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    Grumpy Old Man Music Head's Avatar
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    Default Murder By Death - Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon

    online listen
    now that was interesting
    dare I say it, hearing some Nick Cave in some of this
    3 like tracks,including the clip
    doesn't quite make the grade overall though
    good potential
    1.5 from me and a converted 2.4 from the pros at allmusic

    from the album - Straight At The Sun

    released Sept 25th, 2012

    Bio - from allmusic

    Indiana-based Murder by Death first caught the attention of Thursday's Geoff Rickly while playing a gig together one
    night in their hometown of Bloomington, Indiana. Rickly promptly brought the band, then called Little Joe Gould, to
    the attention of his friend Alex Saavedra (Eyeball Records owner), and the group was signed immediately. The band
    was comprised of vocalist/guitarist Adam Turla, drummer Alex Schrodt, bassist Matt Armstrong, cellist Sarah Balliet,
    and pianist Vincent Edwards. They issued a 2001 self-titled EP as Little Joe Gould before the band eventually
    decided to change its name to Murder by Death, taken from the 1976 Robert Moore mystery of the same name. The
    bandmembers felt the new name better represented their ominous sound, which combined elements of artists like Nick
    Cave & the Bad Seeds, Johnny Cash, and the Decemberists.

    Their first full-length, Like the Exorcist But More Breakdancing, was released on Eyeball in August 2002. Touring
    early on with bands like Cursive, Interpol, and the American Analog Set, the band did a summer 2003 split with Volta
    Do Mar before following up that fall with the well-received Who Will Survive and What Will Be Left of Them? The
    record was something of a concept album based around the Devil waging war on a small Western town. A benefit 7"
    appeared at the year's end in memory of Ten Grand's Matt Davis, and the band continued to turn heads nationwide on
    tours with the likes of Lucero, the Weakerthans, William Elliott Whitmore, and Rasputina.

    Edwards amicably parted ways with the group in mid-2004 to go back to school, and when his touring replacement also
    left by the year's end, the remaining members of Murder by Death decided to just carry on as a more rock-oriented
    quartet. Balliet, though, picked up keyboard parts along with her cello. After extensive touring, the bandmembers
    went back to college for a bit while writing their third album. Murder by Death eventually issued In Bocca al Lupo
    on their East West imprint, Tent Show Records, in May 2006. Another concept album, this one was produced by J.
    Robbins (Against Me!, Dismemberment Plan), and explored themes of sin and redemption, somewhat inspired by Dante
    Alighieri's The Divine Comedy. Touring continued through the summer, including a headlining stint with Langhorne
    Slim opening.

    In March 2008, Murder by Death released Red of Tooth and Claw on Vagrant Records. The band followed up again in 2010
    with its fifth studio album, Good Morning, Magpie. Two years later Murder by Death returned with Bitter Drink,
    Bitter Moon, which found the band taking part in a crowd-sourcing campaign through Kickstarter for the vinyl release
    of the album. The campaign would find them becoming the third highest-earning band since the site launched.

    Album Review - from allmusic

    The night can be a scary place sometimes, with myriad dangers masked by a shroud of darkness that requires us to
    simply take a deep breath and head into the unknown. Most of the time, what's actually out there is fairly mundane,
    and the things we fear are living inside of our minds, tricks dreamt up by our subconscious to scare us. It's these
    imagined parts of the darkness that Murder by Death call home, peeling back the shadows to show not what is actually
    lying in wait in the darkness, but what we secretly wish was there. On their sixth album, Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon,
    Murder by Death continue in the tradition of their previous albums, delivering 13 ominous tracks of the band's brand
    of "whiskey devil music." While it's hard to deny the sinister nature of lyrics like "Lost River"'s opening salvo,
    "Hush now creature, don't you cry/I know a place where a body can hide," Bitter Drink feels more exuberant than the
    band's earlier work, upping the tempo and grandeur of the songs in a way that shines a little light on the band's
    darkness without snuffing it out completely. This rollicking clash between light and dark gives the album a kind of
    macabre tent-revival feeling. You can almost imagine a dilapidated tent appearing in a vacant lot overnight, its
    occupants inviting all who'll listen to enter and hear the tales they've picked up on the long and lonely road
    before disappearing without a trace the next day. This level of immersion alone makes Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon
    worth the time it takes to give it a listen, and the fact that the album is filled with killer songs to slam bourbon
    to is really just icing on the (probably arsenic-laced) cake.

    Track Listing

    1. My Hill
    2. Lost River
    3. Straight at the Sun
    4. No Oath, No Spell
    5. I Came Around
    6. Hard World
    7. Ditch Lilly
    8. The Curse of Elkhart
    9. Ramblin
    10. Queen Mab
    11. Go to the Light
    12. Oh, To Be an Animal
    13. Ghost Fields

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    The clip sounds great, I'll be looking into this one. Big thick sounding track, sounds like this band would be dynamic live. Thanks MH!

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