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Meet Tad Louder of MurderCycle

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tad Louder.

MurderCycle was founded in 2016, after Natasha Kalashnikov and Tad Louder folded the tent on their previous band – Anger Transfer. In need of a lead guitarist, they approached the enigmatic Banks to add his considerable talents to MurderCycle. After rehearsing for a couple months, they recorded 5 songs at That British Place in Santa Monica, California with master mixer CJ deVillar at the helm. 4 of these songs appear on MurderCycle’s “Carrion” EP. The fifth song is a video only release “Evidently Chickentown” with lyrics based on the original poem of the same name by John Cooper Clarke.

MurderCycle will be back in the studio within the next couple of months to start recording a full-length follow-up to their “Carrion” EP. This time with Tony Shitone on drums.

Band Members:
Tad Louder – Vocals/guitar
Natasha Kalashnikov – Vocals/Bass
Banks – Lead Guitar
Drums – Tony Shitone

Has it been a smooth road?
The biggest challenge Natasha and I faced starting out was finding the right musicians to play with. Los Angeles is a town full of great players. But, the trick is to find the ones that work well together and understand the goal of the project. Banks was the first person we recruited. I had known him for several years and when opportunity to play with him arose, we jumped at it. Tony Shitone is our newest member. When we recorded our “Carrion” EP we were unable to find someone that felt right in the timeframe that we had. So, I played drums on the recording. Once that was completed, we then had the time to find the perfect fit and that person turned out to be Tony. He brings an energy and unique approach to our music, that we think is perfect for what we are attempting to create.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the MurderCycle story. Tell us more about the business.
MurderCycle plays what we call “hard listening music”, we are not a hardcore punk band, thrash band or rock band, but we draw heavily from all those genres. We are also influenced by Motorhead, not that we sound like them, but by their spirit, to make great fucking records year after year, leaving an amazing body of work behind. We use male and female lead vocals which I believe gives us a variance in sound that a band with only one lead vocalist might not be able to capture. Natasha and I write all the material at this time. But, we are open to all members writing songs, also singing if they wish, and we encourage them to do so. We want all our members to be creative and bring their personal sound and approach to MurderCycle. We are a band in the truest sense of the word.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
The purpose of MurderCycle is not to be a business or to be profitable. We do what we do for the love of doing it. I have been playing music for close to 40 years and I also worked in the music industry for a long period of time, in that time I have not seen one change that has benefited the artist over the industry, Not one. We are not anti-success or against making money from music. I just believe that if you do choose to do this, you had better be prepared to continue for the love of creating. If other things come from your music then great, But things are stacked against you and the only satisfaction that truly comes from all this is creating something you believe in. That is where the true success lays.

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Darby Justice, Shayan Asgharnia

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2 Comments

  1. M C Rutledge

    May 16, 2018 at 11:18

    The best band i’ve heard in years

    • Tony Shitone

      May 17, 2018 at 22:14

      This just made my day. Thank you MC Rutledge for the kind words. You will get a free CD when it’s done.

      Tony Shitone

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