The Malingerers Biography 2016

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The Malingerers – The Lonely Years

Debut Album released 28th January 2013

“Great new stuff, The Malingerers ‘House of Mine’, Mark Lamarr recommended them and he’s usually right”
(Bob Harris  – Radio 2)

‘For me the album is a real grower and has many hidden layers with, on the one hand, a vintage, dust-bowl era Americana element seamlessly and naturally fused with a beautiful English Folk feel of say Bert Jansch and John Renbourn, Uncanny’. (Martyn Bonanza Bonanza & Son on ResonanceFM)

Hailing from the long gone lonesome plains of East Anglia, “The Malingerers” music evokes a sound more at home in the south western states of America than the UK folk scene. However, whilst clearly influenced from a melting pot of traditional country, blues, folk and rock’n’roll (Hank Williams, Merle Travis, Leadbelly, Woodie Guthrie etc.) their music combines these influences with typically british cynicism and warped sense of humour and history!

The Malingerers were formed from the ashes of twisted country blues noise mongers; The Surgens. who achieved 4**** reviews in Mojo Magazine,  live radio sessions on Mark Lamarr and Marc Riley Radio shows, plus ‘record of the week’ on the Shaun Keaveny show.  Whilst clearly sharing similar DNA, The Malingerers are an entirely different animal with an almost alternatively traditional acoustic Americana slant.

The new album contains all original material recorded at Gizzard’s analogue studio in London, straight onto 2” tape, like they used to do in the good old days! To keep the feel of a live band the majority of the songs, including vocals were recorded live and results in a great punchy raw sounding album. The line up of the band currently consists of:

Kevin Murphy • Vocals and Main Guitars
Craig Murphy • Harmonica, Guitar and Backing Vocals
Andrew Donovan • Double Bass and Backing Vocals
Tim Palmer • Violin and Backing Vocals
For any gear heads interested in what was used for the recordings. Main acoustic guitar used for the album was a Sobell Model 1 with Cocobolo back and sides and cutaway recorded acoustically. Also used an Everett Milano for one track.

For plugged in tracks I used a 1947 Gibson L7 with a DeArmond Guitar Mic pickup stuck to top with Blu Tack. The amp was a blackfaced 1973 Fender Vibrolux Reverb. Strings were D’Addario EJ24’s for the acoustics and Tomastik Jazz Bebop medium lights on the Gibson. Shubb full and half capos used. Dunlop thumb picks and my nails!