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At the end of 2009, Stef Flaming had a number of songs written, a batch of rather radio-friendly poprock songs, and in the summer of 2010, Stef Flaming and his wife Yolanda found musicians and formed the first line up of Murky Red. Soon it became obvious that this music style wasn’t really what they wanted to play after all. The songs weren’t mainstream enough, but on the other side too mainstream for real music lovers. In fact they didn’t like it themselves, but it took them a while before they realized it. Belgians aye…
While finding their way on social media to promote their band, Yolanda discovered a song from the 80’s progband BunChakeze, named ‘The Deal’. Both Yoli and Stef were struck by this beautiful piece of music, and a bit later they got in touch with one of the composers and guitarist of that band, Colin Tench. Aka Bunlord, Funbun, Tenchipoos …. (now with the bands Corvus Stone, Transmission Rails, Oceans 5). At that point they had no clue that Colin was a nutty genius and a rockgod.
This meeting became a turning point for Murky Red. Under guidance of Colin, they got connected with lots of interesting people from all around the world. Stef discovered a new musical universe, decided to get rid of the poprock songs, and started to compose songs he wanted to hear himself. The rest of the band embraced that idea and Stef came up with a new series of songs, influenced by legendary bands as Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath and The Doors. They recorded some demos and got airplay for the very first time on internet radio Aiiradio. After a while, their songs were picked up by lots of other stations all around the globe. Later that year, they met Nick Katona, CEO of the US record label Melodic Revolution Records and the band got an interesting record deal. Before they realized it themselves, Murky Red found their own musical identity. Belgians aye…
Quote from a review, written by Olav Martin Bjørnsen (Source: House of Prog. May 19-2013):
In general you could describe the style of this band as one that by and large is Pink Floyd influenced. Dark, melancholic guitar textures combined with longing, light toned guitar soloing in warm, organic arrangements. Subtle but clever use of keyboards. They do venture out into slightly psychedelic oriented waters at times though, coming across as a band much closer to The Doors actually. But the deep-timbered vocals and distinct delivery of Stef Flaming are just as much responsible for that association as the instrument part of the arrangements. Murky Red will also take on a harder edged expression at times, such as Boots For Hire (name-dropping Black Sabbath as an influence).
Beside Colin they met lots of other great people who became very important for the band. It was thanks to one of them, Mat Cat, that they were able to release their debut album ‘Time Doesn’t Matter’, released in 2012 on MRR and mixed and mastered by Colin, who became their guru by then. Also Mat became a very close friend, and they met him for the first time in Munster during ‘Rock im Hörsaal’, a double concert with Murky Red and The Hourglass. This was organized by a fan of both bands, Christopher Denninger, who gave them a fantastic venue and HQ video footage from the event. This gig was also the first one with their new guitarist Patrick Dujardin, and percussionist/backing vocalist Marie Vancamp. Both new members injected a new breeze into the band.
In 2013 they got screwed by a Canadian promoter/manager. To make a long and annoying story short, this had a big negative effect on the fundraising campaign for their second album. They lost a lot of money, time and effort, but the band kept on moving and continued writing new songs.
Early 2014, after many months of considering, it was time to make a fresh start with a new rhythm section. Rene Marteaux and Luk Lantin reinforced Murky Red with lots of experience and talent. They started from scratch and after practicing the songs on ‘Time Doesn’t Matter’ first, the band is now working on brand new material for their second album. Release time will be spring/summer of 2015. The familiar Murky 70’s vibe will be present again, enriched by a sniff of symphonic and a spoon of progressive rock. Most likely, they don’t know it yet and will realize it later on. Belgians aye …
Quote from the band themselves:
They say they can’t label our music. They say it ain’t prog enough, not classic rock enough, not enough in no matter which genre in fact. Of course not! We don’t focus on being labeled. We don’t care if we fit or not in a certain box. We only care about the music. So many great bands from the past have music which couldn’t be labeled in the beginning (sometimes never even). When we started we made the huge mistake to write songs with the purpose to be radio friendly. We hated it. This was not us! Because it didn’t came from our heart. We don’t like fast food music. And if you don’t like what you’re doing, you will never be good at it. You’ll have to stand for 100% behind your music, or it will never work.