Wake up with Murder By Death

They may call Bloomington, Indiana, home, but since their 2000 formation, Murder by Death have been a band without musical borders. Theirs is a world where Old West murder ballads mingle with rock-injected Western classicism; where an album’s sequencing can take listeners from a haunted back alley in rural Mexico to a raucous Irish pub. All of which is to say, Murder by Death albums don’t just string together songs; they create experiences. With their fifth album (and second for Vagrant), Good Morning, Magpie, Murder by Death continue the tradition of border expansion.

“Going into the woods helped me write in a way I never would’ve been able to otherwise,” says singer/guitarist Adam Turla, recalling the retreat into the Tennessee mountains during which, armed with little more than a tent, a fishing pole and a notebook, he wrote the 11 songs that would become Good Morning, Magpie. “There were days where I’d sit down and write for seven hours, make dinner, and then sit down and write late into the night with my little camp light going: just intense, nonstop sessions of pure writing. I’ve never worked that way, ever.”

The band then recorded and self-produced the record in their hometown of Bloomington, IN at Farm Fresh Studios, and later had Trina Shoemaker (two time Grammy Awards winner)mix the tracks. The effort follows their 2008 critically acclaimed Vagrant debut, Red of Tooth and Claw.

This spring, Murder by Death is excited to announce plans to head to mainland Europe for a few weeks of touring before hitting the UK. The dates will follow their fifth full-length record, Good Morning, Magpie, which drops May 17 in the UK via Vagrant Records.

Murder by Deathis: Adam Turla- vocals, guitars, keys, Sarah Balliet- cello and keys, Matt Armstrong- bass and noises, and Dagan Thogerson- drums and percussion.

Catch Murder by Death on tour this Spring:

Jun 4 – Leicester, UK @ The Musician
Jun 5 – Birmingham, UK @ O2 Academy 2
Jun 6 – Glasgow, UK @ King Tuts
Jun 7 – Manchester, UK @ Deaf Institute
Jun 8 – London, UK @ Luminaire
Jun 9 – Oxford, UK @ O2 Academy 2
Jun 10 – Exeter, UK @ Cavern
Jun 12 – Cardiff, UK @ Barfly
Jun 14 – Cork, Ireland @ Crane Lane Theatre
Jun 15 – Dublin, Ireland @ Academy 2

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