What could be better in these extremely bleak times than some caffeinated punk pop anthems from Murph & The Gazorpos? The last proper Murph & The Gazorpos release was the A Little Reaction EP on Super Fan 99 Records. Murph’s latest, “Too Scared to Rock ‘N’ Roll” found it’s way onto the Neon Maniacs compilation (Girlsville/Nerve Centre Records) last Fall. Turns out that particular cut was a preview from the latest EP of the same name.
Standout tracks like “All or Nothing” are among the best we’ve heard from The Gazorpos. It’s bangy punk pop and I have it on good authority that it was written and recorded with the intention of it appearing on a split with Proto Idiot. So it’s Grade A stuff. Murph has actually been spending a portion of his time in the band Freak Genes with Proto Idiot’s Andrew Anderson, and has also started a new band that has a strong Conundrum-era Headcoats feel to it.
“Too Scared to Rock ‘N” Roll” is a catchy uptempo pop rocker with wild ‘n surfy leads and cartoon-punk vocals. It features back-up vox by Poppy Robinson and even some Jerry Lee Lewis-style piano provided by Proto Idiot’s Michael Floyd Seal. Top drummer Matt Cleave (Red Cords) provides the beat on the whole of the EP. It is a good time from start to finish! Something that we all need right now!
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Murph & The Gazorpos Too Scared to Rock ‘N’ Roll is out NOW on Nerve Centre Records.