It may seem like a response to the current eco-crisis but Cursed Murphy Versus the Resistance have taken inspiration from deathless (well, cloned) comic character Judge Dredd in the video for their new single, The Cursed Earth.

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Cursed Murphy, the musical incarnation of Wexford-born writer and spoken-word performer Peter Murphy, author of the novels John  the Revelator and Shall We Gather at the River, attributes the new song to his love of a Dredd series that appeared in British comic 2000AD in the summer of 1978.

The Resistance are guitarist Dan Comerford, plus a four-piece drum squad made up of the Gangnus sisters Rebecca, Tamara and Jasmin, and Kevin Dillon.

This is the third single from Murphy and the sextet, who describe themselves "as a mutant ninja spoken-word punk rock 'n' roll band".

Karl Urban as Judge Dredd in the 2012 film Dredd

The band’s debut single Foxhole Prayer was released in September 2018 and received airplay in Ireland and on the BBC, while their second video, the Roberto Forte-directed The Bells of Hell, racked up thousands of views in its first 24 hours online.

Murphy, who formerly played drums for Irish acts Grasshopper and Tru'penny Opera, says that This Cursed Earth is the first song to showcase the band's moodier, subtler side, drawing on everything from spacey post-rock omnichord to seventies soul grooves.

The band, who have earned a serious reputation as a live act over the past year, are currently working on their debut album

This Cursed Earth is released on all digital platforms on Friday, February 21.

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