Concept albums have long been considered the kiss of death in Rock, but you couldn’t prove it with the history and catalog of Bloomington, Ind.,’s Murder by Death. When the group first assembled nine years ago under the moniker Little Joe Gould, their ranks included cellist Sarah Balliet and their sound was a blend of Alt.Country and Punk. Within a couple of years, after the band (Balliet, guitarist Adam Turla, percussionist Alex Schrodt, bassist Matt Armstrong, keyboardist Vincent Edwards) had self-released their debut EP, they felt a name change was in order to reflect their unique brand of dark Roots Rock and evocative Post Punk; they christened themselves after the title of an odd 1976 mystery film spoof called Murder by Death.
It is a testament to Murder by Death’s energy and talent that the band is still churning out vibrantly exciting music that crossroads Punk and galloping Western rhythms after nearly 10 years and does it in the service of conceptually and thoughtfully themed works. They play with The Butchers at The Southgate House.
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