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Locals Only Album Review: Murder Park's Self Titled Debut

Good afternoon lovely people of the internet!  I write to you from the comfy confines of Spanspek Headquarters, watching murder mysteries on tv.  In the immortal words of Korn, I truly got the life.

Speaking of transitions, we've got another album review for your eyeholes!  Take a listen to the self titled debut of Fresno indie/punk band Murder Park!
Chock full of cynicism and disheveled corrido stylings, Murder Park present an album unique amongst its Friendcore brethren.  The band borrows from Mexican Norteño music to share tales of anger and despair in the hellhole that is California.  As singer/guitarist Garth Clifton sings in "California is A Prison (White Skies)", the "Sunshine State" is nothing more than an illusion. 

That sense of hopelessness also pervades "Speaking In Cursive", possibly the albums best track.  Over jangly guitars and a rollicking beat, Clifton likens the Central Valley to a cannibalistic force eating away at its own inhabitants.  But despite all the bitterness, the album is still full of vigor.  Though they may hate living in California, it seems that for the time being, Murder Park is making the most of it. 
For more information on the band, please visit the following links!

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Cristobal Carrillo
April 2, 2013

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