After a pair of well-received EPs, Grand Rapids, Michigan trio Major Murphy are finally ready to unleash their debut full-length into the world this March. No. 1 is three years in the making, and saw the band stepping for the first time out of the bedroom and into the studio for its creation. Today, we’re happy to be premiering the album’s title track, which has aspects of Sgt. Peppers-era Beatles, which is to say that the dynamic structures of vocal harmonies between songwriter Jacob Bullard and bassist Jacki Warren are impeccably crafted.
“’No. 1′ was originally inspired as an attempt to describe a world where Google glass or such technology is profuse,” said Bullard in an email. “In the end, it turned out to be a kind of ego crisis song. The lyrics demonstrate a desire to find one’s personal identity outside of anyone’s opinion or expectation of oneself, but habitually defaulting to insecurity and dependance on the opinion of others to bring themselves a sense of security and contentment.” Check out “No. 1” below.
No. 1 is out 3/30 on Winspear. Pre-order it here and check the band out on tour this winter at any of the below dates.
1/25 Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop
2/17 Traverse City, MI @ The Little Fleet
3/13 Austin, TX @ SXSW
3/14 Austin, TX @ SXSW
3/15 Austin, TX @ SXSW
4/09 Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle
4/12 Grand Rapids, MI @ Grand Rapids Public Museum
4/15 Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups