Murder By Death Headline North American Tour, Gear Up for New Album

Bloomington, IN’s Murder By Death will release their sixth full-length album and Bloodshot Records debut Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon on September 25th, 2012.

 Known for their uniquely brooding sound that frequently conjures desolate imagery, on Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon Murder By Death capture a familiar tone but also explore new territory, adding a further refined sophistication and even richer, full-bodied sound. The varied album ranges musically from the spooky and spare opener “My Hill”, to the rough, rousing sing-along “Hard World”, to the booming, aching waltz of “Ghost Fields.” Songs like the cinematic “Lost River” start hushed before rising to a lush crescendo, while “No Oath, No Spell” maintains a dramatic, bluesy swing, and first single “I Came Around” rumbles and rollicks with a hard-charging, barroom flair. Singer Adam Turla’s cavernous baritone tells shadowy small-town stories throughout, the songs’ oftentimes-upbeat veneer belying a sordid undercurrent. Across Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon Sarah Balliet’s sonorous cello and Scott Brackett’s multiple instruments (backing vocals, piano, trumpet, and accordion, to name a few) weave irreplaceable accents, and Dagan Thogerson’s robust drums and Matt Armstrong’s inventive bass lines create a resounding low end.

 Murder By Death wrote Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon – their first album featuring contributions from Brackett (formerly of Okkervil River and Shearwater)- throughout most of 2011, testing and reworking the songs in Turla’s basement-turned-practice-space. In January, they traveled to Dallas, TX to record with producer John Congleton (Explosions In The Sky, St. Vincent, Black Mountain) over three weeks.

 Beginning tomorrow July 12th, Murder By Death will head out on a North American headlining tour that continues through August 25th. The tour includes a July 17th show at Webster Hall in New York and an August 3rd show at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles, as well as two-night stands at the Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco on August 4th and 5th and at the Bluebird Theater in Denver on August 16th and 18th. This summer also marks the 10th anniversary of the release of Like The Exorcist, But More Breakdancing, the band’s first LP, and in celebration they will be playing rarely performed tracks from the album throughout the summer tour, in addition to previewing songs from Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon. A full itinerary is below.

Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon track listing:


  1. My Hill
  2. Lost River
  3. Straight at the Sun
  4. No Oath, No Spell
  5. I Came Around
  6. Hard World
  7. Ramblin’
  8. Queen Mab
  9. Go to the Light
  10. Ghost Fields
  11. Ditch Lilly
  12. The Curse of Elkhart
  13. Oh To Be An Animal

 Murder By Death tour dates:

 JUL. 12          PITTSBURGH, PA                  MR. SMALL’S THEATRE*

JUL. 13          WASHINGTON, DC                BLACK CAT*

JUL. 14          BOSTON, MA                        PARADISE ROCK CLUB*

JUL. 15          NEW HAVEN, CT                   CAFÉ 9*

JUL. 17          NEW YORK, NY                     WEBSTER HALL*

JUL. 18          PHILADELPHIA, PA                 UNION TRANSFER*

JUL. 20          TORONTO, ON                      THE HORSESHOE TAVERN#

JUL. 21          CLEVELAND, OH                    GROG SHOP*

JUL. 22          LEXINGTON, KY                    COSMIC CHARLIE’S*

JUL. 24          NASHVILLE, TN                    MERCY LOUNGE*

JUL. 25          MEMPHIS, TN                       NEWBY’S#

JUL. 26          BATON ROUGH, LA                SPANISH MOON#

JUL. 27          HOUSTON, TX                       FITZGERALD’S#

JUL. 28          AUSTIN, TX                          MOHAWK#

JUL. 31          SANTA FE, NM                      SOL SANTA FE*

AUG. 1           PHOENIX, AZ                       CRESCENT BALLROOM*

AUG. 2           SAN DIEGO, CA                    THE CASBAH*

AUG. 3           LOS ANGELES, CA                 EL REY THEATRE*

AUG. 4           SAN FRANCISCO, CA              BOTTOM OF THE HILL%

AUG. 5           SAN FRANCISCO, CA              BOTTOM OF THE HILL*

AUG. 8           BELLINGHAM, WA                  THE SHAKEDOWN%

AUG. 9           VANCOUVER, BC                   THE MEDIA CLUB%

AUG. 10         SEATTLE, WA                        TRACTOR TAVERN%

AUG. 11         PORTLAND, OR                      DANTE’S%

AUG. 14         BOISE, ID                             NEUROLUX%

AUG. 15         SALT LAKE CITY, UT                BAR DELUXE%

AUG. 16         DENVER, CO                          BLUEBIRD THEATER%

AUG. 17         DENVER, CO                          BLUEBIRD THEATER%

AUG. 18         OMAHA, NE                           THE WAITING ROOM%

AUG. 20         ST. LOUIS, MO                       PLUSH%

AUG. 22         IOWA CITY, IA                       GABE’S OASIS%

AUG. 23         MINNEAPOLIS, MN                  TRIPLE ROCK%

AUG. 24         MILWAUKEE, WI                     TURNER HALL%

AUG. 25         CHICAGO, IL                          METRO*

* Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons & Ha Ha Tonka support

# Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons support

% Ha Ha Tonka support

Allison O'Rourke

When not working in the television industry for the MAN, Allison is a music journalist, avid music nerd and attends as many live shows as possible in her hometown of New York City. Always embracing music and the creative process, she has begun to take part in the process itself and hopes to one day leave a little piece of herself behind for others.

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