Murder by Death

Decades: 2000s


This US post-rock quartet was formed by Adam Turla (vocals/guitar), Sarah Balliet (cello), Matthew Armstrong (bass), Alex Schrodt (drums), and Vincent Edwards (keyboards). Formed in Indiana in 2000 under the name Little Joe Gould, the band released an EP but soon changed their name, paying homage to Robert Moore’s 1976 murder mystery movie. Discovered by Thursday vocalist Geoff Rickly, the quartet was signed to Eyeball Records in 2001 by owner Alex Saavedra.

Murder By Death’s early years saw them touring with Interpol, Cursive and the Get Up Kids, as well as releasing their album debut in June 2002. A combination of vocally-led rock songs and blisteringly intense instrumental epics, Like The Excorcist, But More Breakdancing, gave an indication of the band’s potential, combining elaborate arrangements with dark post-rock laced with Americana. Following a split album with Volta Do Mar, the band’s follow-up, Who Will Survive,...

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