- 25 Apr 19
A moving, mesmerising, disturbing 7-minute epic from one of the most exciting bands in Ireland at the moment.
They've been held up alongside the likes of Fontaines D.C. and Just Mustard in recent month as examples of guitar bands turning punk/rock/post-punk inside-out in Ireland - but really and truly, The Murder Capital have carved out a unique place for themselves with their excoriating brand of music and lyricism.
'Green & Blue' is the follow up to the band's first single 'Feeling Fades'. Before that was released, The Murder Capital were already receiving a huge buzz due to their blistering live shows.
Safe to say - judging by these two singles alone - The Murder Capital are living up to the hype. 'Green & Blue' is held together by a rumbling bassline and drum beat, which hand the reins over to the band's urgent guitars and to James McGovern's freewheeling voice.
The result is a deeply moving odyssey of emotion, as the singer promises an unnamed addressee that he'll "correlate the blue the green and blue the green for you."
The video is also a breathtaking thing in itself. Like a Rob Doyle novel, it features young Dublin people - including members of the band - in almost suffocating mental isolation, even in social situations. It builds to a poignant, disturbing finale as the last notes ring out.
In the new issue of Hot Press, James McGovern confirmed to us that the song was recorded with Flood (U2, Nick Cave, New Order), and that the producer would also be making their first album.
"His understanding of what you need and how to interact with you is superb," he told us. "He's incredible to record with and has become a great friend. There's a trust there, we're really lucky to have him. We're going to record the album with him."
Listen to 'Green & Blue' here and buy the new Hot Press in stores or order it below: