In a sentence:
Dark post-punk ranging from high-energy ragers to ghostly, minimalist pieces, ‘When I Have Fears’ is a fine debut from Dublin’s The Murder Capital.
Dark and brooding, the music of Dublin-based quintet The
Murder Capital merges post-punk grit with a twisted take on psychedelic
production as the band explore themes of disillusionment and psychological
trauma. Their debut album, When I Have Fears, focusses on the emotional
torment of the suicide of a friend close to the band, and the music the band
have produced certainly adheres to the confusion and helplessness surrounding
such a tragedy. Ethereal drones and breathless guitar tones decorate driving
lines of drums and bass to create an ominous audio landscape, the perfect foundation
for frontman James McGovern to lay down haunted, baritone vocal lines drenched
in poetic dismay.
When I Have Fears demonstrates The Murder Capital’s
ability to accurately portray the peaks and troughs of unbridled emotion, from
high energy outbursts on tracks such as ‘More Is Less’ and ‘Don’t Cling To Life’,
to the lingering, ghostly atmosphere of ‘On Twisted
Ground’ and ‘How
The Streets Adore Me Now’, that leaves the listener feeling hollow, yet
oddly comforted. Punky angst underpins the entire album, and ‘Feeling Fades’, with
its relentless drive and McGovern’s possessed vocals, demonstrates the band’s
capability of crafting a raging modern punk piece. It is this range of
emotional interpretation whilst maintaining a personal and unique tone that
defines a band.
Due to the themes of this album, it’s difficult to pinpoint
exactly the direction The Murder Capital are going to take with their art. It
will be very interesting to see how this band will approach their next piece of
work and one can only hope they continue to develop a coherent sound. Overall, When
I Have Fears is an admirable debut, and The Murder Capital should be proud
of this dedication to their friend. (7/10) (Jacob Kendrew)
Listen to When I Have Fears by The Murder Capital here via Spotify, and tell us what you think below!
Tags: Cathal Roper, Damien Tuit, Diarmuid Brennan, Gabriel Paschal Blake, Human Season Records, Jacob Kendrew, James McGovern, review, The Murder Capital, When I Have Fears
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