MURKY RED was formed in 2010 by Stef and Yolanda Flaming, and for the next year or so a settled line-up crystallized after the often customary comings and goings of band members in a formative phase. As soon as they had cemented their line-up they hit the studio, and towards the end of 2012 their debut album Time Doesn’t Matter was released through US indie label Melodic Revolution Records.
In general you could describe the style of this band as one that by and large is Pink Floyd influenced. Dark, melancholic guitar textures combined with longing, light toned guitar soloing in warm, organic arrangements. Subtle but clever use of keyboards. They do venture out into slightly psychedelic oriented waters at times though, coming across as a band much closer to The Doors actually, but the deep-timbered vocals and distinct delivery of Stef Flaming are just as much responsible for that association as the instrument part of the arrangements. Murky Red will also take on a harder edged expression at times, such as Boots For Hire (name-dropping Black Sabbath as an influence).
What sets this band apart from many others exploring similar waters is the emphasis they have on the blues though. There’s a firm emphasis on blues oriented musical details through and through, and by the string based instruments in particular. One might say that Murky Red is a Pink Floyd inspired band that have opted to replace the cosmic instrument details with the blues.
Time Doesn’t Matter is a strong debut album that should have a wide appeal. Fans of late 70s Pink Floyd appears to be something of a key audience, especially those who tend to enjoy the darker side of this universally well known band and in particular if they also have a certain affection for the good, old blues.
Murky Red were a little surprised when they read the October Münsteraner Bote review: “We think that Murky Red has a great future ahead. These guys reinvented Rock. Fantastic sound, great rough vocals and wonderful melodic guitar solos.” The Belgian band started in 2010 when singer/songwriter Stef Flaming and his wife Yolanda Flaming (backing vocals/keys) met bassist Tom Kockelmans (former band band Nema), and after advertisements for musicians were placed on several websites, the band found their first line up. The first year was a learning process and a search for an own identity, and it became clear that not all members shared the same vision.
In August 2011, drummer Jef Vandervorst decided to leave the band and was replaced by Joery Masson, who spiced up the sound with his powerful playing. In May 2012 guitarist Georges Petrofski decided to leave the band too. He was replaced by Patrick Dujardin, who seemed to be the missing link; the combination worked, the Murky Red identity began to grow. Inspired by Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Fleetwood Mac, David Gilmour, Mark Knopfler, the songs became more complex and intense and it gave them the unique edge that defines the band’s sound. In September, Marie Van Camp joined the band to enforce the sound with backing vocals and small percussion.
One of the new songs, “Galadriel” became a turning point. People started to really notice them. They got signed with the record label ‘Melodic Revolution Records’, based in Orlando, Florida, USA. Nick Katona, CEO of the label, describes their genre as heavy melodic rock.
‘I can’t get over this band’, comments Andy Bradford, host of AiiRadio, ‘Their songs are fresh and familiar at the same time, with absolutely addictive melodies. After playing their tracks many times I’ve noticing that my favorite track keeps changing. They’re one of the five best rock bands of 2012!’. Chris, host of Progtology 101, agrees: “Of all the new entries in the charts I dig this band the most. Coming in on number 2 with Boots for hire’ they show the most promise, delivering a grungy, filthy sounding version of Pink Floyd/Black Sabbath. It’s bad ass music. Murky Red kill!’”
Following the November release of their debut album, ‘Time doesn’t matter’, the band have set their sights on the West European region. They are planning a number of gigs in Belgium and Germany and are aiming for the Netherlands and France.
In January Rene Marteaux became their new drummer, and in February Luk Lantin replaced Tom Kockelmans on bass.