The Murder Capital + Egyptian Blue

Northern Radar & Please Please You presents
The Murder Capital
Egyptian Blue
The Crescent, York
Tuesday 23rd July, 7.30pm
Tickets are £8 in advance (more on the door) and are available from Earworm Records, the venue in person or online via See Tickets.

“Cacophonous noise and stage theatrics that could make them stars very, very soon.”
DIY on Eurosonic

Following the recent announcement of their new single “Green & Blue” and after a last month that has seen them fill The Electric Ballroom at just 7pm for an opening slot to IDLES, and a series of last minute shows that have swelled through word of mouth. The Murder Capital have now announced a new string of UK headline tour dates for July including a first visit to The Crescent in York.

The Murder Capital recently delivered their second single in the form of the 6 minute epic, “Green & Blue”. A tautly wound exercise in both darkness and light, the song has become an early favourite in their lauded live sets and is paired to a striking, foreboding video directed by Ethan Barrett and Tom Gullam:

The Murder Capital ended 2018 as that rare thing: a band tipped from all corners without having released a single song. In an age where people and bands overshare by default, The Murder Capital have been doing the opposite. If you wanted to know about The Murder Capital, you had to get to a show and see for yourself. That’s if you could get in. Based on the caustic strength of one live recording of “More Is Less”, which went viral on YouTube (watch), and feverish word of mouth from those who have been lucky enough to attend these early gigs, The Murder Capital have built a formidable reputation. In just over a year, they’ve sold out shows in their hometown of Dublin (to 400 people), played with Slaves, Shame and fellow countrymen Fontaines DC and seen the likes of the NME, Loud & Quiet, Dork and DIY back them already – with The Irish Times calling them out as Ireland’s best new rock band.

With debut single “Feeling Fades” the band fulfilled their early promise – delivering a propulsive slice of post-punk recorded with Flood (PJ Harvey, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Foals). In one of their rare interviews so far, the band have stated they are driven by the genuine desire to affect cultural change, and when front-man James McGovern repeats the lyric “the now elapsed ‘round you and me, and it kept us all together” on this, their debut single, you start to believe that they’re capable of achieving just that.

“The Murder Capital are as unstinting, honest and vicious as you’d expect the next great punk band torn from the streets of Dublin to be. They see the bar, clear it, and raise it dauntingly high.”
Discovery, The Line Of Best Fit

Egyptian Blue

Inspired by the likes of Gang of Four, Preoccupations and early Foals, Egyptian Blue have earned airplay from Huw Stephens, Jack Saunders, Steve Lamacq, John Kennedy and Tom Ravenscroft for their initial releases including ‘To Be Felt’.

Now the Brighton-based quartet can announce that they’ll release their debut EP ‘Collateral Damage’ on June 21st, which they today preview by sharing the lead track. The EP is released under a new deal with Yala! Records, the label co-founded by former Maccabee Felix White and was recorded by Theo Verney.

If you discovered Egyptian Blue through ‘To Be Felt’, you’ll connect with the dark mania that pulsates throughout the ‘Collateral Damage’ EP. Every element of their fierce and uncompromising sound feels like hypnotism fuelled by psychosis. Their grinding riffs achieve a mesmeric power through brute repetition, while their rhythm section produces taut, nervous energy and intense post-punk grooves in equal measure. Anxious, angsty and foreboding, the title track and new single is driven by Luke Phelps’ propulsive bass. Meanwhile, dual frontmen Andy Buss and Leith Ambrose trade lyrics which explode with vitriol and recriminatory aggression.

Lifelong friends Buss and Ambrose formed Egyptian Blue while at college in Colchester with Phelps. Initially they practiced above a jewellery shop: the epitome of a band reacting to the mundanity of their surroundings. Early jams often devolved into marathon sessions of fourteen hours or more, made all the more chaotic by the amount of whisky they’d share as well as the growing attention of the local police.

Relocating to Brighton, a turning point came at a King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard gig. Seeing a band that well-drilled made them rethink the work ethic that their own project required. The recent addition of drummer Isaac Ide also inspired a darker, more intense direction for the band, together with a fresh rush of creativity.

Northern Radar & Please Please You presents
The Murder Capital
Egyptian Blue
The Crescent, York
Tuesday 23rd July, 7.30pm
Tickets are £8 in advance (more on the door) and are available from Earworm Records, the venue in person or online via See Tickets.