IMP are proud and somewhat in awe of the potential of this show, which really shows the eclectic side of our programme
Wed 27th May 2015
Advance tickets £6.50 at this link http://www.wegottickets.com/event/306136
Father Murphy is the sound of the Catholic sense of Guilt. A downward spiral aiming at the bottom of the hollow, and then digging even deeper.
After having furiously performed all over Europe, toured North America with Deerhoof, Dirty Beaches and Xiu Xiu, been praised by the Archdruid Julian Cope, among lots of others, the latest installment of their unique sonic saga was a concept EP on Failure; like the previous record (“Anyway, your children will deny it” among the best 50 albums of 2012 for Rock-a-Rolla Magazine) the new piece was mixed and produced by Deerhoof's Greg Saunier. A new album, Croce (Italian for Cross), recorded by Deerhoof's John Dieterich in New Mexico during the band extensive 2014 US tours, and mixed by Greg Saunier, will then be released next March 17th by San Francisco based label The Flenser. Father Murphy, with four albums and a plethora of EPs and limited releases, over the years became one of the most mysterious and enigmatic musical entities coming out of Italy, part of that community that Simon Reynolds started to call the new “Italian Occult Psychedelia”.
Italy’s fabulously lawless organ-guitar-drums trio Father Murphy, who have – with their colossal new album Anyway Your Children Will Deny It – delivered a disc of exhilarating vocal harmonies, low church organ themes, and flipped out heathen tantrums all exquisitely staged and performed with that same theatrical drama as early This Heat or JA Caesar... Released on Aagoo Records, this is a haunting and superb work that you really must check out- Julian Cope, Head Heritage
When I played a non-band set in Oakland, California, opening for the Italian band Father Murphy, they completely floored me. I had never heard of them until then, but their album And He Told Us Not To Turn to the Sun packs some of the most original, beautiful music I'd heard in a long time – think eerily spacious songs with strange yet perfect arrangements. And such nice people! I'm a huge fan – John Dieterich (Deerhoof) as interviewed by The Independent
The dead-eyed chants, keyboard drones and bone-dry rhytms of Italian Father Murphy's second album conjure up a funereal atmosphere somewhere between homemade Morricone and toytown Goblin... That ol'devil Dario would surely approve - Joseph Stannard, The Wire
Recently watching the 1974 "classic" Nude for Satan confirmed that A: Italian art can often be simultaneously Catholic and subversive and B: they make music that's fantastically fxxxed up... There are elements of Michael Gira's shabby grandeur crossed with the improvised drum racket of My Cat is an Alien. Their guitars seem infected with distortion and the percussion blends rowing rhythms with sea spray cymbals. The whole procession keeps shifting focus so that you can't be sure if they are winking or wincing - Eric Hill, EXCLAIM!
Father Murphy delve further into the prog horror sound of 2008 …And He told us to turn to the Sun, with a poundling Gialloesque score that suggests a band who've studied Messiaen's Messe de la Pentecote alongside Os Mutantes and spotted a deep and true connection - MOJO
It is no surprise that Julian Cope is a big fan of this eccentric Italian trio, their second album sounds genuinly gothic but somehow manages to invoke other disparate influences – John Lewis, Uncut
I'll put an extra shilling in the collection plate if Reverend freddie Murphy has been ordained. There's chanting and banging and bells-a-plenty, a peculiar hymnal to the art of noise. Throughouth, the percussions, strangulated sounds, epic songstitles and conceptual doom as if the world's faiths are administering the last rites over the rattlin' bones of Liars. If the papists hear this, there'll be excommunication for Reverend Fred.
Amen to that - Luke Turner, NME
Where to start? Highly recommended, we don’t know how to tell you about it... wonderful... - The Organ Magazine
Early Velvet Underground or something like that may be somewhere to draw a comparison to, but this is much more twisted up - Boston Hassle
Compliments to Michael Gira for pointing Dream Magazine in the direction of this intriguing Italian psychedelic outfit… This is definitely a band to keep an eye and ear open for. -George Parsons, Dream Magazine
Howie’s debut album, Friendly Demons was described thus in The List: "As inventive and playful as it is richly emotional...his approach to bass is beautifully expressive, melodic and thoughtful, but also takes in flamenco-style flourishes, charging post-punk grooves, choppy, percussive passages and one surprisingly violent bout of chaos." Latest album We Are In Repair was released on vinyl and download in September on Liverpool's DIY Art label Product Records.
Howie and Mike Watt (Minutemen, Iggy and the Stooges) are due to release a 7" of bass duets later in 2015, too.
Here's a good interview: http://nicolameighan.wordpress.com/2013/07/28/interview-howie-reeve/
Here's a good live review:http://ears4eyes.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/king-ayisoba-zea-howie-reeve-wed-9th.html
Ashley Park is the moniker for singer/songwriter, Craig Henderson. Inspired by the introspective frontment of the early 90s emo scene and musicianship of traditional guitar players like Tommy Emmanuel and Chet Atkins, all of these influences are evident in Ashley Park’s own brand of emo-folk with comparisons having been made to acts such as Sun Kil Moon and American Football. Starting back in 2007 by immediately self releasing an EP before playing live, Ashley Park started off supporting punk and metal bands in his local music scene of Aberdeen, and equalling their intensity with his powerful vocal delivery and intricate guitar playing. These small DIY shows led to Ashley Park’s later habit of usually playing his shows on a stool in amongst the audience. Since then, Ashley Park has toured Europe supporting Jonah Matranga, (Far, Gratitude), Garett Klahn (Texas Is The Reason), and Jason Orlovitch (Polite Sleeper), all of this in support of his two EPs (5 and Songs for Friends) and two full length studio albums (Silent Comedy and Tuesday). The new EP, The Crown, is set for release on April 11th 2015 in digital download and a limited run of coloured cassettes.