Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Who is Murder By Death? \

Formed in 2000 as Little Joe Gould, Murder By Death is a five piece band from Bloomington, IN. Thursday vocalist Geoff Rickly helped the band get signed to Eyeball Records in 2001. Shortly after the band name was changed to Murder By Death, after the 1976 film, to fit their sound more accurately.

The band is highly influenced by horror show and western music (this effect is usually achieved through the keyboard and cello). The guitar and rythm sections are often moderately heavy.

Their first LP, Like the Exorcist, But More Breakdancing was released on Eyeball in 2001. With the release of of Who Will Survive, and What Will Be Left of Them? in 2003, a concept album about the devil's assault on a western town, the band gained some notable popularity.

In 2004, keyboardist Vincent Edwards left the band to pursue further education and was temporarily replaced by Brandon Copper. Cooper left later that year and the band continued without a keyboard player until cellist Sarah Balliet took over the role.

Recently, the band reported that they had parted ways with Eyeball records. They released their third album, In Bocca al Lupo, on their own Tent Show Records on May 23, 2006.

Longtime drummer Alex Schrodt left the band in February 2007, to be replaced by Dagan Thogerson.

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