Mad, bad and dangerous to know, Murkage sound huge. Their brand of earthquake-sized electronica, coupled with socially poignant and often controversial lyrics, deftly destroys lazy categorisation. Resolutely uncompromising, the band cryptically describe their creative philosophy as ‘Of Mystics And Misfits’ and their sound simply as ‘Murkage Music’. It is a grimy clarion call to freedom booming through underground speakerboxes worldwide. It’s this high-octane onstage riot of four snarling tongues, massive live drums and a DJ, that has led critics to describe Murkage as ‘probably the best live act in the country today’. After the release of their acclaimed debut EP in 2011 Murkage emerged behemoth-like from the beating heart of Manchester’s nocturnal terrain, making waves throughout the past twelve months.
- New single Torches angrily tackles the riots, economic crisis and the forces drive these issues, sampling Alessio Rastani’s notorious Eurozone speech throughout.
- Drowned In Sound’s Simon Jay Catling writes “It’s words are spat with a focused anger, a clarion call against politicians and a recognition that what happened this summer did so for a reason, and shouldn’t be ignored.”
- Last Murkage single ‘Paperweight’ was named by Manchester Evening News as “The Most Important Record To Come Out Of Manchester In Over 15 Years”
- The EP ‘Default Sovereign’ received strong support from both 1xtra, Radio One and BBC Introducing Manchester (Mistajam, Target, Kissy Sellout, Sam Walker).
- In 2011 Murkage performed at Reading Festival for BBC Introducing. The highlights footage was one of the top 5 most shared for the whole event.
- The band also performed at Leeds Festival, Lovebox, Wakestock, Great Escape Festival, Kendal Calling and many more.
- Murkage toured France in the winter with Generiq festival, sharing bills with acts such as Sebastian, Orelsan and 1995.
- The band have also supported Wu Tang Clan, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Giggs and Lethal Bizzle in the UK.