Major Murphy follows up their debut long play 'No. 1' with a set of bedroom recordings archiving a time when Jacob Bullard was discovering his voice as a songwriter and the band was finding their footing within that space. Named after the house in Grand Rapids, MI that many of these songs were written and recorded in, the Lafayette EP chronicles a liminal space as the project transitioned from a stripped-down, solo project toward a three-piece rock band. The porches and walls of this house on Lafayette Avenue was a natural space for creativity and collaboration, a space where the band recorded early versions of Major Murphy standards that would eventually be taken into the studio to create their debut album. Listening to these tracks is almost like walking past the Lafayette house on a breezy Fall morning, hearing the songs spilling out the windows and down the street. Venture to peer through a window and you just might catch a glimpse of the magic.
Grand Rapids' Major Murphy is set to release their debut full-length No. 1 this year. Brimming with jangly guitar, bright riffs, synth-sheened grooves, and commanding backing vocals, No. 1 reimagines 1970s radio rock with bristling sensitivity for our present era. Not quite pastiche, the lyrics of songwriter Jacob Bullard come from millennials' unique cache of societal anxiety and ego-crises. The album's musical sensibilities catch all this with A-side's sudden velocity and mechanical repetitions, and B side's encouraging grooves and contemplative soft-rock. The sound is rich and evocative, owing in large measure to bassist Jacki Warren's faculty for harmonic structure. Drummer Brian Voortman's keen responsiveness to melodic progressions and emotional shifts make for concert-like, energetic recordings--in fact, most of No. 1 was recorded live, capturing how naturally Major Murphy makes music together. The result is an album that holds the kinetic charge of these three musicians. With precise control and live versatility, they never quite let the tension out. Even their dreamy soft-rock tracks have moments that feel utterly urgent, as if something dear were at stake. And isn't there? Major Murphy's No. 1 releases via Winspear on March 30, 2018.
On & Off Again is the follow up to Major Murphy's 2015 EP Future Release. The new EP finds lead singer and songwriter, Jacob Bullard, hashing out variations on a familiar theme. The title itself, On & Off Again, implies a repetitive motion, and likewise the EP fixates itself on recycling chord progressions and melodies. The two video singles from the EP, "On & Off" and "Oceans," are both repurposed as instrumental arrangements. The main "On & Off" theme is repeated in "On & Off Again," but this time with a new chilled out tempo & atmosphere. "Oceans" is rehashed as the chaotic & sprawling jam-out "Over Everything."
On & Off Again comes out July 14th via Winspear. Debut full length expected Spring 2018.