Time flies by too quick – between work and family I rapidly lose track of my time. But alas, I have carved a space of time today to post an update. My New Years resolution will be to be more active in my updates. Well enough excuses and on to my review of the new Murder the Stout EP. Oh and please forgive any grammatical errors as my editor had to work today.
On November 30th, I went to The Firebird for the Street Dogs Wreck the Halls tour. My main reason for going was to see Murder the Stout from Houston. Being that they are from the Lone Star state, I had figured my odds of seeing them live would be fairly slim. The whole evening was great, two local punk bands Opposites Attack and Scene of Irony plus Murder the Stout and the Street Dogs. My highlight was seeing Murder the Stout. The energy and showmanship of the band was awesome. My favorite song of the evening was Six O’Clock Swill off their new EP (number 17 on Paddy Rocks Best of 2011.) I want to thank Kevin Murphy and Hugh Morrison for putting up with my semi drunk ramblings and also for the copy of their EP. I did give some support to them by purchasing a t-shirt and sticker for the Paddy Wagon earlier in the evening (I owe you guys a buck though because I accidentally got two stickers.)
As you can see there are several standards along with a couple of original songs. A few of the traditional songs I was not familiar with to give a comparison of but all in all, the songs are full of energy and craft and Hugh’s distinctive voice that makes creates a new listening experience. The highlight for me, as was at the concert, is Six O’Clock Swill. I have had “One last call, one last call for the Six O’Clock swill” going through my head for a good portion of the last 10 days. The song is catchy with great lyrics and melody. This song is a great example of why I love this genre – the band has created something original but the roots of where their inspiration came from. Of the standards, I really enjoyed their version of Foggy Dew. I would have to rank it second, topped only by Sinead O’Connor with the Chieftains.
In conclusion, I would highly recommend the EP to anyone. It rocks while still containing the traditional feel and essence that would appeal to the purist. You can download the EP here.