Murdocks Reunion Show Tonight at Hotel Vegas
When the original line-up for Austin band Murdocks disbanded around 2005, things were looking pretty bleak. Everything was literally piling up for frontman Franklin Morris. The band had been dropped from its record label, and Morris was faced with unemployment and divorce.
But oftentimes, some of your best work can emerge from all the turmoil. Morris wrote the songs that would soon became Murdocks’ second album, Distortionist (2010), packed with all combinations of rock, pop, garage rock and punk.
This was around the same time that Morris met bassist Kyle Robarge (The Calm Blue Sea, The Couch) who had just moved to Austin from Los Angeles. He was impressed with Murdocks’ raw and dissonant sound, and he introduced Morris to drummer David T. Jones. A connection was made. The trio breathed new life into the Murdocks sound.
It’s been awhile since Murdocks played a show, but they’ve got a couple of new tracks to share, and they have a reunion show tonight at Hotel Vegas, 1500 E. 6th St. And it’s one of those triple bills I get into, with The Calm Blue Sea and Watch Out For Rockets on the bill. Get there around 10 p.m. Recommended.