Friday, March 24, 2023

The Murlocs - "Initiative"

Photo by Izzie Austin

When it came time to craft their new album, Australia's The Murlocs decided to create a country rock record along the lines of The Byrds' Sweetheart of the Rodeo. Once you listen to their new single, you'll be able to judge if they did or not. "Initiative" is a cosmic country song that is truly cosmic. A lot of the genre adds in just a little psychedelia for flavoring, but The Murlocs dumped the whole thing into their little country rock song. It's a rambling song that just kind of meanders around. It's the kind of song that's trying to hold it together and come across as normal, but we all know what it's been up to.

Ambrose Kenny-Smith (vocals, guitar, harmonica) says of the new song:

“It’s about recognizing the need to start taking responsibility for your life instead of always living in the now and killing all your brain cells along the way. Not everyone wants the big family and the big house with the white picket fence. Everything happens for a reason and sometimes you need to take things more seriously and make a few power moves in life to find out what comes next in the crystal ball.”

You can watch the video for "Initiative" below. Calm Ya Farm is due out May 19 on ATO Records, and can be pre-ordered here. For more on The Murlocs, check out the band's website.

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