- 21 Feb 20
The track is a blend of spoken word, 70s groove and post-rock.
Cursed Murphy have released a new track, titled 'This Cursed Earth', the third single off their upcoming debut album Cursed Murphy Versus the Resistance. It's accompanied by a simplistic, yet mesmerising black and white music video.
'This Cursed Earth', described as "Lou Reed meets the Specials in a dark alley haunted by Lynton Kwesi Johnson", mixes spoken word with groovy post-rock guitars, showcasing their moodier and subtler side.
It's inspired by frontman, writer and spoken-word poet Peter Murphy's love of a Judge Dredd series that appeared in 2000AD in the summer of 1978. There’s also a snatch of the gospel of Thomas thrown into the chorus for good luck.
Cursed Murphy are the musical incarnation of Peter Murphy, author of the novels John the Revelator and Shall We Gather at the River, and presenter of Cursed Murphy’s Podcast. The Resistance are guitarist Dan Comerford, plus a four-piece drum squad made up of the Gangnus sisters Rebecca, Tamara and Jasmin, and Kevin Dillon.
The sextet, who describe themselves as a mutant ninja spoken-word punk rock ‘n’ roll band, produces a wall of noise that splices spit-and-vinegar vocal delivery with theatrical psychodrama and warlike Alfaia rhythms. Their debut album Cursed Murphy Versus the Resistance will be released in May.