MEET THE BAND: David Russell (vocals), John Delzoppo (drums) , Richard Raponi (bass) and Ron Kretsch (guitar)
INFLUENCES EVERYWHERE: Band members all played in other local groups before coming together about four years ago. "John [Delzoppo] approached everyone about doing something," says Kretsch. "He had a whole pitch about what he wanted to do, a list of influences he was interested in pursuing, and a concept for the band. Our first 7-inch was exactly what he was talking about; it was this combination of noisy No Wave and sludge-y Amphetamine Reptile stuff. I was initially apprehensive because it sounded like he wanted a '90s throwback, but the way it worked out once we started playing, it felt like a fresh idea, really energizing. And on top of that, David [Russell] brought ideas from Goth to the band. Between us all, there are curveball influences that seem kind of out of nowhere."
GRAPHIC STUFF: If the band's graphics look unusually artistic, that's because three of the band members are visual artists. "We put a premium on keeping our visual representation in-house," says Kretsch. "All our artwork is done by various band members. We know how we want to be represented, so it's easier to do it ourselves rather than try to communicate that to someone else." A 100-page lyrics book broken into chapters with distinct visual identities accompanies the band's forthcoming album.
WHY YOU SHOULD HEAR THEM: About two and a half years ago, the band hit what Kretsch describes as a "bit of a rough patch" when many of its intended projects didn't come to fruition. "Our singer lost his voice for a while, and then our drummer had problems with his wrist," says Kretsch, adding that since Delzoppo has a studio at his home, the band can record whenever it likes. When it came time to put together a new studio release, the group simply went through "a pile of songs" it had recorded for other projects over the course of three years to find tracks that would work on a new studio release. The resulting self-titled album, the band's second full-length release after 2013's Love In Danger, comes out later this month. "We weeded out the weaker material to see if what remained made a cogent album. It turned out to be an extremely satisfying collection, so John remixed it all to sound like it was done in one session. It all coheres thematically and sonically, and I don't think we could be happier with it even if we'd actually set out to write an album."
WHERE YOU CAN HEAR THEM: murderedman-cleveland.bandcamp.com
WHERE YOU CAN SEE THEM: Murderedman performs with Hiram-Maxim, Glass Traps and DJ Marc Lansley on Saturday, July 9, at Now That's Class.