Wednesday, October 3, 2012

CD Review: Murder By Death Are "Bitter" On New Release

From Bloomington, IN comes the return of Murder By Death with a brand new album entitled “Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon.” This album follows their break-through album “Good Morning, Magpie,” which was the band’s first album to crack the Billboard “Top 200” album chart. They also started a project on to raise money for this new album and they became the third highest earning band ever, raising over $180,000.

The album begins with the slow, gentle acoustics of “My Hill” as Adam Turla’s vocals lie dark and deep within the storied lyrics of the song. The album begins to open up with the country backdrop of “Lost River” then, the band finally plugs in for the rock groove of “Straight At The Sun.” The album’s first single, “I Came Around” perfectly captures their up-tempo, Americana sound that ranks up there with Mumford & Sons and the Avett Brothers. Murder By Death quickens the pace as Turla’s vocals reflect that of a younger Johnny Cash. The band’s songwriting shines on the quick, dark storytelling of “The Curse of Elkhart,” then the band opens the floodgates with the slow-building “Ramblin’.” The album closes with the country sounds of “Ghost Fields” as Turla’s voice sounds like it aged throughout the course of the album.

Murder By Death is starting their month-long tour in support of the band Say Anything. Their new album, “Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon” was released on September 25 through Bloodshot Records. For more information, please visit

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