Lamar Murphy

Lamar Murphy

BandRock

A swirl of string swells, harmonies, rhythmic change-ups, and bouncing bass lines.

Biography

RIYL: The Flaming Lips, Animal Collective, Modest Mouse, Daniel Johnston, Prince

Lamar Murphy are an eight-eyed marmoset (based out of Appalachia) but soon will be breaking their lease and moving into a four-wheeled fortress (based out of everywhere). Like troubadours from a different era, in order to bring their unique brand of rock and roll music to the people, they will forsake the traditional creature comforts for a life of nomadic danger, enlightenment and music.

Lamar Murphy are:
Icy-J (bass); Joe E. Bear (drums)
T. Raygun (percussion/harmonies; g-zilla (singing/guitar)

Lamar Murphy have just recently signed with Michigan-based label Cerberus Records. Their latest album is entitled "IN HEAVEN, THERE'S THE SOUND OF HARPS... (ON EARTH, THE SOUND OF SCREAMS!)", recorded at their compound/commercial warehouse, dubbed "The Muppet Hospital" (Bristol, TN), during the summer and early fall of 2007. Sounding much like Nat King Cole backed by The Roots, and covering "Kid A" as the Titanic sinks below their very feet, the songs featured therein deal with the awe, terror and fatigue associated with everyday human existence - terror, sex, death, greed, grief, regret, puberty, the human potential, natural disasters, and also tales associated with the animal and insect kingdoms.

Confused and intrigued? You should be.

Icy-J, g-zilla, and Joe E. Bear began as a three-piece instrumental surf band in the high school they attended in Michigan. Over the years, they have experimented enough that they no longer keep a distinction in their own minds as to what kind of band they are. Icy-J left the band in 2003, periodically joining other groups and moving around the world. Carrying on, g-zilla and Joe E. Bear reformatted as a two-piece, under the name Lamar Murphy, and played throughout the midwest and southern United States, living out of an RV before winding up semi-permanently in Bristol, TN in 2006. Icy-J returned to join the band in the summer of 2007, bringing with him newcomer T. Raygun to broaden the view.

Starting in November, Lamar Murphy will be perpetually adrift somewhere in the United States, reflecting what's in their hearts with a guitar, bass, drum kit and healthy dose of reckless abandon.

WEB: http://www.lamarmurphy.com
MYSPACE: http://www.myspace.com/lamarmurphy
EPK: http://www.sonicbids.com/lamarmurphy
LABEL: http://www.cerberusrecords.com

Lyrics

Do We Have to Stop Being Friends?

Written By: Lamar Murphy

Sometimes it feels like we're keepin' pace in a race to a finish line, but like the fat kid in gym class we're just takin' our sweet time, takin' our eyes off the end to look at the sides...

....and it's alright, it's just hard to get down and get back up again...

so...

...when we stop fucking, do we have to stop being friends?

...So you go to scratch your nose and you think, "Damn, my hand, it smells like pussy.", it's hard to keep your clothes from getting wrinkled when you're getting busy...

...but it's alright, it's just hard to get down and get back up again...

...so hard to get back up again

When we stop fucking do we have to stop being friends?

(Additional Lyrics)

Then one day time flies and
you realize that it's been a while- since you've been on some freak shit with some freak bitch, but you're doin' it just fine, you're learnin' about yourself and expanding your mind...

....and it's alright, it's just hard to take back the things you said...

...when you stop fucking, you just have to stop being friends

Dumbstruck

Written By: Lamar Murphy

Remind me now why we're doin' this because...

I always thought by now we'd have given up

Now you're lookin' at me like I should know what's up

But from the start
we both knew I was

Dumb-struck
and really didn't give a fuck

and you were so....cool
you knew it wasn't love...

...or did you?

So tell me now why we're doin' this because...

I been thinkin' it over and I feel like givin' up

And now you're lookin at me like I should know what's up

But from the start, we both knew what I was...

(Additional Lyrics)
So tell me again why we're doin' this because...

are we fearin' we can't clearly make our minds up?

And now you're lookin at me like I thought all of this up

but from the start we both knew I was...

Dumb-struck
and really couldn't give a fuck

but you were so...
...cool
you'd been in and out of love...

oh, but had you?
(Repeat, etc.)

The Little Zen Flower Song

Written By: Lamar Murphy

Sometimes
You've got to try and be the little zen flower

And other times
You gotta be a total cockhead for an hour or two
yeah you

You
you know it's true
a dab of each will do

That way me
and you
could always meet up somewhere between the two

Sometimes
you gotta read between the lines

And other times
you gotta stand there
stupid
holding the sign

True
(true true true)

...and a little bullshit too

Just like me
just like you

Always being somewhere
between the two

Untitled #1

Written By: Lamar Murphy

I wish I'd enjoyed your company more when I had your time

And all the nice things you had to say to me before you really knew what I was really like

You can't get back the way you pass all your time

Or all the thought that goes to makin' plots featuring keepin' her in mind

You can't get back the things you meant or the lies

Or all the thoughts that went to makin' plots featuring keepin' me in mind

I wish I'd enjoyed your company more when you were still alive

Discography

"IN HEAVEN, THERE'S THE SOUND OF HARPS... (ON EARTH, THE SOUND OF SCREAMS!)" (2007) EP

CATASTROPHE NATURELLE (2005) LP

Set List

We perform up to an hour of our own original music, and the odd Stevie Wonder or Aphex Twin song.