Up-and-coming Murdock speaks

Roya Butler

According to Reggie’s Rock, “Murdock plays fast and fun ska-infused punk rock, plain and simple. Think sweaty, suburban, garage shows. Think Descendents and Bad Religion logos drawn on school books. Think about those exciting and dangerous first days of getting into punk … that’s Murdock.”

We caught up with the Nashville, Tennesse’s ska/punk band Murdock.

Tell us how you met.

I’ve known Josh [the bassist] for a few years, and we have always wanted to play music together. He was good friends with FX, and we all hooked up and got Wes in on it, and here we are. I would also like to point out that they were all three in another band that broke up and that’s how we decided to form Murdock.

What bands have inspired your music?

I can’t speak for everyone but, personally, I admire The Germs, The Descendents, Screeching Weasel, The Addicts … just punk rock period … and reggae.

What inspires your lyrics?

For awhile, I was absorbed with writing political stuff, but I began to see myself getting too serious and emotional about the lyrics. I was singing, and it really affected my attitude live [going on political rants in between songs]. Now I only write songs about silly things or girls and stuff because I want Murdock to be fun … not serious.

Can you tell your fans a little about your album and where they can pick it up?

Well, our album will be available this summer. It’s 15 songs, and it will be available internationally through Interpunk.com, as well as through indie distributors and at our shows.

It’s in the mastering stage, so we’re still developing it six months down the road. We plan to release an EP immediately after that.

Any tours planed, national or international?

Murdock will be doing four U.S. tours [covering four different regions] this year and possibly a European tour, but that isn’t set in stone.

Tell us about the Super Nintendo tour.

It’s the spring tour we’re going on. It should be fun, and we hope to see a lot of kids there. It’s actually called the super ninTRENDo tour, a play on words.

On your tour schedule page, one of your show venues says ‘a house maybe.’ Are most of your shows at houses?

No, not ever hardly. We typically only play venues. I’m really big on all ages shows. It’s important to me that younger kids come out to shows because they have the most energy, but Murdock doesn’t see very many house shows.