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Published on July 31st, 2022 | by Darren Paltrowitz

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Murder By Death’s Adam Turla On The Band’s New “Spell/Bound,” Successfully Using Kickstarter, Musical Influences & More

Murder By Death has built a devoted cult of a fanbase over the last 20-something years, and its latest studio effort from Murder By Death, 2022’s Spell/Bound undoubtedly pushes the ball forward for the band. MBD’s 9th studio album, as produced in California by Kevin Ratterman and featuring singles “Never Be” and “Everything Must Rest,” unexpectedly pulls influence from Massive Attack and Portishead. Along with putting out Spell/Bound, also new to Murder By Death is the addition of sixth member Emma Tiemann, whose violin work complements Sarah Balliet’s haunting cello performances.

In support of Spell/Bound, Murder By Death — as comprised of Adam Turla, Sarah Balliet, Dagan Thogerson, David Fountain, Tyler Morse and the earlier-mentioned Emma Tiemann — kicked off a U.S. tour with a headlining show at The Caverns in Pelham, Tennessee on July 30, 2022. The run of dates will also include co-headlining shows with Amigo The Devil, as set to run through September 11, 2022. Reportedly the #1 Most Funded Music Creator of all time within the KickStarter platform, also of note to Murder By Death is that the Spell/Bound album was produced alongside a Murder By Death comic/lyric book containing 20 Artist interpretations of MBD songs; participating artists within the comic/lyric book project include J.H. Williams III, Ryan Browne, Erica Williams and Matt Bailey.

On July 28, 2022, I had the pleasure of speaking with Murder By Death frontman Adam Turla via Zoom, as embedded below. More on the band, Spell/Bound and its tour can be found here, here and here.


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About the Author

Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World, TheStreet.com, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal.Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" series, which airs on dozens on television and digital networks. He has also co-authored 2 published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), and co-hosts the world's only known podcast about David Lee Roth, "The DLR Cast."


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