Press Play: The Murlocs

July 1, 2017



By Ana Rojo

When you mix together gritty, old-school soul and soft psychedelic rock you get The Murlocs. You would think this band came straight out of California during the Summer of Love but then you hear the addition of some more modern sounds and you realize how talented this group is.

Formed at the end of 2010, the band is comprised of members from fellow Aussie psych group King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, with both having a discerning taste for not only 60s psychedelic rock but also unique band names. Describing themselves as “five skinny kids with roots firmly placed in their own blown-out, distorted brand of soulful RnB,” the group takes elements from early soul music and garage/psych rock to effortlessly bring just the right amount of blues and rock. The group uses rough garage guitar, a blend of 60s and 70s psychedelic rock with the modern indie sounds and with Ambrose Kenny Smith’s muffled, crackled lead vocals.

The Murlocs have been playing the festival scene for quite some time, playing at different Aussie festivals such as Meredith, Queenscliffe, Boogie and Falls. They’ve also gone to support not only their King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard counterparts but also names such as Gary Clarke Jr., Mac Demarco, The Pixies and Wavves. Needless to say, this group is fitting right into the indie scene rather seamlessly.

Check out their new album, Old Locomotive, when it is released July 28. In the meantime, check out their latest release, “Noble Soldier.”