February 19th | SWX
If the rise of bands like Fontaines D.C. and Shame have taught us anything, it’s that post punk is getting its long overdue comeback. The Murder Capital might be the best band to rise out of this new revival. Over the past few years, they’ve built up a name for themselves through their visceral live shows and uncompromisingly brutal sound. It’s the kind of music that’s heavy enough to put your teeth through.
Released last year, their debut album, When I Have Fears delivered on the hype surrounding it. Produced by Flood – known for working with everyone from Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds to Smashing Pumpkins – it managed to perfectly capture the group’s monochrome tint. On its songs, lead singer James McGovern always feels like he’s driven by a purpose, taking on big social issues and speaking prophetically like a baritone Nostradamus. On ‘More Is Less’, he takes on materialism over screeching guitars while ‘Love, Love, Love’ sees him detail the end of a relationship with an intensity that suggests it’s the end of the world.
Now that The Murder Capital have proven they’re worth the buzz surrounding them, there’s no better time to catch them live. We can’t promise that their show at SWX will be pretty, but it’ll make you feel alive.
See the video for ‘More Is Less’ here: