Singer-songwriter and lead guitarist and manager of Smiths tribute band These Charming Men, Gavin Murphy has released his new single, The Sound of Heartbreak. We asked him the BIG questions . . .
Murphy hails from Dublin's North Side but now lives in Sligo, where he recorded his debut album 45 RPM (Replay Past Memories).
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Speaking about his new single, he says "Heartbreak is a rite of passage that nobody escapes. You suffer from it, you inflict it - don’t kid yourself otherwise. It will keep happening until you learn from it and finally make peace with the scars"
Working with Gavin on this track was producer Ger McDonnell (U2, Def Leppard) along with Robbie Malone (David Gray) on bass and Paul Byrne on drums and Saoirse Kavanagh on backing vocals.
Tell us three things about yourself?
My passion is writing and producing music in my home studio in Sligo. As a guitarist, I enjoy playing live music with various bands and recording with fellow musicians. I manage and play lead guitar for The Smiths tribute These Charming Men.
How would you describe your music?
My sound and style have a melodic indie guitar-based feel with an emphasis on strong musical hooks. I like to write and structure songs in a classic style and production. When I write and record music I like to experiment with different sounds and atmospherics. Lyrically I lean towards bittersweet themes from nostalgia to regret and even a sprinkling of positivity.
Who are your musical inspirations?
Horslips were my first musical love and then I discovered the wonderful music of The Smiths. I then delved into more indie music like The Cure, New Order. Crowded House has been a big influence as I love Neil Finn’s song writing. I adore the first album by Fleet Foxes and The Kick Inside by Kate Bush. I find timeless music and classics are good for the soul.
How are you occupying yourself during the coronavirus lockdown?
I like to lock myself away in my home studio and create new music and when I finally come out of my burrow, I enjoy nearby country scenic walks with my wife and kids and two dogs. On weekends I quite enjoy watching Netflix documentaries with a couple of nice ales.
What’s your favourite song right now?
Nothing Rhymed - Gilbert O’Sullivan, pure magic. A good song never dates . . .
Favourite lyric of all time?
"To die by your side is such a heavenly way to die" - There is a Light That Never Goes Out by The Smiths
If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life what would it be?
It would have to be Bridge Over Troubled Waters by Simon & Garfunkel. The song just builds with emotion and the vocals are sublime!
Where can people find your music/more information?