By Serena Lapointe, Resident Journalism Effort Press Reporter Whitecourt Press
Mon., July 5, 2021 timer 3 minutes. read
For more than a year, thus numerous, they have actually been sidelined. “Throughout COVID, the band wasn’t permitted to do anything performing-wise. They practiced to remain concentrated and did some interviews for some publications, however that was it,” described band professional photographer and art director McKala Carriere.
Their last program prior to the pandemic was February 2020, and in a twist of misfortune, they put out their 2nd album, The Whitegirl Lost EP, 2 days prior to the very first lockdown. “They needed to cancel their trip, so the album got no acknowledgment. It resembled it didn’t even take place,” discussed Carriere. After putting a lot time and heart into it, having no chance to get it out to fans and attract promotion was heartbreaking. “It was a punch in the stomach,” stated bass gamer David Crowell. “We were all hyped up. We had programs lined up to play throughout Alberta, into BC and all over. In an immediate, it was simply gone.”
Instead of sit by and wait, Crowell, in addition to bandmates William Blair (guitar player and vocalist) and Chris Bougie (drums), chose to do what they do best; produce music. “Throughout COVID, we taped our 3rd album, Chase You, in Calgary. We had to leap through a lot of hoops to get that done. We might just enter one at a time, and we needed to use masks the whole time. We likewise needed to remain at specific locations and not go anywhere else. It was hard.”
Crowell stated that underground artists have actually struggled similar to a lot of other organizations in handling the failure to do what they do. “We are all simply attempting to get our voice heard and go out there and reveal individuals our music and our love for the neighborhood. It has actually been a difficult time.”
Carriere stated that when the young boys lastly got to play a phase in the street of the Crown and Anchor on June 11, they were thrilled for their sneak preview in a long period of time. “It went incredible. There was a remarkable turnout. We truly thank the owner of the Crown and Anchor for doing this for us. There were lots of faces of advocates that we saw that we would usually see out at our programs. It was quite sweet.”
The totally free program proved to be a hit for the band, the dining establishment, and the fans although it was harder. “We understand the owner rather well, and he has actually wished to place on a program due to the fact that he enjoys music and likes the crowd of individuals we bring. I work as a scaffolder, so I brought scaffolding over and developed it. My pal had a trailer that we set the scaffolding up around. We brought all of our equipment so that individuals might enjoy it at the exact same quality level that we want them to have. We had Whitecourt authorities stroll by, questioning the number of individuals existed and inquiring about the scaffolding since of unique authorizations. No matter how hard we attempted to abide by the circumstance, we still had little obstacles we needed to leap around, however, at the end of the day, it deserved it for us, and we would do it once again,” discussed Crowell.
They even generated an Edmonton band called Balderdash to have fun with them at the Crown and Anchor to share the love. “We paid them to come and have fun with us. We attempt to support each other as much as we can due to the fact that we need to get heard,” stated Crowell. With things back open, The Murms are wanting to return in equipment promoting their music. “We are ideally going to be playing a lot more programs and not simply outside in streets. We are taking a look at doing programs on personal property and in organization areas.”
With 2 albums of brand-new music to present to fans (White Lady Wasted and Chase You), The Murms aspire to turn the switch and rock out routinely once again. “We are on all social networks, so follow us to understand about our programs this summertime. We are likewise on Spotify, Apple Music and other music streaming apps. Sharing our music assists us out enormously since it gets brand-new individuals hearing us,” stated Crowell. To their fans, Crowell stated they are pumped to return to what they do best. “We miss you all extremely a lot. Do not fret, we will keep putting out music for you and will place on more programs quickly. We can’t wait to see you!”