Based on the strength of one live recording of “More is Less,” which went viral on YouTube, and feverish word of mouth from those who have been lucky enough to attend one of the early gigs, The Murder Capital have built a formidable reputation. We can confirm this claim to greatness after seeing the band at this year’s edition of Eurosonic, Groningen and The Great Escape in Brighton. In just over a year, they’ve sold out shows up to 400 people, played with our curator Shame and fellow countrymen Fontaines D.C., who are also playing at our festival. Moreover, they saw themselves get the ‘hype-treatment’ by the media with NME naming them one of their ‘100 Essential New Artists for 2019’.
What strikes you the most during a live show of The Murder Capital is not the heaviness, the bleakness or the rage you might expect, but witnessing a most extreme vision of tenderness. On August 16th, they will release their debut album ‘When I Have Fears’, recorded with Flood (PJ Harvey, Foals, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds...). It will be an embodiment of this tenderness, a purple bruise on the hard knee of the post-punk resurgence. The band described it as ‘not being a labour of love, but a struggle through love, loneliness and grief that now sits weightless upon our five shoulders, not marching, but dancing, into the cold light of day’. It sounds like everything any one of us needs at some point.
''Outrageously exciting. Visually and sonically, it’s a thug’s pantomime, delivered with delicacy.''
- The Guardian