Mury

Mury

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Infectious melodic indie pop rock with a twisted mainstream sound. Mury is one of those rare bands whose artistic integrity is not compromised by mainstream appeal, yet anyone who enjoys Third Eye Blind, Matchbox Twenty, or Maroon 5 is sure to love Mury.

Biography

Mury is a pop/rock band based out of Salt Lake City, Utah. Mury pride themselves on writing genuine music with honest lyrics and consistently performing high-energy live shows. They recorded their debut EP, The Tarot Card Prophecy, with Matt Winegar (Green Day, Primus, and Royal Bliss, among others) six weeks after forming in March of 2007. AbsolutePunk.net said of TCP "This is accessible for everyone. I'll be surprised if this band isn't signed in the next two years. Record labels take notice."

Shortly after the release of TCP, Mury relocated to Oakland, CA to set up a tour base. Within the first year of forming they regionally toured the Western U.S. five times, gaining a loyal following and playing over 50 shows. "It was a crazy time for us. We were a new band, just getting to know each other, and growing together as musicians. It was baptism by fire," says singer/guitarist Chris Alder.

After touring the summer and fall of 2007 and winter of 2008, Mury recorded a three-song digital EP, Souls for Sale, which ignited a flurry of online buzz. Then they headed back out on tour for the spring of 2008. In July of 2008, Mury was selected by Airwalk and Spin Magazine to be a finalist in their Unsigned Hero contest, and was also recognized by AbsolutePunk.net as one of the top 100 bands to look for in 2009. In September 2008, Mury won the X96 Four-Play competition, which allowed them to play the Big Ass Show at Usana Amphitheatre in their home town of Salt Lake City. "The Big Ass Show was an amazing experience. We all have grown up going to that show. I know I felt honored to be a part of it," says drummer Burt Hoagland, who is endorsed by Shine Drums & Percussion.

The fall of 2008 brought Mury back to their home town to work on writing a full-length. "Writing this time around has been so exciting. We haven't had the time to actually focus on writing since writing our first EP, and we were just starting our band then and everyone was coming from different places. This time we all know how to play together, we know what to expect, and we know how to work together. I think people are really going to hear some growth in the new songs," says Chris Alder.

During only 18 months of existence, Mury has enjoyed more than 350,000 plays on MySpace and reached over 17,000 friends. Mury has also shared the stage with Shiny Toy Guns, The Spill Canvas, Atreyu, Jacks Mannequin, Trapt, Anberlin, Hawthorne Heights, The Hush Sound, Yellowcard, Dear & The Headlights, Steel Train, The Cab, This Providence, Person L, The Maine, Hey Monday, From First To Last, Ludo, A Rocket To The Moon, Liam & Me, The Classic Crime, Socratic, This Providence, Over It, Everybody Else, The Brobecks, Self Against City, Broke City, The Lives Of Famous Men, Paper Mache, The Real You, Bank, and many others.

Lyrics

Welcome to the Family

Written By: Chris Alder

Hey fellas, no matter what they tell us
And no matter what the risk is
It’s now family business
And I know you know we got a long way to go
So I’ll say it all right now
I’ve never been so proud
Despite the way a few things went down
But I look up to all of you so much
That I thought that you ought to know
It’s gonna get a lot worse
Before it gets any better
If any if ever

There’s a lot to be said
About the lives that we’ve led
Now it’s all down to us
Are we ready to do what we must?
There’s a lot they could say
About the choices we’ve made
But it’s all down to us
So tell me do we break or do we bust out now?

Time’s not on our side but I know that you’re on mine
And we are so blessed that this is our life
We can’t forget that cause we could never look back
So I thought that you ought to know
It’s gonna get a lot worse before it gets any better
If any if ever

There’s a lot to be said
About the lives that we’ve led
Now it’s all down to us
Are we ready to do what we must?
There’s a lot they could say
About the choices we’ve made
But it’s all down to us
So tell me do we break or do we bust out now?

I’ve gotta think straight so I wrote you this keepsake
And it’s making me ache waiting here for the freeway
And I want you to know there’s no way in hell that I’m gonna let us come home

It’s gonna get a lot worse before it gets any better
If any if ever

There’s a lot to be said
About the lives that we’ve led
Now it’s all down to us
Are we ready to do what we must?
There’s a lot they could say
About the choices we’ve made
But it’s all down to us
So tell me do we break or do we bust out now?

