There are innumerable songwriters out there that can write smart lyrics. But you can't guarantee that they can portray the underlying, raw emotions beyond that immediate lyrical work. That finesse is epitomised by the Murder Capital.
The Irish fivesome have as much integrity as you could ever ask for in a group of musicians. Their debut album lays bare their vulnerability in ten heart-wrenching tracks. Divulging into grief, loneliness and merciless self-reflection, When I Have Fears is a monumental step in the right direction to combat toxic masculinity in the music industry, as well as a glorious concoction of husky, poignant vocals and beautifully dark guitar riffs. Not one for the summer party.
Ominous opening track ‘For Everything’ is gritty albeit instantaneously tender. Frontman James McGovern spits out every word with the utmost passion over a tasty background of rippling guitars.
‘More Is Less’ follows, and is a short, sharp standout of the record. Dripping in post-punk ferocity, McGovern gives a verbal eye roll as he finishes his verses with “...and I love it” - cue to an influx of shredding instrumental goodness and violent vocals.
Latest single ‘Green and Blue’ shows why the Murder Capital have accumulated so much praise and attention in such a short space of time. Its distinctive riff and punctuating vocals descend into a gentle and angelic outro, yet again displaying their versatility and early maturity as a band.
‘On Twisted Ground’ is really quite shocking in sheer poignancy. Beginning stripped back to almost an acoustic level and subtly building itself up over the course of six glorious minutes, this track is not for the faint hearted. ‘Don’t Cling To Life’ is electric in its energy, and another brutally impactful piece under an upbeat guise.
In conclusion, there’s not a bad (or even mediocre) moment on When I Have Fears. If you’re looking for a record with real depth and beauty to stick your teeth into, look no further than here. You may have fears too, but you needn’t have any as far as whether the Murder Capital will meet your expectations with this tremendous debut album.
Their UK tour dates are here, full headline tour dates are below:
23/08/19 – Cabaret Vert – Charleville Mezieres, FR
25/08/19 – Rock En Seine – Paris, FR
30/08/19 – Into The Great Wide Open – Vlieland, NL
01/09/19 – End of the Road – Salisbury, UK
07/09/19 – Misty Fields Festival – Asten-Heusden, NL
26/09/19 – Death Disco – Athens, GR
07/10/19 – The Exchange – Bristol, UK
08/10/19 – Bodega Social Club – Nottingham, UK
10/10/19 – Dome, Tuffnell Park – London, UK
11/10/19 – The Haunt – Brighton, UK
12/10/19 – Castle & Falcon – Birmingham, UK
14/10/19 – Brudenell Social Club – Leeds, UK
15/10/19 – The Mash House – Edinburgh, UK
16/10/19 – King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut – Glasgow, UK
18/10/19 – YES (The Pink Room) – Manchester, UK
19/10/19 – Ritual Union – Oxford, UK
20/10/19 – Swn Fest – Cardiff, UK
25/10/19– London Calling – Amsterdam, Netherlands
26/10/19 – V11 – Rotterdam, NL
28/10/19 – Le Grand Mix – Tourcoing, FR
29/10/19– Portobello – Caen, FR
31/10/19 – Le Rocher de Palmer – Bordeaux, FR
01/11/19 – La Rex – Toulouse, FR
02/11/19 – La Paloma – Nimes, FR
04/11/19 – Joker’s Pub – Angers, FR
06/11/19 – Nouveau Casino – Paris, FR
08/11/19 – L’Autre Canal – Nancy, FR
09/11/19 – La Poudriere – Belfort, FR
10/11/19 – Sonic City – Kortrijk, Belgium
12/11/19 – Molotow Musikclub – Hamburg, DE
13/11/19 – Music und Frieden – Berlin, DE
14/11/19 – Artheater – Cologne, DE