Hi Friends, skOt here. As I continue to train for the October Portland marathon, I’m constantly updating the old i-Pod with lively, upbeat songs to keep me moving.
One EP that always gets the job done in that respect is the latest from Houston, TX based Celtic rock band, Murder The Stout. Originally released in Dec. 2011, this 7 song EP is high energy music brilliantly played by a top-notch group of musicians.
Stand out tracks for me (whether I’m running or sitting back with a pint) are “Six O’ Clock Swill” and “That’s Just Me”. Which is saying a lot because every single song on here is great.
Hugh Morrison‘s gritty, authentic, vocals sit well with music that has a kind of nostalgic tone. Even though we’re talking about Celtic rock, distorted guitars and power chords aren’t the main ingredient here. Instead, they lend support to the catchy melodies laid down by fiddle, banjo, and whistles, that in turn, inspire a vocal performance that listeners will no doubt sing along with. A near perfect mix.
Murder The Stout came back into action in 2010. Although Hugh Morrison is the lone original member from the 2004 line-up, the new band holds its own. Featuring Street Dogs member, Johnny Rioux (mandolin), and Kevin Murphy (electric guitars), Neil DuFour (acoustic guitars), David Schaefer (whistles), Marcus Hollar (banjo), Jason Bancroft (bass), and Pete Sosa (drums), this is a band on the rise. MTS stays busy with shows and touring, and isn’t slowing down. With festivals in the U.S. and European dates rumored, there’s plenty of chances to catch them live.
Celtic Rock is strong in Texas, and Murder The Stout leads the way. Fans of Celtic music will dig this 7 song EP, like the thousands that already do. The reviews speak for themselves. If it isn’t in your collection yet, now’s the time!
Time for me to get running, MTS on the i-Pod, ready to go.