I Got References

Written By: Chris Alder

Well, I talk so well, I move even better
Than you think that I would ever
And you’re fine as hell
When you sit there and you say that
You’re not usually like this
But you tend to get excited with me
And that’s alright but I say that
I’m typically the type that if you hold on
You hold on too tight

I’ve been thinking you might so tonight
I’m talking about connection

Is it really evil to feel this good?
So let me forget to mention
I’ll make you feel better than anyone could
Yeah, I’m really that good

And you look so fine
With your jeans tight
And shirt pulled down your waist line
And that look upon your face that tells me
That I’m your type but if I’m not
You won’t mind the exception
Cause its obvious that you’re sweatin’ me
So move in close, and touch my hip bones
And whisper in my ear that you have got a place that’s not far from here

So I say I could drive but tonight
I’m talking about connection

Is it really evil to feel this good?
So let me forget to mention
I’d make you feel better than anyone could
I’m talking about connection
Is it really evil to feel this good?
So let me forget to mention
I’ll make you feel better than anyone could
Yeah, I’m really that good

Find me on the weekend, I’m good for a secret
You’ve got me thinking, now that I’m leaving
That I’m going home and I don’t want to alone
I’m talking about connection

Is it really evil to feel this good?
So let me forget to mention
I’ll make you feel better than anyone could
I’m talking about connection
Is it really evil to feel this good?
So let me forget to mention
I’ll make you feel better than anyone could
Yeah, I’m really that good

The B-Side to the Truth

Written By: Chris Alder

I hate the way that my words come together at your expense
I wish that when I wrote I wouldn’t have to be so honest
Show some tact or show some class or maybe just some respect
I’ll respect you when you respect me what can you expect
I’m just being honest

And I still fight the urge to call I know there’s nothing to say
I still love you and I think about you every day
It’s not easy for me, though, I know I act like it is
Feel the pain, it hurts so bad I guess I’ve got to fake it
Just like I’ve got to say this

That this song is the B Side to the truth
About how I really feel about you
And I know sometimes my words they burn like hell
But I still want you if you can’t tell

It’s hard to see you I know that we’ve got to act like we’re friends
Force a smile, fake a hug and try not to act nervous
How am I? I’m good, no, great, no, perfect, life’s just a treat
Ask you question after question, I don’t want you to leave
I just want you to see

That this song is the B Side to the truth
About how I really feel about you
And I know sometimes my words they burn like hell
But I still want you if you can’t tell

I got the keys if you want to roll
I’ll take you anywhere that you want to go
Climb in the back seat like when we first met
I’ll lay on my back while you lay on my chest
I got the keys if you want to roll
I’ll take you anywhere that you want to go
Climb in the back seat like when we first met
I’ll lay on my back while you lay on my chest

Cause this song is the B Side to the truth
About how I really feel about you

Backflips & Ninja Tricks

Written By: Chris Alder

I can play along; don’t think I don’t know what’s going on with this
I’ve never been so cute, never had so many things to do and I’m suspect
But I’m not mad I think that it’s flattering but still I don’t believe
That you’re that into me just from what you see and I’m still suspect

Before we talk all night lets make sure you hear this right
I’m gonna eat you alive if you let me, I’m gonna eat you alive
If you don’t explain exactly what you see in me
Cause you’ve gone the wrong way of trying to get in these jeans
And from the way that you touch my leg just a little too much
I can tell that you wanna…

What am I to do? I don’t mind being cute but it’s gotten overboard
Never been so broke just thought you should know that I can’t pay for shit
But she’s still into me thinking we should leave I told her I’ve been honest
Did I mention she was cute and loved the things she’d do when she would lick her lips?

