The Murder Capital are, as their name hints, a band with a dark moody sound that takes cues from the likes of Joy Division. They played their first gig at the 100-capacity Mike the Pies venue in Listowel in March 2018, and just 18 months later were attracting strong reviews in The Guardian and NME. James McGovern (vocals), Gabriel Paschal Blake (bass), Diarmuid Brennan (drums), Damien Tuit (guitar) and Cathal Roper (guitar) met at BIMM music college in Dublin. Their name was inspired by McGovern's loss of his best friend to suicide, and the event pervades their songs. Shows in Whelan's, at Knockanstockan and Electric Picnic started building hype behind the band in 2018 and by the following April they were supporting Idles and then doing their own UK tour. Their first album, 'When I Have Fears', was released in the summer of 2019 through their Human Season label. It was produced by Mark Ellis, better known as Flood, who has worked on albums including the likes of 'Movement' by New Order, 'Wonderland' by Erasure and 'From Her to Eternity' by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. Their 2019 schedule was to include performances across western Europe and the UK.