March 13, 2012 19:30
The Croft, 117 – 119 Stokes Croft, Bristol, BS1 3RW
Father Murphy, Muddy Miles, Isola
Ticket link: http://www.the-croft.com
The Diogenes Club presents Father Murphy – Italian trio championed by the likes of Julian Cope, Deerhoof and Michael Gera for their unique psychedelic slow tempo rock doom. Support comes from Muddy Miles and Isola.
The Diogenes Club Presents
Father Murphy – An Italian trio comprised by freddie (vocals, guitar), Chiara Lee (vocals, keyboards, percussions) and Vittorio Demarin (drums, viola, vocals). Born in Treviso, Northern Italy, from the ashes of Federico’s several previous musical projects, Father Murphy with two albums and a plethora of ep’s and limited releases became one of the most mysterious and enigmatic musical entities coming out of Italy. If their first album Six Musicians getting unknown was still somewhat rooted in twisted psychedelic pop and sounded vaguely related to Os Mutantes (Brazil) and Italian psych pop masters Jennifer Gentle, the second record, with “…and He told us to turn to the Sun” they did a significant step ahead – out of every familiar musical genre and right into the darkness. Recorded in a church between the end of 2007 and the beginning of 2008, And He told us to turn to the sun maybe was born like a rather weird attempt to a concept album about religion, but surely sounds like a collection of dark, foreboding songs that crawl and twist and hiss like that old biblical serpent. Think of Gnostic masses, kabbalistic chanting, chiming little bells, tinny Gregorian-like drones played on toy-keyboards and the subtle but inescapable influence of 70’s Italian horror rock acts like Jacula and soundtrack masters Goblin and Ennio Morricone, and you will have some of the ingredients that make Father Murphy’s music. Add a good deal of lunacy and enough humour to keep the gloom away (just because you cannot take yourself that seriously) and the album is here, in all its strangely beguiling simplicity: an uneasy, compelling, furiously heretic yet sandblasted in Catholicism little album that could come only out of Italy. Warmly embraced in the recent years also by both the UK and the US press, winning fans like Julian Cope, Deerhoof and Michael Gira.
Muddy Miles – “Bristol based trio bring sounds that combine Pink Floyds live in Pompeii experience to a sudden wall of sound that is as heavy as Mogwai or Tool. With a chaotic live show, Muddy Miles bring a much needed refreshing experience to rock music today.”