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Gigi's Recovery

    The Murder Capital’s first album ‘When I Have Fears’ had all its songs written and recorded within the first 9 months of the band knowing each other.

    Now, with ‘Gigi’s Recovery’, the band had to learn to navigate their personal relationships through the relationships they harnessed with these new songs. Without knowing what these songs would sound like, the band knew what they wanted them to feel like- and worked backwards from there - “We had this slightly tongue-in-cheek mantra at the near-beginning of writing this record, it was - The evolution will not be compromised. This kept us on a course, even when we didn’t know where we were going”. And that’s exactly how The Murder Capital ended up with an album that is both totally pure and yet completely confident in its direction.


    Liam says: When we were first introduced to The Murder Capital, they were leading the post-punk charge alongside Fontaines D.C. However, whilst their post-punk core does remain intact, 'Gigi's Recovery' sees The Murder Capital acknowledging and thriving within their musical evolution.

    “Crying” sees them capturing the 'Primary Colours' era of The Horrors, whilst “Return My Head” and “Ethel” seize their post-punk roots and take them to new heights. As for “The Lies Becomes The Self” and “A Thousand Lives”, their more art-rock leanings wouldn't go amiss on a Radiohead record. Then there's “We Had To Disappear”, a powerfully beautiful lullaby that is easily one of the best tracks they've ever done. James McGovern's poetic lyricism remains one of The Murder Capital's strongest attributes, always commanding each track with hypnotic exposition.

    Full of passion and spirited urgency, but also moments of tender nuance, 'Gigi's Recovery' is a special album by a truly special band.


    1. Existence
    2. Crying 
    3. Return My Head
    4. Ethel
    5. The Stars Will Leave Their Stage
    6. Belonging
    7. The Lie Becomes The Self
    8. A Thousand Lives
    9. We Had To Disappear
    10. Only Good Things
    11. Gigi's Recovery
    12. Exist

    Called out by The Irish Times as “Ireland’s best new rock band” and named as an one of NME's “100 Essential New Artists for 2019," When I Have Fears is the debut album from Dublin, Ireland's The Murder Capital.

    Produced by Flood (PJ Harvey, New Order, Foals) the album features both singles from the band so far, "Feeling Fades" and "Green & Blue", as well as the first studio recording of breakthrough track "More Is Less".

    An exercise in both darkness and light, “When I Have Fears” only serves to highlight the early ambition in the band's sound. From the post-rock build and breakdowns of the two-part "Slowdance", to the tender, bruised confessional of "On Twisted Ground" and industrial pulse of closer "Love, Love, Love", there's a consistent intensity throughout that marks out The Murder Capital as a band arriving fully formed on their debut album.


    Darryl says: “For Everything” kicks off proceedings and sets the blueprint is set for much of this amazing debut album; a pummelling bassline, huge stomping drums, soaring guitars, and raw vocals.
    ‘When I Have Fears’ is a colossal and remarkably self-confident statement by this Dublin quintet, they create a perfect storm of unsettling post-punk grind and bruised reflection. The guitars rage with echoes of prime Sonic Youth and at other times they brood with the expressive chill of Joy Division, in the meantime the bass and drums underpin the sound with blistering assuredness, and over the top of this wonderful cacophony James McGovern’s spoken-word vocal drawl hits somewhere between James Murphy and Mark E. Smith.
    Written following the suicide of a close friend, ‘When I Have Fears’ displays a pensive raw emotion and a remarkable reflectiveness on their shared grief that totally belies the age of the band. Quite simply, an astonishing debut album.


    1. For Everything 
    2. More Is Less 
    3. Green & Blue
    4. Slowdance I
    5. Slowdance II
    6. On Twisted Ground
    7. Feeling Fades
    8. Don't Cling To Life
    9. How The Streets Adore Me Now
    10. Love, Love, Love

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