Salt Lake City, UT
Mury is a pop/rock band based out of Salt Lake City, Utah. Mury pride themselves on writing genuine music with honest lyrics and consistently performing high-energy live shows. Mury recorded their debut EP, The Tarot Card Prophecy, with Matt Winegar (Green Day, Primus, and Royal Bliss, among others) six weeks after forming in March of 2007. AbsolutePunk.net said of TCP "This is accessible for everyone. I'll be surprised if this band isn't signed in the next two years. Record labels take notice."
Shortly after the release of TCP, Mury relocated to Oakland, CA to set up a tour base. Within the first year of forming they regionally toured the Western U.S. five times, gaining a loyal following and playing over 50 shows. "It was a crazy time for us. We were a new band, just getting to know each other, and growing together as musicians. It was baptism by fire," says singer/guitarist Chris Alder.
After touring the summer and fall of 2007 and winter of 2008, Mury recorded a three-song digital EP, Souls for Sale, which ignited a flurry of online buzz. Then they headed back out on tour for the spring of 2008. In July of 2008, Mury was selected by Airwalk and Spin Magazine to be a finalist in their Unsigned Hero contest, and was also recognized by AbsolutePunk.net as one of the top 100 bands to look for in 2009. In September 2008, Mury won the X96 Four-Play competition, which allowed them to play the Big Ass Show at Usana Amphitheatre in their home town of Salt Lake City. "The Big Ass Show was an amazing experience. We all have grown up going to that show. I know I felt honored to be a part of it," says drummer Burt Hoagland, who is endorsed by Shine Drums & Percussion.
The fall of 2008 brought Mury back to their home town to work on writing a full-length. "Writing this time around has been so exciting. We haven't had the time to actually focus on writing since writing our first EP, and we were just starting our band then and everyone was coming from different places. This time we all know how to play together, we know what to expect, and we know how to work together. I think people are really going to hear some growth in the new songs," says Chris Alder.
During only 18 months of existence, Mury has enjoyed more than 350,000 plays on MySpace and reached over 17,000 friends. Mury has also shared the stage with Shiny Toy Guns, The Spill Canvas, Atreyu, Jacks Mannequin, Trapt, Anberlin, Hawthorne Heights, The Hush Sound, Yellowcard, Dear & The Headlights, Steel Train, The Cab, This Providence, Person L, The Maine, Hey Monday, From First To Last, Ludo, A Rocket To The Moon, Liam & Me, The Classic Crime, Socratic, This Providence, Over It, Everybody Else, The Brobecks, Self Against City, Broke City, The Lives Of Famous Men, Paper Mache, The Real You, Bank, and many others.