Murder by Death are a terrific band from Indiana, USA, who specialise in a species of alt-country with some cinematic undertones. All their albums are dense, dripping with atmosphere and most them have an unifying narrative (The Devil in Mexico, Weird Western, etc). We got out resident freak/spammer Sam to send them an email filled with questions, as he became a fan since he reviewed their recent album, Good Morning Magpie and worked his way through the band’s back catalogue…
Murder by Death – Good Morning, Magpie
The skinny: alt-country. Or something like that. With atmospheric stuff from time to time.
The review proper: Yee-haw. At least for the first two songs, the album feels like a good throwback to the glory days of alt-country (although we might still be on them, y’dig?). Then on track three, ‘On the dark street below’, a couple of disco-style drum shapes are thrown in the mix.