The Murlocs

UCLA Radio Presents...

The Murlocs

Ohtis, DJ CREN$HAW

Tue · April 9, 2019

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$16-$18

This event is all ages

The Murlocs
The Murlocs
Tight-knit garage R&B outfit The Murlocs have unveiled Young Blindess, their second full-length LP.

Featuring the rollicking cuts 'Adolescence' and 'Rolling On', plus the just-released single 'Compensation' (premiered on Richard Kingsmill's '2016'), Young Blindness showcases a growth forged by a steadfast touring ethos across Australia – including a barnstorming appearance at Boogie Festival, plus support duties acts such as Mac DeMarco and Thee Oh Sees.

Young Blindness follows The Murlocs' 2014 debut LP Loopholes, building upon a solid foundation of distorted licks and melodic intuition. The hearty compositions are emboldened by the distinct vocal tremolo of singer Ambrose Kenny-Smith, soaring to impressive heights on tracks such as 'Think Out Loud' and title track 'Young Blindness'.

Lyrically, Young Blindness delves itself into an introspective vision while exerting riff-laden swagger. Themes of young paranoia and self-doubt are viewed through a lens of experience, exploring the blurred meeting point with an air of blues-borne world-weariness.

Since forming in Victoria's surf coast in 2011, The Murlocs have established themselves as a dynamic presence on stages throughout the country – entrenched within the prolific Flightless Records stable alongside King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard (who Ambrose also performs in), Love Migrate, The Babe Rainbow and more.

After launching Young Blindness, The Murlocs will go on to make their US live debut at the 2016 Levitation Festival, headlined by Ween, 13th Floor Elevators, and Brian Wilson.

Young Blindness is out Friday March 18 through Flightless / Remote Control.
Ohtis
Ohtis
Ohtis have announced the release of their new 7” single ‘Runnin’ due out 30th November 2018 via Full Time Hobby. The one-time pressing will be limited to 500 copies worldwide, stream and pre-order ‘Runnin’ HERE.

The beautifully dark country-Americana and lyrical onslaught of ‘Runnin’ is a fitting introduction to songwriter Sam Swinson’s autobiographical journey through indoctrination and addiction; an endlessly inviting confession from his past battles with substance abuse, and the religious demons lingering from his upbringing in a fundamentalist evangelical cult.

Ohtis originally formed when Swinson and co-founder Adam Pressley were sophomores at high school in Normal, Illinois. They self-released their first material on small run CD-Rs while still teenagers, primarily to a local audience. Their partnership has defined Ohtis, accompanied by a revolving cast of local musicians joining the live act over the years, including re-joining mainstay member and multi-instrumentalist Nate Hahn.

By around 2009, Swinson’s addiction had become life-threatening. Weighing the odds of maintaining a creative partnership in those conditions, Pressley and Hahn decided to distance themselves and the band dissolved. They kept in touch whilst living in different parts of the country, swapping ideas and songs online, never planning to release them, in equal parts because of their traumatic falling-out, and Sam’s ongoing addiction to heroin.

Redemption eventually came in the form of sobriety for Swinson. After making 9th step amends to both of his re-joining bandmates, they brought Ohtis back to life; unfazed by the 2000 miles that now separate them geographically, with Pressley and Hahn in Detroit and Chicago and Swinson in Los Angeles.

The first verse of ‘Runnin’ was written for Adam by Sam while he was in rehab in 2011. It foreshadows a reunion of the band, and it signals a reincarnation of Sam. “Sam’s beautiful encapsulation of recovery principles among the descriptions of his own struggle and redemption with sobriety in the song ‘Runnin’ was a major factor drawing me back to the band when they reformed,” Nate explains. Swinson went to a self-made hell, and when he came out the other side he found a support group waiting for him, which had always been there, in Ohtis.

The new LP from Ohtis will follow in 2019.
Venue Information:
The Teragram Ballroom
1234 West 7th Street
Los Angeles, CA, 90017
http://www.teragramballroom.com/