Following The Murder Capital’s return at the end of July with “Only Good Things”, their ﬁrst new material since 2019, today the Irish band share news of their much-anticipated second album Gigi’s Recovery, set for release on January 20th via Human Season. The album will be available on CD, in several LP editions, and digitally and is available for pre-order HERE.
Today, the band also share their second single from the record, the emotive and widescreen “A Thousand Lives,” alongside the song’s music video directed by TommyDavies. Watch it here.
“A thousand lives with you and I won’t be enough” James sings in the song, with a carefulness and weight to it, as though each life is a layer within the song, slowly building up and falling away distinguishable or indistinguishable from one another, depending on how you hear it. Front man James McGovern had the following to say about the themes behind the new single: “Knowing that the day is only X-hours long, alongside my understanding of how love can be the true restorative seed, means that if and when you are so lucky to ﬁnd it (and it is true) the seemingly small glance that is our lifetime could never contain enough of those days or those hours. Even a thousand of those lifetimes would never be enough.
The John Congleton produced new LP follows the Irish band’s celebrated 2019 debut album, “When I Have Fears”, which reached a Top 20 chart position in the UK, a #2 position in their native Ireland, and featured in media end of year lists internationally with The Guardian calling it “an outstanding debut from a great new band who play it like they mean it.”
While the material on “When I Have Fears” captured the vital beginnings of the group, the 12 songs of “Gigi’s Recovery” push the band into ever braver sonic territories, oceans apart from previous peers. Ambition is put right at the front and center, with the inventive, expansive guitar work of Cathal Roper and Damien Tuit paired to a precise and intelligent rhythmic unit in bassist Gabriel Paschal Blake and drummer Diarmuid Brennan. Electronic elements are noticeably more prominent across the record, with industrial inﬂuences explored in greater detail than ever before, McGovern’s bold melodies acting as a reassuring anchor so we never get totally swept away into the band’s new found soundscape.
The Murder Capital also made their live return this year performing at the likes of Primavera Sound, VYV Festival and Solidays, as well as opening for Pearl Jam at British Summer Time. The performances follow their largely sold-out EU / UK tours in 2020, which saw them sell out their biggest headline show to date at London’s Electric Ballroom.
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