Murder by Death to “knock the (Pub’s) doors down”

Jeremia Schrock / Sun Star Reporter
June 20, 2011

This coming Friday, June 24, the University of Alaska – Fairbanks (UAF) Pub will reopen for one night only to host visiting alternative band Murder by Death. According to the events Facebook page, the band sounds like a mix of Johnny Cash and the Decemberists. The event is being put on by the Student Activities Office.

As part of their Alaska tour, the band will also play venues in Denali, Healy, Talkeetna and McCarthy.

Murder By Death Friday, June 24 concert announcement.

The four-member band is comprised of Adam Turla (guitar, vocals), Dagan Thogerson (drums), Matt Armstrong (bass), and Sarah Balliet (cello, keys). The band is as based around Turla’s voice as the band Mumford and Son’s is around Marcus Mumford. Murder by Death has released five albums since forming in 2000 and hails from Indiana. Look for them to play such favorites as “Brother”, “White Noise,” and “Comin’ Home.”

Their latest album, Good Morning, Magpie, released in 2010, peaked at #200 on the Billboard 200 chart. The song “Comin’ Home” (from the bands 2008 release Red of Tooth and Claw) was featured in a trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s film Inglorious Basterds.

Opening for Murder by Death will be campus favorites Feeding Frenzy. The five-member group played roadside gigs in Austin, TX during March’s South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival. The band was ranked #81 in PASTE magazines “100 Bands at SXSW.”

“Murder by Death has been a favorite band of mine for years now, and I can imagine my 16-year-old self would be soiling himself right about now,” said Ryan Bateman about opening for Murder by Death. Bateman plays banjo and sings in Feeding Frenzy.

Bateman, who works for SAO, is no stranger to interacting with visiting bands. “I’ve generally found that it’s more comfortable just to get to know them casually rather than making it an exercise in fanboyism,” Bateman said. “As tough as it is not to just say ‘Holy crap I love your music,’” he added.

Advance tickets for the show are Students $10/General $15 while tickets at the door are Students $15/General $25. All tickets can be purchased at the Wood Center, College Coffee House, and Grassroots Guitar.

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