Murky Red on Progarchives!
BIG NEWS!!!!!!!! Murky Red have been added to the Progarchives of fame. At last we have been accepted as loonies! What an achievement, thanks to a few collaborators who wanted us on Progarchives and did their very best to make this done! And thanks to Angelo Hulshout for posting this picture as our profile picture, it will surely help to come over as the serious people that we are (our nose is growing…). Nick Katona, the president of our own record label, is the culprit who created the picture. Find our PA profile HERE.Read more...
Top review from Peter Skov
Look what we’ve got from Peter Skov (Progarchives), who wrote on his blog such a great tasting, well spiced review of No Pocus Without Hocus! Do we love this? Ow yes, we’re walking around like proud roosters!! Thanks Peter! From his personal Facebook page: “If their musical style was a human life form, it would be the love child of Deep Floyd, The Black Doors, and Led Sabbath. Slayer and Monty Python were the nannies.” -from the Murky Red web site. You can read the full review here on Peter’s blog. Excerpt from the review: Special mention must go to Stef Flaming’s voice. Though he aspired not to be the band’s vocalist, his deep, almost Johnny-Cash-goes-ominous-elder-hippy quality suits the sound of the band just perfectly. Flaming guested as vocalist on Corvus Stone’s cover of Murky Red’s song Boots for Hire and in turn, Corvus Stone guitarist Colin Tench plays lead on this album’s track Collateral Damage. In fact, Tench was responsible for the mixing of both Murky Red albums, and I believe he’s done a stellar job of rendering their sound. A review of this album album would not be complete with saying a few words about the lyrics. Though I honestly haven’t listened carefully to each song’s lyrics, the humorous and quirky ones do tend to stand out. “I smoked all my hashtags with some pixilated friends,” from Pixilated Friends is the first to have arrested my ears. As the amusingly titled Stoned and Horny floats through a spacey segment, Flaming utters, “For those who don’t understand this song, this is the stoned part, yeah”. “The trick is to get back to the horny,” he muses.A Wooden Groove begins as a song with lyrics but soon Flaming tells us that, “The rest of the song will be all instrumental”. Indeed it is with a thundering, cantering thrash conclusion. I have to say that Mermaids is also an excellent tune combining the lighter side with the rockier and including the image-conjuring lines, “Mermaids, m-m-m mermaids / fish tails everywhere / mermaids, m-m-m mermaids / fish sticks in the air”. The album No Pocus without Hocus is an excellent piece of work and fans of heavy guitar rock with a thick stoner crust and a Floydian mantle will surely enjoy this. However, those who prefer a more progressive aspiration will not be disappointed, particularly with the closing track, Elena.Read more...
Review in Music Waves
Today we received a magnificent surprise in the shape of a brand new review of our album ‘No Pocus Without Hocus’. The crew of Music Waves hit the nail on the head regarding our influences and style! Thank you very much guys!!! The original review is in French on the website of Music Waves: Murky Red: No Pocus Without Hocus (2015). Written by Tonyb. Rating: 4 stars out of 5. Below you can read the translated version to the English. Murky Red is a Belgian band founded in 2009 and author of a debut album in 2012, “Time Doesn’t Matter”, mixed and mastered by the now famous (at least for our regular readers) Colin Tench (Corvus Stone, Minstrel’s Ghost among others). After a short hiatus, the band is back in 2015 with their second effort, with the humorous title, “No Pocus Without Hocus ” probably a reference to the glorious music of the 70s, still under the wings of Colin Tench who plays some guitar riffs on ‘Collateral Damage’. And it’s really the beginning of this decade (or even before) where their inspiration comes from and transpires behind this new album. When listening to these eleven tracks, expect to dive into the era of psychedelic rock, including Floyd era Syd Barrett among others, but also a great come-back to the beginnings of hard rock, glory days of Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple or others such as Black Sabbath. Sprinkled with nice references to the Doors, the voice of Stef Flaming often evoking the warm and deep tone of Jim Morrison, so everything comes back to the beautiful years of rock pioneers. The set is mostly dominated by the guitars of Stef Flaming and Patrick Dujardin, sometimes aggressive (‘Pixelated Friends’, ‘A Wooden Groove’ …), sometimes planing to David Gilmour’s style at its best, when it is not downright the great Mark Knopfler who is invited on ‘Bad Wolf of the Pack’ of which the intro has a floydian sound that turns into the Dire Straits accompanied by percussions like Santana! But where some “guitar heroes” may go a little too far to show off their virtuosity, Murky Red remains tremendously well balanced; the band brings songs who are varied, joyfully mixing very spacey floydian passages with guitar solos scratching deliciously your ears! The connection with Corvus Stone, Colin Tench’s band, clearly appears in this blend of genres with a seeming limitless inspiration. Emblematic track of this proximity, ‘Elena’, concludes this album by summarizing perfectly the great variety of styles and ambience participating in the “back-there” taste which accompanies the listening experience of these eleven pleasing tracks. Passed completely under the Music Waves radar up till now, Murky Red deserves the attention of not only progressive rock enthusiasts, but also to the 70’s rock, when the absence of a music format gave free rein to unbridled inspiration. It is ultimately gratifying to notice that this spirit continues more than 4 decades later! Screenshot of the Music Waves website’s homepage:Read more...
OCT 2015, 27th
PRIVATE GIG IN ANTWERP
For a selected public existing of Belgian music pro’s.
No tickets available. Other public not allowed.
JULY 2016, 17th
GIG IN LINTER
Gig in Linter (Tienen). Details will be announced later.