Following the release of his second EP, Five Songs to Briefly Fill the Void, in March, Matthew “Murph” Murphy – guitarist and lead singer of platinum-selling indie heroes The Wombats – announces details of Wherever I Go, I Want To Leave, the debut album from his collaborative solo project, Love Fame Tragedy, due for release on July 10 via Good Soldier Songs/AWAL.
A new single, “5150,” is also out now. Named after the code used in California law to protect individuals who present a danger to themselves, the track reflects on the temptations of escaping from responsibility. True to form, Murph uses the song as a tongue in cheek confessional, inspired by his own personal life as a father and husband. The song comes accompanied by a fittingly restless animated video from previous collaborator Jamie Mac.
Speaking about the track, Murph explains: “5150” refers to the California law code for individuals who present a danger to themselves or others due to signs of mental illness. In this case it refers more to how I occasionally feel a need to escape, regardless of the repercussions.”
Recorded between Los Angeles, London and Sydney, Wherever I Go, I Want To Leave, sees Murph combine songs from his previous two EPs with seven new offerings, bringing together an impressive list of collaborators including Pixies’ Joey Santiago, The Killers’ Mark Stoermer, Bastille’s Dan Smith, Eleanor Fletcher of Crystal Fighters, Joji Malani (Gang of Youths), alt-J’s Gus Unger-Hamilton, Kanye West, Frank Ocean and Mac Miller drummer Matt Chamberlain, Art vs. Science’s Dan Williams, Lauren Aquilina, Jack River and Maddi-Jean Waterhouse.
Named after a revered Pablo Picasso exhibition at the Tate Modern, Love Fame Tragedy’s previous two EPs I Don’t Want To Play The Victim, But I’m Really Good At It (September 2019) and Five Songs To Briefly Fill The Void (March 2020) have garnered widespread support from the likes of Zane Lowe, Annie Mac, NME, The Times, CLASH, Metro, Jack Saunders, Radio X and more, racking up over 13 million global streams in the process. Murph has recently finished a full UK tour, which saw him play headline dates across Birmingham, Bristol, and London.
Having flown unhindered into the world since its announcement a year ago, Love Fame Tragedy is Murph at his most personal and creatively receptive, making Wherever I Go, I Want To Leave a gloriously uninhibited collection of synth-pop confessionals where hedonism, responsibility, anxiety and the fragility of love all collide.