Mick Murphy releases new Neanderthal EP

Neanderthal HangtimeMick Murphy, best known as guitarist with My Ruin and Chevy Metal, has released a new EP under his Neanderthal moniker.

Titled Hangtime, the EP features 5 new tracks and a bonus ‘live in the studio’ recording.

Murphy started recording material in 2003 to provide an outlet for instrumental tracks that he was writing. The first LP under the resulting Neanderthal name, Start A Fire With Rock, was released in 2006.

To accompany the release is the new DIY video for opening track Booster, featuring vintage footage that Mick used as homage to the EP cover art.

A strong contender for the title of Busiest Man in Rock, Murphy has also released a new My Ruin album in 2013, The Sacred Mood, with wife and band mate Tairrie B, as well as touring extensively with Chevy Metal, the covers band started by Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters fame.

Murphy also hooked up with Reed Mullin this year, legendary drummer with Corrosion of Conformity, to record an album as Teenage Time Killers. The album will feature different metal, hardcore and punk vocalists and is due for release in 2014.

Murphy is also recording with Taylor Hawkins in his new prog-rock project, The Birds of Satan. An EP is set to be released in the very near future and features a 9 and a half minute song co-written by Hawkins, Dave Grohl and Murphy.

Preview and buy Neanderthal’s Hangtime EP here
Watch the video for opening track Booster here

Mick Murphy joins GJ2 Artist Roster

Mick Murphy with GJ2 Glendora guitarMick Murphy, guitarist with My Ruin and Chevy Metal, has been welcomed to the GJ2 Guitars artists roster.

Murphy and renowned guitar designer Grover Jackson met backstage at a Chevy Metal gig on the 17th July – as fate would have it, the birthday of both men. Jackson surprised Murphy with a gift after the show – a Glendora ‘Spirit of 79’ Prototype #1 guitar.

“There are not too many true guitar heroes around these days but Mick Murphy is one of the few. We love his work with My Ruin and Chevy Metal and we are really proud to have him playing our guitars,” says Jackson.

Murphy commented, ““While touring the factory on a recent visit to the GJ2 showroom with My Ruin, Grover & Jon gave me a beautiful new black Glendora with a maple neck and welcomed me as a part of the GJ2 family, which I’m proud to represent.”

“I’ve never felt such a connection and support from a guitar company as I do with GJ2. It’s an honor to be playing their guitars,” he continued.

Meanwhile, Mick and Chevy Metal play at The Sayers Club in Hollywood, Ca. this Saturday, September 28th to benefit families affected by Autism and next month at The Whisky a Go Go for the ‘ Rock Against MS’ benefit on October 17th.

My Ruin’s new album, The Sacred Mood, is out now. You can read Skin Back Alley’s 5/5 review of the album here.