- 05 Oct 17
From the moment John Murry takes to the stage at Whelans, Dublin and opens with a brief discussion about the secession of California from the United States, the audience is transfixed.
An utterly compelling performer who can both bare his soul and make light of the situation, he captures this tone perfectly at the beginning, by joking, “I’m tryin’ to get sensitive here, shut the fuck up.”
In a maroon cravat tie and waistcoat combination, he leads this evening’s band (featuring Jeremy Hickey of R.S.A.G. on drums) through a particularly heavy version of ‘California’, before making avail of his solid rhythm section in order to hammer out a raw ‘Defacing Sunday Bulletins’ next.
Never content to play the same song the same way twice, his approach to ‘One Day (You’ll Die)’ on this occasion brings out the song’s reggae bliss, as opposed at his Electric Picnic slot where it was almost hypnotically atonal. Such is indicative as to why people get excited at each of these shows. The hunger to create and explore means nothing is phoned in, even if that means the surface is not entirely polished.