While prepping for a trip to the East Coast, let’s once again focus on the West Coast magistrates, Seattle’s The Murder City Devils. Rereleased in 2009, the band’s debut self-titled album struggled to stretch its indie wings, something that would over-abundantly come with their sophomore follow-up, 1998’s Empty Bottles Broken Hearts. Although certainly not the band’s most prolific moment, The Murder City Devils cements its deserving place in the collections of those who like their ear candy rough around the edges, yet melodically substantial.
The Murder City Devils, Washington state’s answer to the rum & coke-drinking, bar-closing delinquents of the early 21st century, have, for me, been labeled the garage rock grandfathers of my eclectic collection. Often inebriated, and always loud, the Murder City Devils ease the angry pain of worried, early mornings, and offer a welcoming, yet nagging soundtrack to the bitterness and uneven temperament of everyday life. (i.e. They’re good; you should check ‘em out!)
This 45, a split with Gluecifer, is uniquely discernible from any other release I’ve ever seen. As you can see, the bottom corner has been torched (not by me, although the picture suggests otherwise), which yes, is a rather over-simplified gimmick, but its design technique is both fitting, and particular to each (burned) release.
Happy Friday to those who have not yet lived it, and remember, whether you’re a resident of Murder City or not, the Devils are just a simple spin away.
It’s ANGRY CHRISTMAS here at the Prudent Groove, and to help us with our holiday jeering will be the following:
Rocket from the Crypt – Boychucker
The Dismemberment Plan – I Love a Magician
Oxford Collapse – Molasses
The Murder City Devils – Ready for More
Hot Snakes – Salton City
Defacto Oppression – It’s Not That Simple
Andrew Jackson Jihad – People II: The Reckoning
Stiff Little Fingers – Here We Are Nowhere
Chronic Sick – Mucho Macho
Slayer – Angel of Death