by Joel Lively
This week's East Bay Express Best of the East Bay Party band spotlight features a band with a great name, and a great sound. Fans of good ol' rock and roll will appreciate reading up on The Memphis Murder Men. When they were last in our office I told them I really liked their tunes. They appreciated the compliment, but assured me the key to their success is to just play straightforward rock; no tricks, easy to like. Makes sense to me.
The Memphis Murder Men:
'A 50's rock 'n' roll bastard child' - that just about sums up The Memphis Murder Men. Originally hailing from Pittsburgh, PA, the band evolved from the Steel City's first horror-punk outfit - The Brain Invaders - and now call Oakland their home. These guys have fired up the stage with The Misfits, Tiger Army, The Murder Junkies, The Quakes, The Guana Batz and just about every legendary psychobilly band there is.
The group completely embodies the rock 'n' roll that gave birth to every punk, rockabilly, and psycho band out there and do it without regrets or fear of what "the scene" might think. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, The Memphis Murder Men are putting the last nail in the coffin of bad rock 'n' roll and cranking out loud and proud rhythm and blues the way the greats did.