Posts Tagged ‘The Murlocs’

Five fellas with roots firmly placed in their own blown-out, distorted demented dance party brand of soulful RnB. Formed in the end of November 2010 and originally from the coastal town of Ocean Grove the group has since gone on to play such music festivals as Meredith, Queenscliffe, Boogie and Falls. As well as supporting such acts as Gary Clarke Junior, Mac Demarco, Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees, The Pixies, Earthless, Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks, Wavves and King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard.

The Murlocs performing live in the KEXP studio. Recorded April 15th, 2019.

Songs: Spun Gun,  Problematic Subject,  Manic Candid Episode,  Withstand ,What If? , Comfort Zone

Flightless heroes The Murlocs are extremely excited to announce their fourth album ‘Manic Candid Episode’ is out today! It’s been a long time between drinks but Uncle Murl is at the peak of his powers from travelling his deliciously dangerous, distorted and dynamic RnB to packed houses around the world.

Five skinny kids with roots firmly placed in their own blown-out, distorted brand of soulful RnB.
Formed in early 2011 by harp player Ambrose Kenny-Smith, The Murlocs have already played alongside Thee Oh Sees, Graveyard Train and Dave Graney.
Their up-tempo snare cracks and noisy doom guitar – accompanied by Ambrose’s vocal screech – has been described as a mesmerising demented dance party.


To celebrate the release the band have announced a Massive five state, six date Australian tour taking them to Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. 

Flightless darlings and bluesy garage misfits The Murlocs are cookin up another fresh batch of charmers down under.  Ambrose Kenny-Smith and the boys are calling this fourth full-length Manic Candid Episode.  Chances are good that there will be a heaping supply of harmonicas.

There are two variants, both limited to 2000 each.  Check those out below, watch the videos and then saunter through that ‘buy’ portal for some of that tasty wax.  Watch out for that razor sharp shipping charge though.  She’s a doozy.

This is the official pressing of the ‘Manic Candid Episode’ the 4th full length LP from The Murlocs. Released March 22nd, 2019

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Flightless Records family members The Murlocs have returned with their first slice of new music since 2017. Presenting you Comfort Zone; four minutes of pure madness!

Five fellas with roots firmly placed in their own blown-out, distorted demented dance party brand of soulful RnB. Formed in the end of November 2010 and originally from the coastal town of Ocean Grove the group has since gone on to play such music festivals as Meredith, Queenscliffe, Boogie and Falls. As well as supporting such acts as Gary Clarke Junior, Mac Demarco, Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees, The Pixies, Earthless, Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks, Wavves and King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard.

Band Members
Cal Shortal,
Ambrose Kenny Smith,
Matt Blach,
Cook Craig,
Tim Karmouche,

Melbourne garage-rock quintet The Murlocs are back with new track and video “Noble Soldier”, which comes via Australian indie label Flightless Records. The group are mostly comprised of members from fellow Australian psychedelic rockers King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard, meaning they’re pretty much two for two with regard to brilliantly ludicrous band names.

“Noble Soldier” garage-guitar amble recalls Shannon And The Clams or even some of the more restrained Reigning Sound stuff, while the brisk crackle of Ambrose Kenny Smith’s vocals allow the track to maintain its casual saunter.

The track also comes with an accompanying video, which features a deeply surreal take on fitness and plastic surgery.

Run, don’t walk. With our boys KG & the LG blowing up the way that they have it seems to give a rub to the other acts on Flightless, but especially the ones directly related to his majesty.

This is their third LP, and their last one sells for stupid amounts now. Like I said, FOMO is real.

Their last record was a great discourse on the trappings of Australian psychedelic rock that was steeped long and hot in American soul and r&b and it was just so, so amazing.

Our new album ‘Old Locomotive’  will be released on July 28th, 2017  on Flightless Records 

“Old Locomotive” on Flightless Records



Thirty Days of Yes is a subscription mixtape that will release a song a day over 30 days. Developed in response to the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey, to drive the ‘Yes’ message and show support for the LGBTQI+ community, particularly the youth community who don’t have a voice in this public debate. 100% of the profits will go to LGBTQI+ youth organisations, Minus18 and Twenty10.

The project brings together artists such as Beaches, Body Type, Cub Sport, Courtney Barnett, DARTS, Fortunes., Hockey Dad, Jen Cloher, Jess Ribeiro, Laura Jean, Leah Senior, Lucianblomkamp, Marcus Whale, Oisima, Rainbow Chan, Shining Bird, Sui Zhen, The Murlocs, Terry, Twerps, Two Steps on the Water, and more to be revealed.


