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The Murder Capital have announced their second album ‘Gigi’s Recovery’ and shared a lush new single ‘A Thousand Lives’. After playing their first headline show in over two years last night (September 22nd) at London’s Lafayette, the Irish five-piece have also announced a UK and European tour for early 2023 to launch their new record.

‘A Thousand Lives’ follows on from The Murder Capital’s comeback track ‘Only Good Things’, with McGovern saying that “people obviously think they know what the record is going to sound like – but they don’t. I’m excited to get more out.” “‘A Thousand Lives’ started as a poem and it’s not hiding itself in any way,” McGovern said of the unabashed love song. “Lines like, ‘A thousand lives with you and I won’t be enough’, can evoke a feeling of sadness but it’s also about the immediacy of now, and putting aside everything to look at who or what is filling your basket.”

Check out lush single ‘A Thousand Lives’ and details of the band’s 2023 UK and European tour.

‘Only Good Things’ (Official Video), directed by Hugh Mulhern is out now. Working closely with our friends on this has been a pleasure. Now we can share it with you. How beautiful.

It’s a different side to The Murder Capital whose debut album ‘When I Have Fears‘ was driven by grief, loss and pain. “We’ve only got one record, so there’s a lot left to write about,” explained McGovern. “I feel like the sky’s the limit, really. When I strip it all away though, my writing is just an endeavour to empathise, whether that’s with myself or with others.”

He went on to say how this different lyrical approach “certainly wasn’t difficult to write”. “To me, being vulnerable is at the forefront of what I do, to allow other people to actually relate to or project upon whatever it is I’m expressing,” he said. “Love is a face at the party that you can’t really ignore.”

‘Gigi’s Recovery’, a “loose concept record” written over the past two years and due out in January.

“The whole record was a slow-burn,” said McGovern. Writing started in May 2020 when COVID lockdown restrictions were first eased. “At the time, we were heavily focused on this search for tones and textures,” he explained of the band experimenting with new instrumentals and pedals. “We needed to find our sound, or at least a sound that had more room for growth than some of our first record was headed and the zeitgeist that was surrounding it at the time.”

When The Murder Capital released ‘When I Have Fears’ in 2019, they were part of an exciting rising post-punk scene that included the likes of Fontaines D.C. and IDLES. However away from their peers, McGovern explained how the band’s “identity early on was formed around the idea of pushing against everything and seeing what friction that created”.

“We knew we didn’t want to do that again,” he admitted. “It wasn’t about losing what we’d built with ‘When I Have Fear’, it was about the necessity to evolve. Our motto was, ‘The evolution will not be compromised’. McGovern continued: “The new album is asking the questions about the life that you want to take part in, but it’s also posing the reality that you are responsible for that life that you’re in. It’s less wishful and naïve. This album definitely asked me those questions. This record is more grounded in itself. ‘Gigi’s Recovery’ is a story of deep introspection, pulled out of necessity and it culminates in a point of surrender.”

Irish rockers The Murder Capital have been building quite a bit of momentum overseas both back at home in Ireland and in the U.K. as well. They released their debut album “When I Have Fears” last year to mass critical acclaim (it was one of our best-albums-of-2019>favourites of the year and now it’s time for the band to have their moment here in the U.S., where they are about to embark on their first-ever North American tour. The Murder Capital released their debut album When I Have Fears on their own label Human Season Records to much critical claim in August of 2019.The band played a string of headlining shows around Europe and the UK and this 45rpm 12″ highlights the broody “Love, Love, Love” and “On Twisted Ground” from their show at The Dome, Tufnell Park in London from October 2019.

The band’s drummer Diarmuid Brennan told us one day before they played their biggest hometown show to date. We talked about the early days of the band, their process, how they bring it live every night, and how grief helped shaped their debut album. You guys are currently in Dublin preparing for your biggest headlining show to date. How are you feeling before the show?
Yeah that’s right. Good! Just landed back in Dublin, we flew over from the U.K. So we are just at Grogans now on South William Street, just meeting up with some mates. But yeah, just staying relaxing about it to be honest. It’s obviously a big one as it’s a Dublin show, Dublin shows are always big, they get us very excited. But yeah I’ll get excited maybe a couple of minutes before we go on.

New album When I Have Fears available 16th August

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The Murder Capital release their new EP, “Live From Maida Vale”, which features their full live session for Annie Mac at Radio 1. The EP opens with a heart-wrenching cover of FKA Twigs’ Cellophane, and also features gorgeous takes of fan favourites Green & Blue and Don’t Cling To Life.