Before we talk all night let’s make sure you hear this right
I’m gonna eat you alive if you let me, I’m gonna eat you alive
If you don’t explain exactly what you see in me
Cause you’ve gone the wrong way of trying to get in these jeans
And from the way that you touch my leg just a little too much
I can tell that you wanna…

And you wanna what? You wanna be the one that gets inside of me
Well pardon my mouth but I think that you’ve got that a little bit turned around
And it’s getting late and I’ve heard they say that’s when the devil comes out to play
So you wanna play, you wanna play, you wanna play

Why don’t you explain exactly what you see in me?
Cause you’ve gone the wrong way of trying to get in these jeans
And from the way that you touch my leg just a little too much
I can tell

Why don’t you explain exactly what you see in me?
Cause you’ve gone the wrong way of trying to get in these jeans
And from the way that you touch, from the way that you touch,
From the way that you touch my leg just a little too much
I can tell you wanna…

From the Bottom of My Heart

Written By: Chris Alder

Well alright, well OK
I’ve heard a whole lot of talk about the need to stay the same
And don’t change when you move but what else is there for me to do
But evolve when it calls and let the cards just fall where they fall

So let me make this promise to you all
Before I pack up this Uhaul

I’ll give it my best I’ll keep you informed
But other than that I can’t promise much more
I’ll never forget the few that you are
That have been with me from the start
From bottom of my heart

So keep in mind I’m gonna be busy living in a whole new city
Trying to live out what some have said is just an idea inside my head
So call a lot I’ll hit ya back just as soon as I get the chance
But please be patient, I won’t leave you hanging

So let me make this promise to you all
Before I pack up this Uhaul

I’ll give it my best I’ll keep you informed
But other than that I can’t promise much more
I’ll never forget the few that you are
That have been with me from the start
From bottom of my heart

And I’ve been playing this guitar since back in the day
And if you ever heard me free if you ever heard me play
Faded Indian style at the 6 in salt lake
Singing eyes closed to what I wrote red in the face

So let me make this promise to you all
Before I pack up this Uhaul

I’ll give it my best I’ll keep you informed
But other than that I can’t promise much more
I’ll never forget the few that you are
That have been with me from the start
From bottom of my heart
From the bottom, from the bottom of my heart
From the bottom, from the bottom of my heart

3/13

Written By: Chris Alder

I’ve got a feeling your eyes are on me
While I’m busy singing I take notice to the way that I breathe
And I’ve got a hunch that this could be the one

So sit back and relax let us show how we move
Let us prove how we’ll move so far away from home

And we’ve come a long way
Yeah, we’ve come a long way
Yeah, we’ve come a long way just to sing this to you
What do I gotta do to make you people believe?
And if I really gotta do it I’ll get down on my knees
What do I gotta do to make you people believe?
And if I really gotta do it I can sing this song on my knees

And I’ve got a notebook where I write my thoughts down
I’m standing in a big room staring at three of my friends like a crowd
And this is a story that has evolved from our past

So sit back and relax let us show how we move
Let us prove how we’ll move so far away from home

And we’ve come a long way
Yeah, we’ve come a long way
Yeah, we’ve come a long way just to sing this to you
What do I gotta do to make you people believe?
And if I really gotta do it I’ll get down on my knees
What do I gotta do to make you people believe?
And if I really gotta do it, if I really gotta do it

Follow, we’ll follow what it takes to live the dream
We call this part the breakdown cause we’ve been waiting to break out
And there’s not much more to wait now, I think that I found a way out
We call this part the breakdown cause we’ve been waiting to break out
And there’s not much more to wait now, I think that I found a way out

Cause we’ve come a long way
Yeah, we’ve come a long way
Cause we’ve come a long way just to sing this to you
What do I gotta do to make you people believe?
And if I really gotta do it I’ll get down on my knees
What do I gotta do to make you people believe?
And if I really gotta do it I can sing this song on my knees.

Sleep Sweet

Written By: Chris Alder

How do I begin to write this
I wouldn't ask for a third chance, not like this
And even though you're oh so pretty
We both know that I'll be so, so busy

So while were laying lips to lips
I can feel my hand starting to slip
When she says, she says, she says

She says, "Come on, don't try and act like it’s the first time
That you've taken clothes off," and baby you're so right
But maybe I'm nervous, cause my hand is shaking
And my heart is pumping, and I think I like it

So won't you show me some credit
And I'm not talking about skin
I just hope that you notice
The way it feels when we kiss

Now I must mention, I wrote this under the assumption
That your pulse is at a very fast rate
But I'm pretty sure I see it in your face
We're a mess but now you're right here with me
Layin' down and getting so, so busy

While we're laying hips to hips
I can feel my hand starting to slip
When she says, she says, she says.....

