For the uninitiated, here's a bunch of answers to some FAQ about this debut release:
Who is Butch Bastard?
Is he a man?
Why does he use such a hard ass pseudonym?
Mr Murray explains: "I gave the project a name that sounded partially like an old blues/country singer and partially like an insult".
Where is he from?
Seattle WA but he now lives in Los Angeles.
What is his musical background?
He was in a band called Poor Moon for five years. They were named after a Canned Heat song. They signed for Sub Pop and sounded a bit like Fleet Foxes. They were not the new Nirvana.
Does Butch take himself seriously?
Not particularly. His 'live in LA' video for Magnolia features him miming in the bed of his home and includes a caption with the following mission statement: The artist uses sarcasm to sabotage his ability to be taken seriously, for fear of being taken seriously"
Is he expecting to be rich and famous?
Has he got any cool friends?
You betcha! Father John Misty and Jonathan Wilson guest on the album.
What genre is his music?
DIY Prog Pop. White man's blues. Retro grunge (Cold Dead Hand (Cold Wet Bed) has the same riff as 'Scentless Apprentice'). His own labels include "Neo-George Thorogood" and "Stoner Spaz".
What do his PR team say about him? "This record is the sound of a guy getting his ass kicked while lashing out at the world"
Does BB have any motivational words to share? "Songwriting is the best therapy"
What is the most revealing song title? Hot Blooded, Heavy Handed Blues.
What's a good sample lyric?
How about "I've lost control and you should too" (from Butchie, Baby ...).
What track would sell this to doubters?
It's a toss up between the title tune and Gentrification Song, both are splendidly smart and truthful yet tender.
Is the album worth hearing?
Hell, yes! It won't change your life but this boy's got soul and a good sense of humor.