Murder Party! – Grand Rapids, MI

Murder Party coverEqual parts spooky and silly, Murder Party! make punk rock that’s blatantly smartass but sinfully brilliant. With lyrics about the undead and outlaws, the band’s six-song debut EP plays like a retro B-movie marathon on fast-forward. Running through influences ranging from ‘50s rockabilly to ‘70s punk, with touches of Motown, ska and garage rock thrown in for good measure – all in under 20 minutes – the set proves these three vets of Grand Rapids punk scene know their history as well as their hooks. For the sake of full disclosure, Recoil’s own Ryan Cunningham produced/mixed/mastered the disc, however, Murder Party! have more than enough originality to make this a must-listen for any local music fan. Check it out now at murder-party.bandcamp.com.–Eric Mitts

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