“Imagine The Pixies having really great sex with The Replacements while Morrissey and Tom Waits watch and you’re close to the experience of listening to a Manhattan Murder Mystery album. The seasoned band hailing from Los Angeles writes music with equal parts of inspiration, melody, cynicism and chaos that will leave you with a feeling akin to a fresh whiskey buzz while at the same time confirming all of your suspicions of the profundity of life’s highs and lows and the importance of feeling every moment inbetween.
Manhattan Murder Mystery’s live shows bring the underlying chaos of their music right to your face in an unbridled and surprisingly personal manner. Frontman and Canadian whiskey connoisseur, Matthew Teardrop, becomes an amalgamation of a showman and a godless dervish. Often leaving the stage to finish a set amidst the crowd while the band powers through without missing a beat. Teardrop will often disappear with the only trace of his existence being the ringing out of distortion from his abandoned guitar and the smiles on the crowds faces. In the musical landscape of the world today Manhattan Murder Mystery is a rare find. Devoid of pretentiousness and chockfull of titillation, their songs will draw you in and their shows will keep you coming back for more. Leaving you with the feeling that even though life is fairly fucked…you’ve got some great fucking music to listen to.”