Love Fame Tragedy Discuss New EP

Love Fame Tragedy is the new solo project from The Wombats’ frontman Matthew “Murph” Murphy. The band recently released their new EP
Love Fame Tragedy

Love Fame Tragedy is the new solo project from The Wombats’ frontman Matthew “Murph” Murphy. The band recently released their new EP, Named after a seminal Pablo Picasso exhibition at the Tate Modern, I Don’t Want To Play The Victim, But I’m Really Good At It, which also features contributions from Pixies’ joey Santiago, Gus Unger-Hamilton of Alt-J, model and singer Maddi Jean Waterhouse, and former Soundgarden and Pearl Jam drummer Matt Chamberlain. So far, Love Fame Tragedy have released three singles from the album, including a video for “Backflip.”

QuiCK Q+A with Matthew “Murph” Murphy:

Northern Transmissions: You have been quite busy touring and writing with the Wombats over the last few years, was it always the plan to release I Don’t Want To Play The Victim, But I’m Really Good At It, were the songs always meant to be part of a solo project?

Matthew “Murph” Murphy: Not really, no. “Brand New Brain” was in the running to be a Wombats song but didn’t happen and I loved it and wanted to get it out. Then a ton of other songs came and it started to become clear to me that this was going to mean starting a new project/band.

NT: How Did Picasso inspire the new album?

MMM: He only really inspired the name of the project. I was looking for a name that had a looping feeling to it, something that I suppose represented the inevitable ups and downs of life. The vast majority of songs were written before I had settled on a name.

NT: You have Joey Santiago, playing on the album. Who has a pretty distinguished sound. Did you envision him playing guitar, when writing the album?

MMM: It was all very laid back, we played golf, had lunch and then he came to the studio and played on a few songs and we kept the best bits. It’s was really relaxed but mega cool.

NT: Is there more solo material coming?

MMM: Yes. EP2 is recorded and there will be an album next year.

NT: What are some of your favorite new bands/artists from the UK?

MMM: The Night Cafe and Bloxx.

Love Fame Tragedy
Don’t Want To Play The Victim, But I’m Really Good At It
tracklist

My Cheating Heart
Backflip
Pills
Brand New Brain