Stream Murder by Death and Then See Them Play Live

July 13th, 2012

The five-piece Murder by Death formed while attending college in Bloomington, Ind., in 2000. They began making music together just to have fun, with an eye on playing parties to drink for free. The name comes from a movie and where their sound comes from is either complicated or very simple depending on your point of view. There have been all kinds of labels for it, from post-punk and Americana to alt-country and Gothic Southern rock. But the band—Adam Turla (vocals, guitar and keys), Matt Armstrong (bass) and Sarah Balliet (cello and keys), part of the original lineup, and Dagan Thogerson (drums) and Scott Brackett (accordion, cornet and theremin), who joined in 2007 and 2011, respectively—just prefers: rock and roll. Their sixth album, Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon, comes out on 9/25 (stream “I Come Around,” below), and Murder by Death (above, doing “As Long as There Is Whiskey in the World”) plays Webster Hall next Tuesday, 7/17.