Each week, NUVO speaks to a local music luminary about their favorite new music. Local alt-rockers Murder By Death make this week's picks.
In the interest of full disclosure, I've got to tell you that this Bloomington band was one of the very first that I saw live when I started my freshman year at Indiana University. And they absolutely blew me away. It should be noted that, three albums later, they continue to blow me away. (I've always shown a strong preference to any band that references Virginia Woolf, whiskey and the Devil with regularity.)
Since seeing them for the first time as a freshman, Murder by Death and I have grown up quite a bit. I graduated, and they got picked up by Quentin Tarantino to provide music for the trailer of “Inglorious Basterds.” They've also added Scott Brackett, formerly of Okkervil River, to their lineup officially just last year. Although their sound has constantly evolved, Murder by Death always creates an intoxicating blend of alt-country and rock, with just enough dark, gothic sounds and imagery to be perfectly freaky.
The band is currently touring the States and will set off on a jaunt to Australia in February. Lead vocalist Adam Turla was kind enough to tell me what five records are in constant play on the road, with some help from the rest of the band.