Levitation artist spotlight: The Murlocs

Levitation is right around the corner, and it’s time to start getting to know the artists.

The Murlocs, self described as “five skinny kids with roots firmly placed in their own blown-out, distorted brand of soulful RnB,” should be one of the bands on your radar. With the Aussie Invasion upon us, these guys are peaking at a perfect time. Bands like Tame ImpalaGlass Towers, The Jezabels and Nantes,  have put the Aussie indie underground movement on the map.

Formed in early 2011 by harp player Ambrose Kenny-Smith, this Aussie band also includes Cal Shortal, Matt Blach, Cook Craig and Mladen Lalić Milinković.

When I asked if they thought they fell under any specific camp of music, the guys responded:

“I’d like to think that we fall under the genre of blues garage. There are elements of psych rock too. The whole idea of our sound is derived from bands like Them, The Animals and Captain Beefheart.”

There’s plenty of garage rock around at the moment but these guys have set themselves apart with their authenticity and style. Truly, but you can let their music speak for themselves.

In terms of who they thought their music speaks the loudest to, they said
“generally older men and women, often ones with a huge record collection, too. It’s nice when the kids get it as well.”

Another thing to look forward to is their lively stage presence. When thinking back on their craziest performance memory, the guys said, “one time some wasted millionaire was throwing $50 bills at us on stage. We got more money from him than the venue.”

The 9th annual Levitation will be held April 29- May 1 at Carson Creek Ranch. With over 60 performers set to play, it should, without a doubt, be an amazing festival. The performance The Murlocs are most looking forward to seeing perform at Levitation this year is Brian Wilson.

I’d recommend getting hyped about these guys as well!