Speaking about the EP, the band state:

When Annie Mac asked us to do a live session at Maida Vale, covering FKA Twigs was an easy decision. “Cellophane” especially encapsulates such a poignant landmark of heartbreak, and its innately exposed nature further allowed us to really connect with it.’

The band have always been open about their love of FKA Twigs, featuring her tracks on their lockdown playlist, ‘Staying Home For Now’.

The release follows the completion of the bands sold out UK and Europe tour, which included a date at London’s iconic Electric Ballroom. Their critically acclaimed debut album, “When I Have Fears,” released last August, reached number 2 in the Irish charts and received a top 20 spot in the UK.

The band’s live show at The Dome, Live From London: The Dome, Tufnell Park, will be released on limited edition vinyl on Record Store Day (Saturday 29th August, Saturday 26th September and Saturday 24th October). Limited copies will be available in record stores across the UK.  The band are currently writing material for the highly anticipated second album.

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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Called out by the Irish Times as “Ireland’s best new rock band” and named as an one of nme’s “100 essential new artists for 2019,” when i have fears is the debut album from Dublin, Ireland’s the Murder Capital.

Produced by Flood (pj harvey, new order, foals) the album features both singles from the band so far, “Feeling Fades” and “Green & Blue”, as well as the first studio recording of breakthrough track “More is Less”. an exercise in both darkness and light, “When I Have Fears” only serves to highlight the early ambition in the band’s sound. from the post-rock build and breakdowns of the two-part “Slowdance”, to the tender, bruised confessional of “On Twisted Ground” and industrial pulse of closer “Love, Love, Love”, there’s a consistent intensity throughout that marks out the Murder Capital as a band arriving fully formed on their debut album. “surging like waves and creating the same nervous, edge-of-your-seat atmosphere that their live shows have been so well spoken of for…

beautiful chaos.” – neu pick of the day, diy “a brooding beat and a menacing bassline, the Murder Capital have delivered the goods.” – gigwise “not just a band primed to rip your head off, but to make you throw shapes.” – dork hype 2019 “furious, bellowing Irish punks who would beat you in a staring contest.”

Our debut album ‘When I Have Fears’ is out August 16th.

From the beginning of making this record together, the poem ‘When I Have Fears’ served not only as a structural pillar, but quickly became a set of ideals for us to live by.

Pre-order the album on Limited Edition Marbled Rust 12” Vinyl

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The Murder Capital, alongside Fontaines D.C. and Just Mustard, are one of a raft of exciting new bands emerging out of Ireland right now. The group have done things the old fashioned way, keeping releases to a minimum and touring relentlessly, including a recent jaunt with righteous punks Idles. Today the post-punk outfit share new song “Green & Blue,” Available as a limited 12″ single will be released June 14th via Human Season Records.

This is the band’s second single and it’s an epic. There’s little air in “Green & Blue,” with a steady bass rumble filling the space with an unbearable tension. Icy guitars stab through the murk but only add to the pressure building throughout. James McGovern’s imposing vocals then take centre stage as he sings about love and death, promising to “correlate the blue the green and blue the green for you.”

The Murder Capital are outrageously exciting live. The young Dublin quintet’s brutal art-punk rock is thrilling on the edge of terrifying: new year fireworks in a metal tent.

You won’t hear much on streaming sites yet, and what’s there can’t quite capture the unreasonable thrill of their brooding stage presence. Schoolyard-forged friends looking like a Victorian gentlemen’s boxing gang on parole – even sometimes playing while gently butting heads – they simmer with menace while weaving around each other on the tiny stages their pawing intensity has long outgrown.

The band’s mix of businesslike dress and improvised choreography on stage is echoed in their music. Visually and sonically, it’s a thug’s pantomime, delivered with delicacy. It’s never just pure punk noise. Some songs reach back to Joy Division’s drum tattoos, interlocking with surging, wave-break bass. Pixies’ quiet-loud-quiet trick is in there, as are Shame and Savages, while PJ Harvey and the Bad Seeds infest tracks such as Green and Blue. But these are just reference points on a map of their own making. Mostly they thrust forward into the darkness.

An album and second single, to follow the vein-bulging debut track Feeling Fades, should surface this summer. You need to see them live though. “I like brutalism because it’s not trying to be beautiful,” says singer James McGovern. The Murder Capital make brutal beautiful.

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The Murder Capital having recording with Flood (PJ Harvey, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Foals) wasn’t a bad start for this Dublin outfit The Murder Capital to make their debut with ‘Feeling Faces, showing how they have risen to become one of Ireland’s emerging hot properties – with the not-to-forget, gravel-edged vocals of James McGovern leading the way.

Band Members
James McGovern,Damien Tuit, Cathal Roper, Gabriel Paschal Blake, Diarmuid Brennan,
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