Cursed Murphy Versus the Resistance release their new single ‘This Is Not Your Love Song’ to mark Saint Valentine’s Day on February 14. The tune, co-written and produced with Cillian and Lorcan Byrne from Basciville, mixed by Resistance member Johnny Fox, is an industrial/dance banger that pays homage to the great practitioners of the backhanded love song: Leonard Cohen, Mary Margaret O’Hara, Serge Gainsbourg, Jacques Brel, Nina Simone, Chavela Vargas and Mahalia Jackson. Certain listeners will also note a nod to Public Image Limited in the title.
The single’s macabre cover image is from a painting by band member Tamara Gangnus. The track’s release will be accompanied by a video conceived in collaboration with the Creative Youth Lab, the youth-based think-tank that operates out of Wexford Arts Centre, headed up by Cursed Murphy (writer and performer Peter Murphy) and artist Jeni Roddy. The group, which comprises fledgling Irish and international artists, hatched the video’s concept, mapped out storyboards and designed costume and props. The accompanying behind-the-scenes shots were taken by CYL participant Estelle Mareckova.
‘This Is Not Your Love Song’ is the latest single to be released from Cursed Murphy Versus the Resistance’s second album Republic of the Weird, voted spoken-word album of the year by Hot Press magazine. This eight-piece art-rock Brechtian-punk-poetry-performance ensemble, based in Wexford, have been variously compared to the Velvet Underground, Tom Waits, Lou Reed, Gavin Friday, Whipping Boy and Nick Cave.
“Rock ‘n’ roll for a new reality, the piper at the gates of dusk, a soundtrack for those about to slip under, this second Cursed Murphy Versus The Resistance album takes you down into the Republic Of The Weird that is the inside of Peter Murphy’s head. Roll up, roll up.” – Hot Press
“They come out of the traps all guns blazing on the opening triptych: the quiet, menacing Nick Cave-like snarl of Something Wicked This Way Comes, the burbling kookiness of the title track and the clipped, shady rock ‘n’ roll rollick of Hold That Line, which explodes in a fiery outburst of Nine Inch Nails-style guitars. It’s easy to ascertain Murphy’s literary background; most of these songs are exceedingly visual, with the quiet intensity of The Agony of the Leaves vividly recounting the painful unravelling of a complicated love affair ahead of a Morricone-esque climax.” – Irish Times
“A rich tapestry of instrumentation that brings in cinematic post-rock as a bed for Murphy’s urgent storytelling.” – Nialler 9
“You will have to search long and hard to find anything that approaches the accomplishment of this record. It is spoken word, it is ambience, it is enthralling with a poetic lyricism that makes you pause because that last adjective or phrase you just listened to has a significant place in your own cultural psyche and you can't quite put your finger on it. Is it tribal? No. But it possesses sufficient tribalism to touch the racial subconscious. Can it answer questions? Maybe, or perhaps it will prompt you to look deeper into the received perceptions, secular, transcendent, metaphysical. These 10 songs are simply magnificent. You must listen to them.”
– The Daily Earworm
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Republic of the Weird is the second album from Cursed Murphy Versus the Resistance, the eight-piece ensemble based in Wexford, Ireland, led by writer and musician Peter Murphy. It’s the follow-up to their hugely acclaimed eponymous debut, released in 2020.
The new album’s ten tracks were co-produced by Peter, Dan Comerford and Johnny Fox, written throughout 2020 and 2021, and recorded in Rosslare Strand last autumn, shortly after the band’s sojourn with the Culture Ireland-supported Here/There art exhibition to Wuppertal and Berlin. The album was mixed by Johnny the following spring, with additional production and co-writing by Kilmore duo Basciville on ‘This Is Not Your Love Song’, an industrial-disco banger somewhere between Leonard Cohen and Nine Inch Nails.
If Cursed Murphy Versus the Resistance was a head-on collision between post-punk, performance-poetry and ambient atmospheres, this new album integrates orchestral elements, using analogue synthesizers, multi-tracked violin and choral parts alongside the band’s trademark noise guitar and propulsive rhythms. Thematically, the tracks range from sinister carnival calls (‘Something Wicked This Way Comes’) to eruptions of anger and compassion (‘Hold That Line’), existential bewilderment (the title track), songs of lost love (‘The Agony of the Leaves’), trauma and war (‘Upon That Hill’, ‘Federal Hall’).
“Republic of the Weird refers to the state we’ve been living in for the past five or six years,” Peter says. “It’s about what happens when a generation of people who grew up on punk and electronic music, on dark sci-fi and speculative books and films, wake up one day to realise that their world has started to look like a present-day dystopia. But the feeling is strangely hopeful and inspiring too. We’re proud of the sound and the spirit of this record. It’s an album about future shock, but also hope and resilience.”
Republic of the Weird will be preceded by the title track’s release for streaming and download on October 21, plus an accompanying video. Cursed Murphy Versus the Resistance play a hometown album launch show at The Crown Live, Wexford, November 5th, the closing night of the Fringe Festival.
“Fiery poetry and prophesy. Fantastic album.” – Paul McCloone, Today FM.
“...A firebrand recording that sounds like both an eloquent state of the world sermon and a raging industro-art rock howl of rage in these benighted times. Murphy is caught in a fire-zone between rage and vulnerability, but he ends with a defiant poem of uplift in the moving ‘We Are Dead Stars’, a parting bolt of passion and conviction that puts it simply - give out but don’t give up. Flame on, Peter Murphy.” – Alan Corr, RTE
“Songs that dart between bombastic political statements (‘Burn Hibernia Burn’) and compelling vernacular. Combined with the cacophonic, tempestuous Jinx Lennon-esque punk vibe that dominates the track-list, it’s an album that rewards more and more with every listen.” - Lauren Murphy, Irish Times
“Cursed Murphy Versus the Resistance is not an album made to be ignored… It yells, it screams, it howls, to be heard… The album conveys many of the frustrations and loss felt by a génération perdue.” – The Last Mixed Tape
September 30th 2022
''We are absouletly delighted to announce the release of our brand new EP 'Window To The World'
We worked so hard crafting our sound, raising money, doing rehearsals and playing gigs all over the country. Blood, sweat and tears all went in to the making of this. And Friday the 30th of September it will be out and infecting your ears. Thank you so much for your support on our journey.
Love you all xx''
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