Father Murphy, one of the most mysterious and enigmatic musical entities to come out of Italy in recent years, has premiered a new music video today on Vice.com.  The video, a stop-motion animated reenactment of the crucifixion, is set to the track "A Purpose" which appears on the band's new album Croce that is officially available today from The Flenser.  The band is also on tour in North America now through April 20th - dates can be found below. 

Croce is a collection of dark psychedelic/industrial cabaret is a concept record about the cross (yes, it’s THAT cross - ‘croce’ in Italian), with one side of the record sonically representing the suffering and sacrifice and the flip side reflecting what comes after; the end of said suffering, resurrection, or perhaps oblivion.  This album marks the band’s fifth full-length release of Father Murphy's extensive catalogue and was recorded by John Dieterich in Albuquerque, NM and mixed by Greg Saunier earlier this year.  

The sounds Father Murphy creates on Croce are shadowy, the atmospheres muddy and murky, from which spring unexpected blurts of impossibly catchy noise pop, approaching at times something almost operatic, like some twisted musical detailing the trials and tribulation of the crucifixion.  Male and female vocals by Freddie Murphy and Chiara Lee intertwine over distorted blasts of guitar crunch, anchored by stuttering homebuilt percussion.  This sound is both textural and nuanced but also noisy and chaotic, and that chaos is carefully sculpted into jagged shards of fragmented pop, and that pop oven into a dramatic, almost theatrical song suite.   


March 17 - Space Gallery, Portland, ME, USA w/Afraid, 

March 18 - Casa del Popolo, Montreal, CDN w/Perverted Justice, Flesh Entry

March 19 - Mugshots, Ottawa, CDN

March 20 - The Cave, Toronto, CDN

March 21 - UFO Factory, Detroit, MI, USA

March 22 The Burlington, Chicago, IL, USA

March 23 The Pentagon, Ames, IA, USA

March 24 The West Wing, Omaha NE USA

March 25 Bar Bar, Denver, CO, USA w/Of Earth And Sun, Echo Beds, and Shroud

March 26 Diabolical Records, Salt Lake City, UT, USA

March 25-27 Treefort Music Fest, Boise, ID, USA

March 28 - Beacon Sound, Portland, OR, USA

March 29 - The Black Lodge, Seattle, WA, USA w/Fever Witch, A story of rats, Mood Organ

March 30 - Deadbeat Records, Olympia, WA USA

April 1 - Hollywood Theater, Portland, OR, USA, Paper Circus 

April 3 - LCM Oakland, CA, USA w/Chasms, All Your Sisters

April 4 - The Hemlock Tavern, San Francisco, CA, USA

April 5 - Human Resources, Los Angeles, CA, USA w/Xiu Xiu noise set

April 7 - Spirit Abuse, Albuquerque, NM, USA

April 8 - Grynde, El Paso, TX, USA

April 9 - North Door, Austin, TX, USA

April 10  - Korova Basement, San Antonio, TX

April 11 - Rubber Gloves, Denton, TX

April 12 - Spottswood, Memphis, TN

April 13 - Mono, Birmingham, AL

April 14 - Static Age, Asheville, NC, USA

April 15 - Pilot Light, Knoxville, TN, USA

April 17 - The Holy Underground w/Theologian, Baltimore, MD, USA

April 18 - Cha Cha Razzi, Philadelphia, PA, USA

April 20 - Paper Circus @ Spectacle, Brooklyn NY USA

May 1 - Kabinet MUZ, Brno, CZ

May 2 - Klubovna Povalec, Prague, CZ

May 3 - Hemdendienst, Nurnmberg, DE

May 5 - West Germany, Berlin, DE

May 7 - Konsthallen Lokstallet, Stromstad, SWE

May 8 - Koloni Gbg, Göteborg, SWE, w/Diane Cluck, Sheik Anorak

May 9 - Mother, Stockholm, SWE, w/Modern Feelings

May 11 - Multiphonics @ MS Stubnitz, Hamburg, GER

May 13 - Hetbos, Antwerp, BE, w/bulbul

May 15 - Le Sud, Rotterdam, NL

May 16 - Cafe de Ruimte, Amsterdam, NL, w/Zea

May 19 - Stramonium Club,  Brighton, UK TBA

May 20 - Venue TBA  Bristol, UK w/MX LX

May 21 - Chameleon, Nottingham, UK

May 23 - The Black Heart, London, UK

May 24 - Bradford Threadfest, Bradford, UK w/Howie Reeve and more

May 25 - The Audacious Art Experiment, Sheffield, UK w/Howie Reeve

May 26 - Nice’n Sleazy, Glasgow, UK, w/Howie Reeve

May 27 - Tunnel 1, Aberdeen UKw/Howie Reeve

May 28 - Fat out ‘till you pass out Event, Manchester, UK w/Howie Reeve

May 29 - The Kazimier Garden, Liverpool, UK w/Howie Reeve, a.P.A.t.T

June 2 - La Malterie, Lille, FR

June 4 - Gare XP, Paris, FR

June 5 - Relax, Clermont Ferrand, FR

June 6 - Les Pavillions Sauvages, Toulouse, FR

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