- 30 Mar 21
Murry's upcoming new album, 'The Stars Are God’s Bullet Holes', will be released on June 25th via Submarine Cat Records.
Mississippi-born musician John Murry has shared the quirky music video for ‘Oscar Wilde (Came Here To Make Fun Of You)’, directed by Game of Thrones and Peaky Blinders actor/director Aidan Gillen.
The witty track is the lead single from Murry's forthcoming third album The Stars Are God’s Bullet Holes. The exciting EP was produced by John Parish (PJ Harvey, Eels, Aldous Harding, This Is the Kit) at Rockfield Studios in Monmouth. Now based in Ireland, Murry has released two critically acclaimed albums, his 2012 debut The Graceless Age and 2017 follow-up A Short History Of Decay.
The Stars Are God’s Bullet Holes features startling imagery and insinuating melodies, burning honesty, unsparing intimacy and twisted beauty. It’s a record that shares its predecessors’ lyrical ingenuity, but this time the sadness is shot through with humour - albeit of a spectacularly black nature.
Aidan Gillen’s video for lead single ‘Oscar Wilde (Came Here To Make Fun Of You’) includes a puppet version of Murry and the musician himself, while the lyrics explore the turbulence capturing the US's spirit.
“I had this idea of John floating around my house – or did that happen in real life? – anyways I liked the idea of a John puppet floating around upside down and mentioned this to him," Gillen said.
"His ex had made this puppet with an uncanny likeness and I used whatever technology I had to hand to try and make something that looked nice for the puppet part. I mean, it’s not all in focus, but there's a bit too much of that these days.”
I bought fertiliser and brake fluid / Who in the hell am I supposed to trust? / Sympathy ends in gas chambers / Oklahoma City shoulda been enough, the opening lyrics state.
Murry comments on the song's initial lyrics, stating:
"It’s one of the many moments on the record where violence – emotional or physical – rears up, but there’s a point to that. The violence in the songs, it's not to glorify it. Oklahoma City really should have been enough. These things are going on and on in the United States.”
Murray was raised in Tupelo and adopted at birth into the family of renowned Southern author, the Nobel Laureate William Faulkner. Undiagnosed autism led to a troubled childhood and eventually to heroin addiction and a near fatal overdose in San Francisco, harrowingly memorialised in the song ‘Little Coloured Balloons’ from The Graceless Age. The incredible debut was made with the help of Murry’s early mentor, the late Tim Mooney of American Music Club, while A Short History Of Decay was produced Michael Timmins of Cowboy Junkies, who connected with Murry after he had supported the outfit in Glasgow.
Murry and John Parish quickly established a deep bond while making album number three.
“Trust matters a great deal,” Murry says. “All my mad ideas, John would facilitate those fully, and get the value of them.”
“John works instinctively and openly in the studio, and his songs are uncomfortably honest and revealing at times,” adds Parish. “I think he encourages co-conspirators. He’s quick to identify and enlist whatever skills are in the room at any one time. I hope that I gave him the freedom to pursue outlandish ideas, and the confidence to know that someone was keeping track of them and would know how to fit the puzzle pieces together.”
A stark and subdued version of Duran Duran’s track ‘Ordinary World’ is included on The Stars Are God’s Bullet Holes - a song which resonated deeply with Murry.
“In a sense I have. I realise now I can come back from things like trauma and the decisions I have made. Ordinary for me has become just a matter of accepting who I am relative to what I do. I've pulled out each and every one of my ribs at night when I sleep. I don't need God to do it.”
Pre-order The Stars Are God’s Bullet Holes here:
Watch the video for 'Oscar Wilde (Came Here To Make Fun Of You)' below: