John Murry: “The songs speak more clearly for themselves”
A Short History Of Decay sounds even darker than The Graceless Age. How did
that happen? It wasn’t intentional. When I was writing it, I thought the songs were somehow gentler and I still think the album is often quite funny. Doesn’t the best horror often come from comedic places? The greatest comedies from the most tragic?
How did michael Timmins end up as
producer? I met Mike when I played in Glasgow at Celtic Connections in 2013. I used to fall asleep to Cowboy Junkies’ The Trinity Sessions, so they were literally characters from a dream. Over the next few years, we stayed in touch. Somehow we both knew we needed to make a record together. amazing gift as a producer. He hears the essence of a song. Like Jim Dickinson, Mike is a producer in the truest sense. Like Jim, I admire the hell out of Mike. He showed me that with the right people playing in the room with me a record could come to life and it did. It’s exactly what I meant it to be: defiant, tangled, indignant and final. The songs speak much more clearly for themselves now, I believe, and I hope by letting them do their own talking, it will allow me to do mine.
How much influence did he have on the sound of the album? An immense influence. Mike has an