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John Murry
Fri 28th Feb 2014 @ Komedia

Headliner: John Murry
Event: One Inch Badge presents
When: Fri 28th Feb 2014
Time: 7:30pm
Age restriction: 18+
Other info: Event page

Hailing from Tupelo, Mississippi; John Murry’s solo debut album ‘The Graceless Age’ is imbued with the ghosts of the Southern states and the personal demons that have haunted him throughout his life. He has described himself as more absorbed in the world of literature than in the day-to-day concerns of the modern world, and for good reason: he’s second cousin to William Faulkner and has spent much time with his second cousin’s work.

Throughout these songs in the key of heartbreak, there is nonetheless a strong and abiding sense of salvation and reconciliation. ‘The Graceless Age’ is an album that unflinchingly exposes John Murry’s dark pains and loss through songs that are translucent vessels of beauty and light.



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John Murry

15/04/2014 By James McLarnon

John MurryAuthenticity is important to most music fans and for good reason. If an artist asks for your time, attention, money and devotion, it seems reasonable to expect that the music they create is heartfelt and honest. Mississippi-born singer-songwriter John Murry is as emotionally bare and confessional as they come. He’s not trying to waste anyone’s time with false promises, least of all his own. As he has discovered through bitter experience, time is precious.

He first came to public attention via his co-writing of the World Without End  with Bob Frank in 2006, in which Murry’s slurred Southern American tones added weight to the more spoken word approach of his colleague. At this early stage his aesthetic was clearly dark; the album was a collection of stark, humourless, murder ballads retelling lynchings, shootings and even the story of an adulterous woman John Murry 2blocked up in a chimney. Murry received positive words for his input to the record’s niche Americana, though the record’s impact was lessened by it being at odds with the Devendra Banhardt-led New Weird Americana. After this we heard nothing from Murry until 2012’s stunning The Graceless Age  and it didn’t take much listening to the record to understand why.

Ten-minute centerpiece ‘Little Coloured Balloons’ tells the story of Murry’s heroin overdose from a first person perspective. The episode left him dead for several minutes and the song, with sparse cello and piano underpinning the horror, can’t be ignored. Despite the weight of the cathartic subject matter – the album also deals with his loss of family and home – it is never without hope. In fact, it’s a testament to Murry that The Graceless Age feels like a triumph of human spirit rather than bleak self pity. It was voted as one of MOJO’s top ten LPs of 2013 and has held great appeal for fans of John Grant or Springsteen’s solo material.

Brighton Noise caught Murry at an acoustic in-store at Resident Records last year after the most cursory of listens to The Graceless Age. We were so entranced by his rough edge/heart of gold presence and guitar playing talent that we attended his concert at Sticky Mike’s later that evening, which was one of the highlights of that year. There’s no reason to think that this visit to the deservedly bigger space at the Komedia should be any different.

One Inch Badge


Founded by Alex Murray, One Inch Badge (or OIB it’s also known) is an independently minded music collective based in Brighton. Disheartened by the lack of support the true Brighton scene was receiving at the time, OIB Records launched as a label that focused on the artist and did justice to the innovation and creativity of the underground.

While One Inch Badge Records has expanded beyond its original parameters, releasing records for acclaimed international artists as well as less established acts, they remain dedicated to supporting the local scene that built and inspired them. This is particularly evident in the April 2011 released 18 track compilation ‘Sea Monsters’ which is a comprehensive 18 track compilation of the most crucial bands out of Brighton right now.

The One Inch Badge collective are also active and prominent local promoters on the Brighton scene, recently promoting Brighton shows for MF DOOM; Wire; Venetian Snares; Sage Francis; Nina Nastasia; Why?; KRS-One; 65daysofstatic; Health; Wolf Parade; Vashti Bunyan; Pains of Being Pure at Heart; Liars; and many more.

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