The Mighty Stef
The Mighty Stef have an extensive touring and recording history and have what you might describe as a cult following in Europe and The US. Sonically, The Mighty Stef embraces the glory of rock'n'roll in all its forms - the storytelling nature of the songwriting, an often dark undertone and a constant march towards something rich and big and victorious. Notable references (some of which are also influences) include: The Walkmen, Arcade Fire, Band Of Horses, Fleet Foxes, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and Primal Scream.
When Stefan Murphy sings “Yearning for deliverance…” in The Mighty Stef’s desolate but delirious anthem, The Hardship – one of many titanium-strength tracks on the band’s new album, Year Of The Horse – you instantly know from his voice that the deliverance he speaks of could arrive only after several years of desperate times and hard knocks. “When I was in my early 20s,” Stefan recalls, “I was a bit of a waster. I feel much more equipped to be the person I am now.”
Recorded in Los Angeles and produced by Alain Johannes (Queens Of The Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys, Chris Cornell, Them Crooked Vultures), the overall theme of Year Of The Horse, outlines Stefan, is of “trying to turn situations, feelings of desperation, into something that is colourful, acceptable and understandable to people. I’m the lyric writer, so I suppose it’s where I’m personally coming from, but I always try to keep the overall picture of what the group represents in my mind. We like to think, ultimately, that it has a very euphoric feel to it.”