Live From Los Angeles – Tairrie B. Photography: Chevy Metal, Conejo Valley Days, 14th of May, 2016

CM100CVD_TB2016When My Ruin frontwoman and wicked witch of the west coast Tairrie B. Murphy is not on stage or in the studio she’s busy conjuring rock magick behind the camera, shooting some of her favorite bands & musicians live in and around the city of angels. Check out her work in the gallery below.

Band: Chevy Metal
Venue: Conejo Valley Days, CA.
Date: 14th of May, 2016
All photos: © Tairrie B. Photography

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Taylor Hawkins: The Birds Of Satan is my freedom

Foo Fighter's Taylor Hawkins And Chevy Metal Benefit Concert With The Generation Rescue And Age Of Autism

Taylor Hawkins has said in an interview that The Birds Of Satan, the band he is in with My Ruin’s Mick Murphy and Chevy Metal’s Wiley Hodgden, is just the freedom he’s needed.

Speaking in an interview with Music Radar, Hawkins admits that he isn’t always able to express himself in Foo Fighters, his regular band fronted by Dave Grohl.

“Not having to share that department with anyone and being able to come up with all my own drum shit, just the way I want it, is such fun because I really don’t always get that freedom in the Foo Fighters. And nor should I, because those are Dave’s songs and, being a drummer himself, he knows exactly how he wants things to be,” he says.

“To be honest, I think the fact that I even get to play drums on Foo Fighters records is kind of astounding, considering one of the greatest drummers of all time is the lead singer of the band and could easily do it by himself.

“So, yes, there is definitely something I get with a project like this that I don’t get with Foo Fighters. And Dave understands that, just as I understand that he’s a drummer first and foremost and needs to go off and play drum gigs every once in a while.”

The Birds Of Satan released their debut album in April this year, garnering a 5/5 review from Skin Back Alley. You can read the review here.

They also recently rocked Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the LA based TV talk show. You can watch their performance of song “Thanks For The Line” below.

Meanwhile, Mick Murphy and Tairrie B. Murphy of My Ruin are heading to the UK in August to play a series of shows, including this year’s Alt Fest.

My Ruin will play:

15th of August: Alt Fest, Kettering
16th of August: Underworld, Camden
17th of August: The Haunt, Brighton
19th of August: Sound Control, Manchester
20th of August: O2 Academy, Birmingham
21st of August: The Fleece, Bristol
22nd of August: Fibbers, York
23rd of August: The Waterfront, Norwich

The band released their latest album, The Sacred Mood, in summer last year, and secured the top spot in Skin Back Alley’s “Best Albums of 2013”. Read what we had to say here.

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The Birds of Satan stream full album via NME

Birds Of SatanThe Birds Of Satan are streaming their eponymous debut album via an exclusive stream on the NME website.

You can listen to the stream here.

The Birds Of Satan is the side project of My Ruin’s Mick Murphy, Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins and Chevy Metal’s Wiley Hodgden. The album is due for release in the UK on the 14th April.

As NME describes it: “It’s a frenetic blast of sick guitar riffs, epic guitar solos and propulsive drums that was recorded in less than a week. Produced by John Lousteau, The Birds are joined by a bunch of guest artists including Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters and Nirvana guitarist Pat Smear and keyboard player Rami Jaffee. Enjoy.”

Find out more about the band and pre-order exlusive album packages at the official Birds Of Satan website.

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Birds Of Satan album gets release date

Birds Of SatanThe Birds Of Satan, the rock n’ roll brainchild of Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins, My Ruin’s Mick Murphy and Chevy Metal’s Wiley Hodgden, have announced a release date for their debut album.

The self-titled LP will be released on 15th April via Shanabelle Records.

The album is available for pre-order through iTunes, with limited edition packages available through Shopify. A YouTube channel, Facebook page and Twitter feed have also appeared.

You can watch a trailer for the album below:

The full tracklisting for the album is as follows:

The Ballad Of The Birds Of Satan
Thanks For The Line
Pieces Of The Puzzle
Nothing At All
Wait ‘Til Tomorrow
Too Far Gone To See

It’s safe to say, at Skin Back Alley, we’re ridiculously excited for this release……! Tour dates are to be announced soon.

Mick Murphy and GJ2 to release signature guitar

MM PlayingMick Murphy playing a GJ2 Glendora “Spirit of ’79” at the Harley Davidson “Love Ride.” (Photo: Jesse Silva)

Mick Murphy, lead guitarist and composer with My Ruin, is to release a signature guitar with GJ2 Guitars.

Set to be revealed at this year’s 2014 NAMM convention, the ‘Triple M’ – or ‘Mick Murphy Model’ – is described by GJ2 founder Grover Jackson as “a stripped-down, straight ahead rock machine that looks and plays like a rocket.”

Murphy joined the GJ2 artist roster last year after meeting Jackson at a Chevy Metal gig that took place on the two men’s shared birthday of 17th July. Jackson and GJ2 partner Jon Gold signed the loan guitar that Mick had been playing during the show and gifted it to him as a birthday present. The rest, as they say, is history.

The ‘Triple M’ will bear Murphy’s trademark =MM= signature and features a single humbucker with a hard-tail bridge. It will be available in a new set of colours that are exclusive to the model.

Murphy has played a vintage ‘RR’ model Jackson for years and counts it amongst his favourites in his collection. “My GJ2 guitars are so awesome I no longer want to play anything else” he says. “They’re the best guitars I’ve ever had the pleasure of playing. I’m proud to be a part of the GJ2 family.”

Murphy, Jackson and Gold will reveal the guitar at the NAMM 2014 Preview Day on Wednesday 22nd January, where they will discuss and demo the model on stage.