“MOTEL” 5-SONG EP
CURRENTLY RECORDING • COMING IN 2019
RECORDED AND PRODUCED BY ALAN DEREMO
THE 5-SONG EP “MOTEL” IS AN IDEA THAT CAME ABOUT WHEN JAIMIE MUEHLHAUSEN WAS READING A BOOK OF SHORT STORIES BY GUITAR-MAKER EXTRAORDINAIRE, CRESTON LEA. THE BOOK, “WILD PUNCH,” FEATURED GREAT CHARACTERS AND INTERESTING SITUATIONS, AND JAIMIE DECIDED TO WRITE A SERIES OF SONGS BASED ON THE STORIES IN THE BOOK. WITH CRESTON’S BLESSING, JAIMIE WENT ABOUT WRITING THE TUNES, FINISHING UP AT THE END OF 2018. HE ENLISTED THE HELP OF ALAN DEREMO TO RECORD AND PRODUCE AND PLAY MANY OF THE INSTRUMENTS, AND RECORDING IS UNDERWAY.
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MURDERERS OF LOVE - SELF TITLED DEBUT
RELEASED IN OCTOBER OF 2017
Recorded at: Vibrosonic Sound at Carlsbad Art Farm
Drums recorded at The Parish Studio
Co-produced: Jaimie Muehlhausen, Dave Garcia and Rob Quillen
Mixing and Mastering: Rob Quillen at The Parish
Thanks to: M.J. Franks Guitars, Carlsbad Art Farm, Western Doughty Photography, Vibrosonic Design Studio, Wil Kimbrel and Joe Marlett
JAIMIE MUEHLHAUSEN: VOCALS, BACKGROUND VOCALS, ACOUSTIC GUITAR, ELECTRIC GUITAR, LAP STEEL GUITAR, KEYBOARDS, GLOCKENSPIEL, PERCUSSION
ROB QUILLEN: DRUMS and KEYBOARDS
DAVE QUILLEN, OLIVER FIEDLER, NICK DIBACCA, GREG NOLL: ELECTRIC GUITARS
TIM GODWIN: LAP STEEL GUITAR
JASON POSTELNEK: FIDDLE
WILL LERNER: KEYBOARDS
DAVE GARCIA, ALAN DEREMO, PATRICK MCCLORY: BASS
MICHELLE QUILLEN: BACKGROUND VOCAL
"The music is what is important. Good music comes from all kinds of places and people, at all points in life...and that's why we're here." -- The Murderers of Love.
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October 2017 - It's been awhile since Jaimie Muehlhausen put out an album of new music. There were a few recordings here and there for fun, but nothing official since "Best of Sort of" in 2010. So, when he realized there were enough new songs for a solid album, it became clear that it was time. 10 years prior, Jaimie had owned a Korg digital 16-track recorder that was state-of-the-art at the time, but eventually sold it. At the same time that he decided to begin this new album, he came across an article in a recording magazine about how these Korg recorders had a big cult following and people were recording real albums on them. It was a machine he was familiar with, so he found one on Craigslist for $350, drove up to L.A. at 11:00 at night, and bought it from a guy in a Hollywood 7-Eleven parking lot overrun with an Armenian biker gang on the prowl. And with that, the album was officially in the works.
Basic recording began, progress was quick and then, out of the blue, while watching TV one night, Jaimie went deaf in his left ear. Still no explanation. After working for many months with a specialist, he got some, but not all, of the hearing back and finally just decided to move on. Six months later, recording resumed and the project was back on track. By this point, Jaimie's modest home studio was now in service and it became easier to work. Jaimie would get as much done as possible on a song, take it to drummer Rob Quillen's studio and put down drum tracks. Then back to Jaimie's for bass, guitars and more.
The name The Murderers of Love started as a song title (a song included on the album). But it seemed like an appropriate name for a band, and since this was quickly turning from a solo project into much more, it felt like it needed a real name. The Murderers of Love just stuck.
JAIMIE MUEHLHAUSEN: "I had basically given up on music beyond my own living room. I spent many years leading a couple of moderately successful bands...opening for famous people, had our own tour bus, recorded in some nice studios and did a little touring. But about five years ago I was having a harder time singing, and walking up a flight of stairs was exhausting.”
”I was diagnosed with adult onset Severe Asthma, a rare form of asthma that affects you full time (this later turned out to be an incorrect diagnosis). I stopped playing music, sold most of my gear, and was wondering if my days of playing music professionally were done. With a full schedule as the creative director for Tony Hawk, and then launching my own Vibrosonic Design Studio, as well as doing the single dad thing, my plate was already pretty full. But, I started to realize how much I missed playing and creating music and how it got me through the hard times. Whether it was the outlet of songwriting, the thrill of playing live in front of a crowd, or just the mundane process of rehearsing and practicing...music has been an outlet of emotion and stress. And I missed it and needed it on whatever level I could muster.”
”Slowly, I started figuring out how to sing again, started writing new songs and it just all came together. I wanted to record an album, enlisting the help of all my great musician friends. Little did I know how it would evolve and expand over the next year and a half.”
MURDERERS OF LOVE • OFFICIAL INSTAGRAM FEED • @MURDERERSOFLOVE
THE COVER PHOTOGRAPHER: WESTERN DOUGHTY
"COOL PHOTO ON THE COVER. WHAT'S THE DEAL WITH THAT?"
You know, you're right. You have good taste in photography. The "deal on that" is that a couple of years ago I was in Tulsa visiting and went out for drinks with a friend at a great local bar called The Cellar Dweller. It's in the basement of an old apartment building in downtown and it's now my favorite bar. The regulars at the Cellar Dweller include a lot of interesting creative people, including the incredible Western Doughty. I very briefly met Western, but the following day saw an exhibit that included some of his photography and I started following him on Instagram (@westerndoughty). Really great photography and dry, jaded wit to go along with it. Just my kinda stuff. One day Western posted the photo that would eventually be our album cover and I knew instantly that THAT was the one. I even mocked it up as a cover that night. I contacted Western, we worked out a deal, and the rest is history. Western has a lot more where that came from, with many great series of photos. I urge you to check out his work online (or in person) and why not buy a few of his prints while you are there? And if you are in Tulsa, go to the Cellar Dweller and have few drinks and maybe see some good music. And say hi to Western.
WESTERN DOUGHTY'S OFFICIAL BIO
"My work is a series of studies in vivid contrasts and unseen beauty, reflective of the gender, race and class struggles that impacted me during childhood and teenage life in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I was raised in a world of art and photography and first began shooting images for my father’s company as early as nine years old. I draw from anything I see that leaves a profound impression. Andrei Tarkovsky, David Lynch, Robert Mapplethorpe, Francesca Woodman, James Baldwin, Akira Kurosawa are all significant to me in that I could relate to their work. Each has in different ways enabled me to see that my own struggles with the world around me can be incorporated into my art. My photography career has spanned over twenty years of portraiture, advertising and commissions."
Additional Thanks: A special shout out of thanks to our friends Wil Kimbrel and Joe Marlett for all of their insightful tips and advice as we navigated the mixing and mastering process. Their years of knowledge was invaluable and their willingness to freely offer up this sage advice was instrumental (no pun intended) in helping us get to the finish line. THANK YOU!