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      September 26, 2019

      Thursday   9:30 PM

      217 East Houston Street
      New York, New York 10002

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      Love Fame Tragedy

      with Yella Belly
      Gorillaz. The Postal Service. Gnarls Barkley. Nick Cave and Kylie Minogue. When musicians from differing pointson the sonic spectrum collide, magical things can happen; theres a fatalistic creative urge to spin the barreland see what fires out. And so it was for Matthew Murph Murphy and the array of stellar alt-rock and popguests that make up his new project Love Fame Tragedy. Relocated away from his Wombats bandmates in LA,from 2016 he found himself collecting songs that didnt seem to fit on The Wombats Top Three 2017 albumBeautiful People Will Ruin Your Life and itching to explore new musical avenues.I just wanted to try something new, something that didnt involve any politics , he says. I dont think it wasan ego thing, it was just something I wanted to experience and see how it turned out. I wanted to start aproject thats much more brain-to-mouth, so to speak. I think it, I record it, I release it and theres not muchbullshit in between those stages, which is how music is leaning now. I wanted to give myself an avenue inwhich to do that - to collaborate with whoever and do whatever and there be no politics about it.So when, over the course of 2018, Murph set about recording the batches of songs hed put aside for his newproject with producer Mark Crew ( Bastille / RagnBone Man / The Wombats) , hed play contacts list roulette.While he was recording at 64 Sound in LA hipsterville Highland Park, he invited his old touring mate and nowgolf buddy Joey Santiago from Pixies to pop down after the eighteenth hole and spend a few hours unleashinghis sordid swamp rock beast on My Cheating Heart and Everything Effects Me Now. I tried to put my ownspin on it, it was very quick and painless, Joey says. He pretty much knew what he wanted, when it wasgood, it was good. Hes a very talented man.Mark Stoermer from The Killers also dropped in to the LA studio to play bass on Everything while, inLondon, Gus Unger-Hamilton from Alt-J got the call from One Eyed Jacks studio in South London, where hisgood friend was looking for striking ambient keyboards add to Backflip and take Brand New Brain in a glitchyfuture soul direction.Ive been good friends with Gus since about 2013, says Murph. He loves to get stuck in with anything - hemade that song so exciting for me. Its great to have talented musicians, musicians who have their own niche.When you hear Joey play the guitar you can just tell its him and the same thing with Gus with the keymelodies he chooses and the distinct sound of his voice . Its great to have artists and musicians like thatplaying on songs of your own because it makes them ten times cooler, at least in your own head. Theyre notlike featured artists. Ive got the songs and if a friends in town who wants to play on them its as much of acollaborative thing as it is a band. Its also a good excuse to hang out with people and have a laugh.As the songs began to snowball - I found myself really inspired by creating something new, Murph says - herealised he needed a fresh voice. Hed previously written a song for Suki Waterhouse which I dont think sheliked, and heard through the grapevine that Sukis sister Maddi was interested in making music too. Ilistened to a couple of her songs and her voice is so soft and cool in that Sexy Boy vein, he says. I reallywanted that on a couple of songs.Now all Murph needed was a name for the project. And for a concept bordering on the surreal, high art hadthe answer. I went to see this Picasso exhibition in the Tate Modern, Murph recalls. I wouldnt say it was aeureka moment but the whole exhibition really resonated with me. I was after a title for the project that hadthis looping feeling to it - Love Fame Tragedy [the name of the exhibition] seems like an endless cycle or way ofbeing. It triggered a lot of things and a lot of songs flew out after that.As intended, Love Fame Tragedy will flow unhindered into the world. One track a month, starting inmidsummer, will compile into a debut four-track EP of adventurous, uninhibited alt-pop running the gamutfrom infectious industrial synth-pop (My Cheating Heart) to chrome-plated electro-blues (Backflip) and pure21 st Century pop in Pills, a song Murph describes as a really fucked up Murph version of Robyns Dancing OnMy Own. The project has clearly blown wide Murphs musical horizons - he even considers forthcoming trackEverything Effects Me Now as my attempt at Don Henleys Boys Of Summer I dont think Id be gettingaway with that in any other scenario. Yet, at its core, Love Fame Tragedy bears all the hallmarks of Murphsclassic synth-pop confessionals, where hedonism, responsibility, anxiety and the fragility of love collide.Brand New Brain finds him losing it in a haze of wild mania (did I push it to the limit, did I throw a rock atyour car?) and, come the regretful dawn, struggling to hold his relationship together: its taking it way too farand having to claw your way back into whatever normality there was before A lot of the songs are trying tomake sense of the surrounding world and why I do certain things the way I do them. Pills concerns thecomedown hollowness when the drugs - medicinal or recreational - stop working. And Backflip and MyCheating Heart dissect disintegrating relationships; the former a portrait of a dysfunctional affair between thedamaged and the lonely (were just a poorly-timed backflip), the latter an autobiographical glance back atMurphs early days of living in America, roaming San Francisco gorging on the Californian money, women,cars rocknroll lifestyle. Its looking back on those times with a slight smirk on my face, Murph explains,and dealing with monogamy as a way of life. I should write a song about polyamory and see what thats like.Content to work both alone and with the odd friendly musical partner, including Bastilles Dan Smith for thenext batch of tracks, who knows who else, or what else, Love Fame Tragedy will involve.It was about trying to find as many new ideas and do as many new things as possible, Murph says. Differentfeelings and vibes and tempos to songs than Id normally do, feeling more creative. What follows love, fameand tragedy? Wed bank on success.

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