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Keeping it fresh

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — For Adam Turla it’s always nice to work something new into the mix.

“It’s always nice to keep the system fresh,” he says. “It’s important that we also keep moving forward.”

Turla is the vocalist for indie-rock outfit Murder By Death.

And the band’s current album, “Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon,” was a perfect example of introducing something new into the mix. The album marks the first time that Scott Brackett contributed to the band. The band also traveled to Dallas to record with producer John Congleton over three weeks in January 2012.

Turla and crew are gearing up for a tour with punk bluegrass band Larry and His Flask.

“We’ve been rehearsing to get back on the road,” he says. “We’ve had some time off, which has been great, but we’re looking forward to getting back on the road.”

Getting to “Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon” did take some time. Though the album was roughly finished in three weeks, it kept getting pushed back by the band’s record label.

What was originally set for a June 2012 release didn’t come out until Sept. 25, 2012. This also was after a successful Kickstarter campaign, which netted the band nearly $200,000 for the album.

“It was frustrating to have the album pushed back because we were going on tour to support it,” he says. “Yet we didn’t have anything to sell to our fans and that left us without a solid tour. It was a series of events that left us in a bind because we weren’t making money off of the new music. Luckily, we have our fans to thank for their patience and they have been supportive of the new album.”

The current album is the sixth for the band and Turla says he feels grateful to have gone beyond the decade milestone with music.

“It takes a lot of hard work to get where we are,” he says. “We’ve had bumps in the road and members have left. But what’s remained constant is our love for the music. We push ourselves to create music that we can be proud of and music that will last.”


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