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.

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Courtney DelMar

Aside from writing about bands for 50THIRDAND3RD, CJDelMar runs the Girlsville Records imprint out of Portland, OR. Girlsville is home to bands like COACHWHIPS, HOOD RATS, TOWANDA, MR. AIRPLANE MAN, VIRVON VARVON, & THE PRISSTEENS. girlsville.bandcamp.com

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