The Strange's new CD is Drop Dead By the Microphone
The Strange — vocalist Brent McKay, bassist Nathan Murphey and drummer Erik Nordin — make brooding, jazzy pop. Their reverb-drenched sound is a mixture of jazz and rock influences like Radiohead, Jeff Buckley, and Led Zeppelin, with hints of blues and Afro-Cuban music. It's a mood they say they try to capture, in part, by rehearsing in a musty chapel in Detroit.
The Strange (l to r): vocalist Brent McKay, bassist Nathan Murphy, and drummer Erik Nordin
The band sees their ever-evolving sound as a reflection of their industrial home town in Michigan and the different types of music heard there. They say their latest album Drop Dead By The Microphone is an attempt to capture the band's live sound and expand upon it with guest musicians like jazz trumpeter Marcus Belgrave.