The band just released release its sophomore album. From the Stillhouse features 11 tracks blending familiar folk/bluegrass melodies and chord structures with tales of death, murder and revenge. In fact, they’ve coined the term Bloodgrass, and for once, the genre fits the music.
While the lyrics weave from traditional sounding ballads to the disturbing, violent imagery often reserved for far more aggressive sounding acts, Murder Murder somehow manage to twist even the darkest stories into sweet, toe-tapping dance numbers.
The musicianship is top-shelf and is led by the melodies of Saint John, New Brunswick native Geoff McCausland, whose lightening fast fiddle blazes a bloody trail for his band mates to follow. There are no slouches among these musicians. The music is tight, the harmonies are beautiful and the vocals are big and bold. While McCausland is a more recent addition to the group’s lineup, his influence can be felt throughout each track, helping to enforce the “grass” in “bloodgrass”.
Murder Murder have definitely cut their own path and on this new release, tragedy never sounded so sweet.
Catch the band performing Sunday during Feels Good Folly Fest 2015.