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The Murder Capital are a punk/post-punk/art punk band from Dublin. Their lives shows are becoming the talk of the town for their dark, brutal, edge-of-the-seat thrill ride. Their sound will draw comparisons to classic bands such as Joy Division as well as newer bands like Shame and Savages. When I Have Fears is their debut album and was produced by Flood, who is just the person you’d want to produce an album like this.

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When I Have Fears by The Murder Capital
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5/10 Will 26 July 2019

The Murder Capital are a new-ish band from Dublin. They're releasing their debut album 'When I Have Fears' and it's very much in keeping with the current crop of bands like Idles, Savages, and Shame (to name but a few) making bold, chunky, big-sounding post-punk. 

I think I should have anticipated my feelings towards this record when the Murder Capital were named in the NME's '100 Essential New Artists for 2019' which I see as being pretty much a death knell for any guitar band. There's nothing especially wrong with 'When I Have Fears', it's just mostly so middle-of-the-road that I found myself dropping off. This isn't so much a criticism of the music, because there are a few good songs on here, I just think that the sound they're peddling is so tired and finished. All the touchstones for this album are there, like the Birthday Party, Joy Division, Gang of Four, all of whom I know and love, but 'When I Have Fears' just sounds like an AI has downloaded these bands' discography and regurgitated an amalgamation of it. 

Now when I said earlier that there were a few good songs on here, I wasn't being insincere for the sake of cushioning the blow of this rant, I did genuinely mean there were a few good songs. I like the rawness of 'On Tender Ground' and the forever-chugging 'Feeling Fades'. My favourite song from 'When I Have Fears' is 'How The Streets Adore Me Know', which is the black sheep of the album. After eight songs of post-punk, I heard it like a sea-battered captain glimpses land, with blessed relief. There's a Leonard Cohen-y drawl going on backed by an almost ambient-sounding arrangement. 

They can write a good song and there are some elements which give me hope, but the Murder Capital need to get away from that post-punk AI sound and just bloody be themselves. 

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