Major Murphy announce debut album No.1
Grand Rapids’ Major Murphy is set to release their debut full-length album, No. 1. Those who caught feelings for Mary, the plaintive single released in November of 2017, may be pleased to find that the single is no outlier in this album.
Not quite pastiche, the lyrics of songwriter Jacob Bullard come from millennials’ unique cache of societal anxiety and ego-crises. Bullard heaves up worries seeded in adult selfhood and relationships, working for answers beyond life’s many brief and manic vanities.
Most of No. 1 was recorded live, capturing how naturally Major Murphy makes music together. EPs Future Release and On & Off Again were demoed and recorded at home around life’s many, ever-shifting details—personal schedules, babysitter availability, practice space needs and changes, and so on.
When Future Release came out shortly after the band formed in 2015, Bullard remembers telling Warren and Voortman that they have no responsibility to that tape when performing. Their intention together as a band has always focused on what they do live, figuring out what and how they like to play together, rather than trying to mimic a bedroom recording. No. 1 is the culmination of that time and ethos: three years of exploring their musical interests and their natural dynamic.
When Major Murphy tours, they travel in a light-blue Plymouth Voyager van and make a memorably caring and playful threesome.
“This album is kind of an experiment,” says Bullard, “We wanted to see what would happen if we recorded in a studio instead of at home. We wanted to extend the idea of capturing our live dynamic a little further.”
2. Who Will I Be
5. My C.C. Blues
6. Step Out
7. One Day
9. When I Go Out
10. Lisa, Robbi, And Me
Major Murphy’s No. 1 releases via Winspear on March 30.