Thirty Days of Yes is made possible by 37 Adventures, Aarght Records, Barely Dressed, Chapter Music, Farmer & The Owl, Flightless, Future Classic, Good Manners, Inertia Music, Milk! Records, [PIAS], Remote Control Records, Rice Is Nice Records, Spunk Records, Stop Start, & more. Thirty Days of Yes is supported by Heaps Gay.

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Put on a good set of headphones, hit play on The Murlocs sophomore album “Young Blindness”, make sure to turn it up loud to flesh out every detail, and go for a long walk to let the sounds wash right over you without distraction.

More than just a clichéd doppelganger of the psych-blues inspirations from where their sound originates, Young Blindness is an orgy of 60’s and 70’s drug-drenched sounds mixed with newer indie-rock sensibilities. Drawing heavily from such genres is a tricky thing; lean too far towards blues and you’ll sound like an unoriginal cover band, go too far towards psychedelic rock and you’ll likely fade into the mass of indistinguishable psych/garage bands who have more guitar pedals than song-writing ability.

The Murlocs hit that spot in the middle, weaving together all their blues drenched instruments in such a way creating a texture of warm, drifting melodies and catchy guitar hooks. Their expertly crafted songs are indicative of front-man Ambrose Kenny-Smith’s experience in songwriting – and there are definite comparisons with his other venture, the much-lauded King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – but The Murlocs provide him with an avenue for more carefully constructed and direct songs.”


The album starts off on an upbeat note with the wondrous Happy Face and title track Young Blindness before shifting to a brooding middle section, where the pace is slowed down and the melodies are the focus, before things come full circle towards the end of the album, returning to a high-spirited mood.  Such is the strength of each and every track on Young Blindness, that picking singles based on their merit as individual songs would surely prove impossible.

Take the muffled drawl and looping melodies of Rolling On, the mind-warping and entrancing Wolf Creek, or the bluesy Adolescence that permit the band to show off their moody side. Young Blindness is simply one of those records on which you struggle to find a weak track.

The band releases a great debut, declaring to the world their arrival on the music scene . Then comes the follow-up; they’ve got to maintain the original sound of the first album, yet grow to remain interesting. This kind of pressure can kill a band. Yet this five-piece manage to stay as fresh as ever, producing an album full of consistently stand-out tracks while sticking to their signature sound of swampy bass, harmonious drumming, fuzzed out guitar interplay, that strident drawl of a voice, and well-utilised harmonica sounds of tasty garage blues-rock .

Through Young Blindness, The Murlocs have crafted a tighter older sibling of their debut LP, demonstrated how to do an excellent follow-up album and proven that they’re much more than just a side-project.

Geelong lads The Murlocs cover the Hot Chocolate classic ‘Every 1’s A Winner’ for Like A Version on triple j.
Like A Version is a segment on Australian radio station triple j. Every Friday morning a musician or band comes into the studio to play one of their own songs and a cover of a song they love. Just what constitutes a great Like A Version. Some say it’s all about the performance itself, others say it’s all about how well the band or artist succeeded in making the song their own, meanwhile others think it’s all about how different the rendition is from the original.

Like A Version is supposed to be fun, and if a band or artist can have fun whilst totally owning a famous song, that’s about perfect.

Case in point, The Murlocs hit the triple j studios this morning to take on Hot Chocolate’s ‘Every 1’s a Winner’. The Melbourne psych outfit not only owned the tune, transmuting the 1978 funk classic into a garagey epic, they clearly had a lot of fun doing it.

Since 2004, many artists have participated, including Lorde, Arctic Monkeys, Tame Impala, Dirty Projectors, Ben Folds, The Temper Trap, Alt-J, Regina Spektor, Bon Iver, The Kooks and Hilltop Hoods

Melbourne five piece The Murlocs are in the midst of perhaps their biggest year yet. From the earlier release of their breakthrough single “Adolescence”, the band toured the country, bringing their bluesy-psych rock tunes with them.  Admittedly, I listened because of their connections with King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, but from the first song I heard any comparison in my mind was dismissed immediately.

The band have supported Ty SegallMac DeMarco and of course their brethern King Gizz, and their live show has grown into an all out jam you can’t help but dance to. From their earnest and relatable lyrics, blues sensibilities and lead singer Ambrose Kenny-Smith’s attention grabbing voice and second to none harmonica skills, they have quickly become a force to be reckoned with in Australia, and one of my favourite bands to try and catch live.

Whilst the Murlocs were on their Adolescence tour, the quintet dropped in at our Bedlam Records to do a live take of the track, and now have the first look at that performance! Considering they’re now taking a bit of time off until the end of the year after performing at each leg of King Gizzard’s Gizzfest, the live video is even more special.  jump on their album Loopholes out now and keep your eyes firmly fixed on The Murlocs – I am predicting even bigger things to come!