Interview: Murder FM
Published on September 4th, 2012 | Jonny Abrams
Texas rockers Murder FM have just released their new single “tWIST3D l0V3 sTORY”, so Rocksucker fired some questions over to front man Norman Matthew to find out a little bit more about the whole operation. First, though, check out this teaser for the new single…
What’s the line-up of the band? How did you all meet, and how long has the band been going for?
Norman Matthew (vocals, guitar), J6 (bass, backing vocals), Matt X3r0 (guitars, vocals), Brandon Arpin (drums).
We came together as I was coming off tour with my previous band NEVER 3NOUGH with Keith and Trevor of 18 VISIONS. J6 and I had been wanting to work together for some time and i had just produced Matt X3r0’s project Chaos Follows Order. J6 and I mapped out the vision of the band with producer Beau Hill, then assembled the dream team of sorts. Matt brought in drummer Brandon Arpin and 2yrs later, here the the four of us still stand m/
How would you describe your music, if pushed?
Sounds like your heart in a blender…for those that don’t know that sound, think Nine Inch Nails mess marries Rob Zombie’s grooves and finesse, while reading The Cure’s lyrics and wrapping it into arena rock glory learning from greats like Motley Crue and Guns N’ Roses with a side of “WDGAF” haha
Where are you based, and what do you use to record with?
Born and raised in El Paso,Tx, operating out of Dallas..TX loud n proud! As a producer I use Cakewalk / Roland X1 Producer Edition and not just because they endorse me and my work, but because it’s an AMAZING DAW and the company itself is great!
Is there a full album in the works? If so, what can you tell us about it? (Feel free to be as abstract as you like…)
It’s been in the works for a while now, we have been fourtunate to tour with some great bands and even make a trek in the UK (amazing btw). I’m kinda weird on when we put the material out and how it’s represented since the concept of an “album” has declined so much within the musical world ya know?
There’s so much music out there and we have such great fans who have supported us since our inception I don’t want to clog the world with material that isn’t completely ready for the sake of releasing something, I want it full of passion so that the listener can connect to it the way we do.
The material and sound of the band has been growing and evolving so much that every time I think it’s time to release the full length, we take another step forward musicially, so in the interim we’ll keep releasing EP’s and singles on a consistent basis in between tours until the timing is right for the full length. In reality we actually end up releasing more music in the long run this way m/
Where can we hear your music online?
Easiest way is to just go to www.MURDERFMmusic.com and that will direct you to Spotify,iTunes,ReverbNation, all that killer stuff.
Which have been your most exciting gigs and/or overall moments so far?
Everyone has a different one. I know for me it has been every moment, but the standouts are definitely Nottingham, England on Halloween, hitting Glasgow, Scotland, opening for KORN and without a doubt, hands down I think London this past November is a favorite of all of ours, a dream come true for me no doubt.
Got any more coming up? (Gigs, that is…)
As a matter of fact yes! Our latest single “tWIST3D l0V3 sTORY” was released on 8/28 and our tour with GEMINI SYNDROME and SEPTEMBER MOURNING kicks off 9/5/12 in Phoenix,AZ, then we have a handful of headlining dates in Oct, headlining some festivals and radio shows. Very stoked.
Are there any obscure and/or up-and-coming acts that you’d like to recommend or give a shout-out to?
Hmm, I’ve produced alot of bands lately. soon to be on your radar from that will be Maldevera, teen all girl rock/punk band The Bombs, my fools in Drater, Set Us on High, Northbound and country singer/songwriters/ex students of mine Tiffany Houghton and Baylor Wilson.
Finally, if you were forced to spend the rest of your days in solitary confinement, but were allowed to bring the entire works of five different musical artists along to tide you over, whose would you choose?
KISS / DEPECHE MODE / THE CURE / NINE INCH NAILS / GUNS N’ ROSES.
Norman Matthew, thank you.
For more information please visit www.MURDERFMmusic.com