London-based three-piece band MURMAN sing about guilt and sex and fetishism and falling in and out of love and all those things that make life ultimately worth living. with sounds as diverse as the personalities that make up the band.
See our exclusive interview with the band below:
To those not familiar with you, how would you describe your sound? Bruce Springsteen mixed with Nicolas Cage in the movie Vampire Kiss.
Which three albums have influenced you the most creatively? Born in the U.S.A (Bruce Springsteen) -Unknown Pleasures(Joy Division) Brutalism (Idles)
Tell us about the key pieces of equipment that you use to define your sound? A key foundation to our sound is drums, we use a lot of floor tom and snare beats. Taking influence from bands Blondie, and Phil Spector Records like “Be my Baby”, we want the drums to feel like a punch to the gut. Along with that, the guitar sound is super important with us, I use a hollow body Epiphone that feeds back really nicely, the chorus and drive pedals are also key to the sound. Underneath that, a solid bass line is key to bring it all together.
Is there any “non-musical” ingredient that is essential to crafting your sound? Scotch Eggs.
Studio work and music creation, or performing and interacting with a live audience, which do you prefer? Live audience, we work our socks off in the studio so it makes everything so much sweeter when we perform the songs live.
What has been your most memorable performance so far? David- For me, it was our last London show at The Old Blue Last, the venue was packed and everyone was singing our last song at the end, we are a high energy band which I think is key to the performance.
Abbi – for me it has to be Scala last year supporting Lucia and the Best Boys, it’s the biggest stage we’ve ever played on and it’s a great feeling playing your songs in front of strangers for the first time. That was a real bucket list moment for me.
And which performance would you prefer to forget? Michael Jackson at the 1996 Brit Awards, a close second would be every movie with Tom Cruise.
Any new or emerging artists on your radar? Bokito, Seabass, Luxury Apartments.
If you could collaborate with, or perform alongside any artist, who would it be? And why? David -I’m a huge fan of a Nadine Shah, musically I think she’s far more interesting than most at the moment, it would be a dream to work with her.
Abbi – it would have to be Warpaint. Stella Mozgawa is an incredible drummer and they’re incredibly unique in their production and sound. Either them or The Big Moon, it’s a tough decision!
If you weren’t a musician what would you be? An aspiring one.
Trent Reznor once said “To me, rock music was never meant to be safe. I think there needs to be an element of intrigue, mystery, subversiveness. Your parents should hate it.” What are your thoughts on this statement? I agree, ultimately nothing is really new anymore. I suppose the more mystery in an artist the better, I’ll never forget The XX when they first came out, the marketing on billboards was just an X, brilliant.
Tell us about any upcoming shows or releases you have in the pipeline. Past COVID 19 we are hoping our 27th June show at The Victoria London goes ahead. It will be bigger than the Take That come back (not including when Robbie came back)