She says, "Come on, don't try and act like it’s the first time
That you've taken clothes off," and baby you're so right
But maybe I'm nervous, cause my hand is shaking
And my heart is pumping, and I think I like it

So won't you show me some credit
And I'm not talking about skin
I just hope that you notice
The way it feels when we kiss

Walkin' round sugarhouse with our tongues tied
Talk about everything but what feels right
And I don't think we ever crossed that line
Yeah I don't think we ever gave it a try
So try this close your eyelids and kiss me
You keep them open like you’re all ready to miss me
I don't think we ever crossed that line
Now I know why . . .

She says, "Come on, don't try and act like it’s the first time
That you've taken clothes off," and baby you're so right
But maybe I'm nervous, cause my hand is shaking
And my heart is pumping, and I think I like it

But maybe I'm nervous, cause my hand is shaking
And my heart is pumping, and I think I like it

The Story of the Monkeys

Written By: Chris Alder

It’s been one hell of a year
And I really can't say just how I got here
When it all adds up it feels like it’s been rough
I can't provide anything
I'm just blessed with good friends and good family
Can't say enough about the ones I love
Can't say enough about the ones I . . .

2X:
I've been thinking it’s about that time
We part the clouds and let’s let the sun shine in
It’s a shame that we always can't feel this way
I don't think it ever makes sense either way

After everything that we've given up
Still our pockets are empty and we don't eat that much
For what it’s worth, I don't call this work
I've grown up a bit since I last wrote
There are some parts of this I still love and some I don't know
These lines that rhyme dissect like I write crime
And every clue is mine so bring the sunshine

2X:
I've been thinking it’s about that time
We part the clouds and let’s let the sun shine in
It’s a shame that we always can't feel this way
I don't think it ever makes sense either way

It’s a sure way to keep it buried at the tip of your tongue
And it’s a sure way to keep it buried at the tip of your tongue

3X:
I've been thinking it’s about that time
We part the clouds and let’s let the sun shine in
It’s a shame that we always can't feel this way
I don't think it ever makes sense either way

Money Penny

Written By: Chris Alder

Let’s take a moment and say
For the sake of conversation
I've never really had it this way
And it’s hard to say if I'm gonna make it
If it mattered before
This feeling that I'm after is in front of me right on the floor
There is a metaphor for that, I shouldn't have to say it

So you can be my muse, only if you choose
But I’m going to be your rock whether you like it or not
If it’s all the same to you, let’s not end the conversation

I've said so much tonight it’s like my first time baby
And if I'm right it’d be the first time so maybe I'm wrong
But I'd stay on this phone until the day I get home

Let’s take a breather and check
The way you've got me sprung I can feel my heart beat in my neck
Sounds sweet I know, I can't believe I said that
Although I'm out on the road
You've got this funny way of making me feel like I'm right at home
It’s a lot to ask but that’s where my head’s at

So you can be my muse, only if you choose
But I’m going to be your rock whether you like it or not
If it’s all the same to you, let’s not end the conversation

I've said so much tonight it’s like my first time baby
And if I'm right it’d be the first time so maybe I'm wrong
But I'd stay on this phone until the day I get home

It’s not the first I've used these words but now I mean them more
And I regret I've ever said these kinds of things before

It’s not the first I've used these words but now I mean them more
And I regret I've ever said these kinds of things before

I've said so much tonight it’s like my first time baby
And if I'm right it’d be the first time so maybe I'm wrong
But I'd stay on this phone until the day I get home

I've said so much tonight it’s like my first time baby
And if I'm right it’d be the first time so maybe I'm wrong
But I'd stay on this phone until the day I get home

Discography

Tarot Card Prophecy, EP
Souls for Sale, EP

Set List

Intro
Money Penny
Backflips & Ninja Tricks
Welcome to the family
3/13
Cover Song
Story of the Monkeys
I Got References
B-Side to the Truth
Sleep Sweet

That is a typical set. Mury shortens it or adds more songs depending on how much time they have to play.

Sets are typically 30-60 minutes long depending on where in the line-up Mury plays and how many other bands are playing that night.

Occasional covers are included. Sometimes lead vocalist Chris Alder will freestyle rap.