With the Life and Times, Plastic Constellations
and William Elliot Whitmore.
On the only occasion that Murder by Death played a Kansas City show, its keyboardist terrified El Torreon's staff by unwittingly blowing fireballs within inches of an overhead gas main. Meanwhile, a homicide took place within blocks of the venue. Murder by Death concerts don't necessarily occur within a circumference of impending doom numerous Lawrence gigs have spawned no mishaps but they always sound as if they do. As its morbid moniker implies, Murder by Death revels in the macabre. Playing a cello decorated with Iron Maiden stickers, Sarah Balliet lends ominous atmosphere to gothic country-punk songs. On the 2003 album Who Will Survive and What Will Be Left of Them, a small town offends the devil during a drinking binge, with apocalyptic consequences. The in-progress record In Bocca Di Lupo uses Dante's Inferno as its framework, dedicating a character-sketch song to each damned character. This approach enhances the band's eclecticism, which eulogizes a pirate with a sea chantey and plays a tango for a lustful soul.