Murder By Death is a recently relocated band with origins in Bloomington, Indiana. A little while back, we spoke with front-man Adam Turla; he let us know that although he is a Hoosier (like me), he and the band have planted some roots in our Old Kentucky Home. Fittingly, the most recent Murder By Death show here in town was during one of the most prideful Louisville and Kentucky weeks of the whole year: Derby week. I think it is safe to say they have now officially been christened as true Louisvillians after Do502’s Derby Eve party.
Do502, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Tito’s Vodka sponsored this rambunctious evening- the turn out and support was huge. Not only were people there to see Murder By Death, but also Morning Teleportation, a Bowling Green based band, as well as the always delightful crew of Twin Limb.
From the start, Murder By Death was ready for a party-filled weekend in celebration of their first official Kentucky Derby as Louisville residents. And it all started with their show Friday night: “It’ll be a party set. It’s a party!” Turla explained. It lived up to his prediction, with covers and a ranging set that showcased the variety of their albums. The newest one, Big Dark Love, certainly has a fitting title and has been reviewed as different from the band’s other work- it also was recorded here in town. Turla explained that each album ideally “should stand on its own but ultimately fit into a band’s ‘world.’” During their set, the new stuff definitely stood out but provided a good flow when looking at the entire evening. The group is obviously a tight-knit one who enjoys playing with each other. This relationship showed on stage as each piece masterfully added their component to the distinct Murder By Death sound.
The bourbon, PBR and Tito’s were a-flowin’ and I can pretty confidently say that fun was had by all… for sure my crew, which included several out of towners and Derby-newbs. This was Do502’s first Derby Eve party and we hope it becomes a annual event!
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