your breath away. You wonder how on earth they can top it.

Feeling Fades is a track that’s been available to listen to since we first discovered them. It ends with a dry shouted la la la la la la la la la and seems to poke fun at the song as it disintegrates, like light falling into a black star. Final track Love Love Love is already a personal favourite. Dark and moody, lurking and devastating, alarms sirens, cinematic and lush. ‘In the rain the romance lay, maybe in the rain, the romance will say goodbye’

When I Have Fears is such a raw record, both emotionally and sonically that we don’t want to be controversial or opinionated or seen as rooting for the underdog but it’s just knocked Dogrel from among our Album of the Year spot. It really is that good.

With When I Have Fears sees The Murder Capital have released an insane debut album which will only open doors for the band. The Dublin post punks are seriously a band to keep a close eye on, as with the release of their debut album it’s almost certain that 2020 is going to be massive for them.

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