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Chris Murray


Chris Murray (who puts the Chris in Venice Shoreline) is the former lead singer of Canadian Ska-revivin' heroes King Apparatus. Now out on his own, Murray throws off the chains of a full backing band and adopts the DIY ethic, a move that may have been his smartest idea yet. Instead of big, overdrawn numbers with Punk pulsing erratically through their veins, he settles down with his guitar into slow-paced grooves that unhurriedly rock back and forth at the delayed speed of a tipsy sway. Even with his love for Ska's original sound showing through -- these songs have nothing to do with 2-Tone suits or the Mighty Mighty Bosstones -- Murray still emerges as an innovator: the simple four-track recording method keeps songs grounded and gives them an air of simplicity. Like those who have uncovered rock by removing the excess, Murray pulls back unnecessary layers to get down to Ska's bare bones.

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