MUR­MUR­MUR

Stop, hey, what’s that sound? It’s brand new psych from Down Un­der…

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“PSYCHEDELIA IS FUN, UP­BEAT AND EN­ER­GETIC. IT’S WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS RIGHT NOW.”

This loT have caught our ear very early on. A five-piece, in their 20s, with just one EP un­der their belt, un­signed and from Aus­tralia. So what’s their name? Mur­mur­mur? Eh? Say that again?

“It’s a play on the word ‘mur­mur’,” says front­man, gui­tarist and song­writer Will Fletcher on a very early morn­ing call from his home in Mel­bourne.“I’d been doo­dling and had the word ‘mur­mur’ over and over on the top of a page so I took a sec­tion from that.

“Nam­ing a band is a night­mare,” he con­tin­ues, “once I saw that, I knew I had it.”

Things could have been a lot dif­fer­ent. Fletcher grew up a heavy metal fan, in­spired by Me­tal­lica, Ju­das Priest and Iron Maiden (you can see the NWOBHM/ Kirk Ham­mett fringe in his hair­cut, to be frank) and liked the im­pact those names had.“They’re out­landish, eye-catch­ing and cre­ative,” he says. “Peo­ple are drawn to that, it’s in­ter­est­ing.”

Words mean a lot to the 27-year-old. As chief song­writer for the one-year-old band, he’s al­ready putting per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence into the four songs that fea­ture on their new, self-ti­tled EP. The sound you hear is colour­ful, com­plex psychedelia that veers from shoegazey haze (Lit­tle Boy) to bright, Beatlesy love songs, drenched in elec­tron­ica (Mar­malade).

“[Lead track] Cable Car is about the mu­sic busi­ness,” he ex­plains.“It’s about de­pres­sion and strug­gle as a mu­si­cian… yeah, I’ve been there.

“The mu­sic busi­ness is hard,” he elab­o­rates, re­veal­ing how the band all met through mu­sic study in Mel­bourne and as ses­sion play­ers for other out­fits. “We’ve all been play­ing na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally for a while, we know the in­dus­try pretty well.”

With only five gigs to their name and while they find their feet, Fletcher has a day job (“in a re­ally aw­ful gourmet fancy su­per­mar­ket for rich peo­ple”), also play­ing with lo­cal alt-pop trio City Calm Down when they tour. The band have a pen­chant for vin­tage ana­logue equip­ment – “high end am­pli­fi­ca­tion and gui­tars!” – so it’s for­tu­nate their re­hearsal space costs ab­so­lutely zip, re­hears­ing in a bun­ga­low in Fletcher’s back gar­den.

And the band’s cur­rent in­flu­ences? “I’ve been into prog for a while,” Fletcher says. “The mu­si­cian­ship is un­be­liev­able. I’m a huge Ra­dio­head fan and I love King Crim­son. At the mo­ment I’m lis­ten­ing to lots of Camel and Yes.

“Prog’s a huge in­flu­ence on us,” he con­tin­ues,

“It’s very ex­cit­ing and the­atri­cal, which is great.”

With other Aussie bands such as Tame Im­pala open­ing doors for the con­ti­nent’s su­perb brand of sun-scorched psych, why does psychedelia still ap­peal?

“It’s fun,” says Fletcher. “It’s up­beat, en­er­getic and great to watch bands like King Giz­zard play. It’s what the world needs right now.”

By the time this reaches the news­stands, mu­mur­mur will have recorded an­other four songs and be look­ing to get play­ing be­yond Oz. “We want noth­ing more than to tour, and get out of Aus­tralia.

“It’s not for the money, although that would be nice,” Fletcher laughs. “I’m do­ing this be­cause I need to make mu­sic. I love it. I can’t not do it.” JK

MUR­MUR­MUR: METAL BY NAME, PSYCH BY NA­TURE…

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