The Murder Capital: When I Have Fears review – a raw, rampaging debut

(Human Season Records)
Dublin five-piece draws on post-punk from Joy Division to Idles, but their thrillingly unnerving energy is all their own

Post-punk has been a fruitful genre for many a young band in recent years, with careers sustained by sounding like a facsimile of Joy Division. Dublin-based quintet the Murder Capital are surely familiar with that ensemble, and some of Diarmuid Brennan’s staccato drum beats would fit snugly on Unknown Pleasures. However, the band’s palette draws on decades of the genre, stretching from early luminaries Modern English to more recent pacesetters Idles; urgent guitars cohabit with gentler piano and violin.

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