*Update* Due to the recent news surrounding Covid-19 the neighbourhood weekender festival in Warrington is rescheduling to September 5th and 6th 2020. All tickets remain valid.
Matthew 'Murph' Murphy is the Liverpudlian-born, charismatic frontman of The Wombats, and last year he ventured out on his own with solo project Love Fame Tragedy.
He is currently on tour throughout the UK, and in May he will be heading to Neighbourhood Weekender to perform alongside the likes of Pale Waves, Ian Brown and more. We caught up with him about what to expect from his festival performance, how the solo project came about and more...
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How did the project come about?
I had a couple of songs lying around that I loved and didn’t really have at home. Then suddenly I had even more, and I guess that’s when Love Fame Tragedy came about. It almost started itself due to a nice creative burst.
Was it scary going from being in the comfort of a band to being on your own?
It was certainly more exciting than scary all the way to our first gig, then I was scared. Ha! But only for a couple of songs, as I’ve really stumbled across an amazing band for Love Fame Tragedy and lifelong friends.
What’s your earliest musical memory?
My dad kind of pushed me to play classical guitar from the age of five. I was happy to be pushed though. My earliest memories are probably going to have lessons on Bold Street, Liverpool. Learning to play guitar with my fingers and barely ever practising.
You’ve been making music for over a decade, do you ever feel anxious about the current musical climate?
Not really no. I'm not overly excited about the shape of guitar music either. But I’m fortunate to have a voice and to be able to use and express it. It really is just head down and get on with it for me. I’m more excited about what the next song is gonna be like and where it’s gonna come from than who’s in the top 40. I’ve hung around there a fair bit too and it’s completely forgettable. I’m not quite blinkered but I don’t dwell on the volatility or fragility of the business.
Are you excited to be coming back to play near your hometown? How does it differ from playing around the world?
It's kind of similar to any other show apart from there's a large proportion of people you know getting absolutely wrecked.
What can people who come to watch your set at Neighbourhood Weekender expect?
A slap on the face, a stroke of the cheek and a very good time!
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