Cursed Murphy is coming home
One of county Wexford's most prolific creative artists will be making a return to his native county and the south east later this month for two very special performances.
Cursed Murphy versus the Resistance is the braindchild of Enniscorthy songwriter, author and broadcaster, Peter Murphy.
The band's new single, 'The Bells of Hell', will be released on all digital platforms on Thursday, October 10, and that fact will be marked by a special launch show that night in The Sky & Ground, Wexford.
The band will also play Andrew's Lane Theatre, Waterford, on Friday October 25, as part of the Imagine Arts Festival.
With two very well received books to his name, 'John the Revelator' and 'Shall We Gather at the River', Cursed Murphy versus the Resistance is the platform through which Peter Murphy exercises, or possibly exorcises, his musical demons.
The band's new single displays all of the ingredients that make the act one of the most unique to ever emerge from the model county.
Beginning with a fantastic, repetitive guitar motif that invokes a space oddity type vibe the lyrics tell the tale of a man who embarks on a crash course in self destruction and discovery.
The music gradually builds in perfect accompaniment as the hero of the story has an epiphany about Jesus and the illusion of Hell.
If Jim Morrison had lived to experience life in the 21st century it's not hard to imagine him embracing Cursed Murphy versus the Resistance as a creative ally.
Murphy is a wonderful lyricist but it's the manner with which he delivers the song's message is what makes this a wonderful rollercoaster ride.
There is a brilliant rhyming quality to the lines and the sincerity of the vocal delivery is as authentic as it gets.
'The sh*t I've seen is biblical' screams the hero in despair as the reality of the decadent world around him exposes itself.
The music throughout is fantastic and adds greatly to the overall theatrical qualities of the song.
If there is such a thing as aural theatre Cursed Murphy versus the Resistance excel at it.
The single clocks in at just under two-and-a-half minutes and as such is perfect.
With elements of punk poetry and angst-laden music it's a track that hints at something truly special in terms of the forthcoming album from which it comes.
Commenting on the track Murphy said the title comes from a World War I aviators' song which he first encountered in Brendan Behan's play 'The Hostage'.
As for the rest of it, he commented: 'I was shooting for somewhere between Iggy, the Pogues and William Blake; you might as well aim high.'
Murphy's work has been translated and published in Germany, Italy, France, the Czech Republic, Holland, Germany, Serbia and Romania as well as the UK, US, Canada and Australia.
As a solo artist he has been invited to perform in New York, London, Rome, Berlin, Boston and Tranås, Sweden.
The Resistance is composed of some of Wexford and Ireland's foremost musicians including: Dan Comerford (Frankenstein Bolts), and a four-piece drum squad made up of the Gangnus sisters Rebecca, Tamara and Jasmin, and Kevin Dillon.
Best described as a punk theatre, spoken-word, rock 'n' roll band, the forthcoming gigs are sure to produce fireworks and leave an impression.
The first Cursed Murphy single 'Foxhole Prayer', released last September was chosen as Hot Press magazine's track of the day, and received airplay at home and on the BBC.
Since then Peter Murphy and his collaborators have generated a reputation as a powerful live act with the new album due for release in 2020.
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