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Sweatshop shout out Bill Murray on new EP

Submitted by on May 30, 2011 – 9:31 pmNo Comment

We get asked that question a lot, and it’s funny we don’t have a go-to answer for it,” explains Sweatshop Union’s Mr. Marmalade, asked why his crew decided to name its new album The Bill Murray EP.

He’s just one of those guys everyone can relate to and respect his art, and what he does in his everyday life. He does what he wants to do, not what he’s supposed to do, and that’s kinda what the idea behind the album [is] and the driving force behind it.”

The sixth disc from the six-member collective (and first without former frontman Kyprios), Bill Murray marks not a full departure from Sweatshop’s grass roots, but something of a sonic evolution.

While tracks like “John Lennon” and “Nuclear Family” hold true to old form – with the guys sharing Lennon’s idealism for a better world on the former and with two members, Mos Eisley and Metty the DertMerchant, rapping about the banal euphoria that comes with parenthood on the latter – the eight-track album also possesses a few non-customary trance-like vibes.

A mix of electronics, riffs from a studio of instruments and bareback hip-hop beats, Bill Murray has, perhaps for good reason, drawn mixed reviews. One writer called the album a “runaway mushroom trip,” a comment Marmalade considers a compliment.

He adds at least one of the Union’s goals with the new EP was to take listeners on an auditory tangent, using effects and unconventional vocal arrangements, to attain a somewhat ironic goal of simplicity.

The album’s opener, “Makeshift Kingdom,” conjures (at least in title) an image of a commentary on the Canadian hip-hop scene. In truth, says Marmalade, the idea was actually abstract and bordering, much like the entire album, on the metaphysical.

It didn’t have to do with anything in particular, like Canada, or hip-hop, or anything like that,” he says. “I produced that song [but] I didn’t have anything to do with the writing. The guys [other Union members] that wrote it read a lot and are on a trip about their perception of reality, and how they view the cosmos. They tried to put that into a song, and it’s a heavy concept laid out like that.”

On a lighter note, however, Marmalade admits the album title, though something of a lark, was written out of respect for the man himself (no clever innuendos!).

Between Bill and us, we’ve had coincidental experiences,” he says, adding: “Like he [was] there the night before at a few of our venues and it was all stories about Bill Murray!”

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