JoE mAn MuRpHy
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JoE mAn MuRpHy

Adelaide, South Australia, Australia | SELF

Adelaide, South Australia, Australia | SELF
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"Children of the Stoned Age CD review"

Reviewed by: HW Bones

Published: 30 September 2011


lp: children of the stoned age

Receiving an album called ‘Children of the Stoned Age’ in the post I wasn’t quite sure what I had gotten myself in for here. The cover didn’t give too much indication on what I was in for, with a reasonably stark front and a blurred photo of the marvel comics Iron Man character (presumably) playing guitar on the back cover. But going by the title what could it be? Stoner rock in the style of Kyuss? Mock rock in the style of Spinal tap? Stoner folk in the style of Donovan? Some roots in the style of the John Butler Trio? No, no, no and well…not quite.

An Irish ex-pat, Joe Man Murphy joined us in this fine brown land about eleven years ago and is carrying about fifteen years of musical experience with him to date. Cutting his teeth in the musically rich Irish capital of Dublin, Joe Man learned some song writing tricks in varying styles along the way before joining us here.

Popping ‘Children of the Stoned Age’ into the cosmic destruction player it quickly becomes apparent that Joe Man Murphy’s debut long player would be best filed under blues in your CD collection, but it definitely explores much further afield then that. There’s a fair smack of Bootsy Collins funk going on, which I can’t say is to my taste but the stoned age children may like to dance to it. There are also hints of John Butler worship in a few tracks but the standouts to me, and well under-utilised, are a couple of very country sounding tracks (you know, the good kind, not the Keith Urban kind) which stand out in the best way possible.

The music on this CD is very well executed and very radio friendly in its slickness, the work of a good studio and some tight musicianship. In terms of musos, Joe Man has assembled a good little group behind him here with Daniel Seymour (also of the Heather Frahn Trio) on drums, Kiah Grossner (of the distinctly un-bearded Bearded Gypsy Band) on bass, and Tim Moors on what to my ears (I’m probably wrong) a very lovely Hammond organ.

The tracks ‘The Illusion’ and ‘Movin Up’ are the real standouts for me on this release. ‘The Illusion’ suits Joe Man’s voice perfectly and the whole song has a decidedly Nashville feel to it. ‘Movin Up’ was reminiscent to me of a country truck driving song (in a good way of course) and the natural twang of Joe Man’s voice works really well in accentuating the stories in both of these songs.

I’d be very interest to hear many of these tracks down the trail a bit. With many of the blues numbers there is a distinct rasp in Joe Man’s voice, and I think over time this will become a real feature and give an added ‘I know the blues buddy’ kind of attitude and add weight to these songs.

Overall this is a solid release, very listenable and well executed on the whole. I look forward to seeing Joe Many Murphy and band live sometime in the near future. - Music SA


Discography

2011 Children of the Stoned Age album

Movin Up single was released in 2009 and reached number 5 on the Triple J Unearthed Chart.

2008 Just Once EP

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JoE mAn Murphy began writing music over 15 years ago living and playing in Dublin (Ireland). Dublin's vibrant music scene was a great place to learn the art of songwriting in a country filled with widely varying music styles. In 2005 JoE mAn moved to Adelaide and quickly became established on the Adelaide music scene. Over that time JoE mAn has released two EP's with two songs reaching the Triple J unearthed top10. Playing over 100 shows in the last three years JoE mAn has shared the stage with some of Australia's finest Blues, Roots and Folk musicians such as: Daniel Champagne, Cal Williams Jnr, Jackson Firebird, Emily Smart and Simon Kelly to name a few. In 2010 JoE mAn began working on his first album. The album was realeased at the Wheatsheaf Hotel and features 10 stomping blues and roots songs recorded with the help of Daniel Seymour on Drums (Heather Frahn trio), Kiah Grossner on Bass (The Bearded Gypsy Band) and Tim Moors on Keyboards. Since the launch of the album JoE mAn's music has spread throughout Adelaide after performances at the Semaphore Music Festival, SA Folk Centre and an all star Guitar battle at the Wheatsheaf with Vorn Doolette, Ben Roberts and tom West. Shows coming up next year include Fringe 2012 and many other exciting events.