Murder by Death – Kentucky Bourbon

…there are many choices in this life that we don’t get to make…

Ian, 1146miles’ fearless leader, is currently driving across the country from central PA to his next home in Colorado. Pretty intense stuff. Behind the modest facade is a dude who can traverse latitude and longitude lines like it ain’t nothing. F’real.

…like who’s your pa, and where you’re from, and when the leaves are down it’s time to rake…

Murder by Death, Indiana’s gothic-folk rock band, is currently confused about the century in which they exist. Please, no one tell them. MDB is cool in the way that gangster movies will always be cool. They take the past’s badassness and stick them in your so-very-present mind.

…but you can choose your drinking partner, and mine ain’t from Tennessee…

So what does Ian’s odyssey have to do with Murder by Death’s anachronistic songcraft? MDB has one ability that is unmatched by any other band across all genres. Their albums’ openers and closers are just magnificent. They all sound like they could fit at either bookend- hopeful starts and glorious victories abound. Yet, there’s always a sense of dread that keeps things so damn interesting.

…yes, it’s straight Kentucky bourbon for me…

So let me dedicate this post as a sendoff to Ian (and a tribute to our Friday night of mayhem in our nation’s capital). It’s “Kentucky Bourbon”, the first track from their latest release “Good Morning, Magpie.” At only 30 seconds, it still packs man’s oft-felt sense of defeat in with his unflinching hope. Now, I don’t think Ian is wallowing in a pool of shame like some of Murder by Death’s characters do from time to time, but rather on his way to save some western town from the grips of the devil. And by the devil, I mean shitty music.

…oh, it’s sweet Kentucky bourbon for me…

P.S. Ian- thanks for all the booze.

Murder By Death – Kentucky Bourbon by TAtunes

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