“Dead retrievers are all golden” | Smidley (Conor Murphy of Foxing) shares warped video to “Dead Retrievers” | Taken from the Smidley LP (ft. members of Foxing, Sorority Noise and Tigers Jaw) out June 2nd on Triple Crown Records
Photo Credit: Hayden Molinarolo (Dog pictured is not Smidley)
Smidley and Triple Crown Records are thrilled to share “Dead Retrievers,” the latest single off the forthcoming self-titled debut record, out June 2nd and available for pre-order now. Smidley is the new project from Foxing singer Conor Murphy, named after his beloved black lab mutt who is sadly no longer with us. The song’s warped music video is premiering today on Stereogum, who describe the album as a “sunnier and poppier” turn for Murphy, while still one showcasing lyrics that “betray the same distressed undertones as his work with his more stately band.” Smidley hit the road this May and June in support of the new album, playing dates with Tigers Jaw and Saintseneca, all of which are listed below.
Watch the Nicole Ruggiero directed music video for “Dead Retrievers”
Smidley was produced by Hop Along’s Joe Reinhart and recorded in Philadelphia at Headroom studios earlier this year, an experience Murphy describes as carefree, and a solid reminder of why he’s dedicated his life to the artform. “It was the greatest time I’ve ever had making, recording or playing music in my life,” says Murphy. “I tried to eliminate any expectations for this record and focused entirely on having a good time with it.” It was a needed break from the more serious and deliberate songwriting of Foxing, and a particularly grueling tour that left Murphy desiring a reprieve from more lofty endeavors.
The new project finds strength in the playful and unguarded approach Murphy took in both writing and recording as a result. “My favorite song is ‘No One Likes You’” he relates. “It’s a joke but one of the more honest songs to me. I talk to myself in the car all the time and feel like a lunatic. The thing I loved about it was that it made me laugh off my insecurities in the moment.” Any hesitation cast aside, Smidley is free to run wild with its delightfully warped hooks and alternately delayed and crunchy guitars laid bare.