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What I Learned at Bandcamp: Liam and the Ladies

Liam and the Ladies began when Liam Murtagh was booking a show at the Trunk Space for the Dendrites from Denver and thought it would be fun to throw together a band to open the show. Three years later, the band is still making music.

The Ladies have two tracks available for free download on Bandcamp and the full album, End of Wave, can be pre-ordered for 50 cents.

This Saturday, April 6, Liam and the Ladies will be performing with Andrew Jackson Jihad, Dogbreth and Good Amount at the eight-year-anniversary celebration at the Trunk Space.

Read below to learn about the band’s plans for the future and Liam’s wedding at The Trunk Space…

Who/what are your influences?
I am really into a lot of 2tone era ska and and skinhead reggae/soul stuff, Toots and the Maytals, Bad Manners, The Specials, The Clash, Los Granadians, Johnny Clark and on and on; blah, blah, blah.

How did you come up with your name?
I needed a name for the first show, and I had “the Ladies” in my head for a while, I only called the band “Liam and the Ladies” hoping some of the ska kids that know me from other bands and DJ’ing gigs would recognize my name and come check it out. It didn’t really work, only like five people came, and one of them was my dad.

Upcoming projects, where do you want to go from here?
The band has always been a bit of a side project, but it seems like lately we’ve been getting some press and way better shows, so we may have to buckle down a bit. We’ve got an EP in the process, and a handful of shows.

What inspires your music?
I have no idea. The songs I work on, I am still working on. The songs that come together in 20 minutes usually end up being our best songs.

Why do you make music?
I make music because I always have, it’s just habit.

Why do you feel it’s important to have smaller venues like the Trunk Space?
Not all music or performances are meant for a bigger venue.

How do you feel the Trunk Space has impacted the AZ music scene?
The Trunk has a real sense of community. A lot of bands have played their first shows there, a lot of bands have played 100 shows there, but they’re just as encouraging regardless. Steph and JRC do all of this work, basically, as volunteers. They give as much as they can to the bands, and I think it says a lot that many bands that, really, are too big to be playing there, continue to book shows at the Trunk Space.

When did you first perform at The Trunk Space? What is your most memorable moment at the venue?
My very first show at the Trunk was just after they opened with a band I was in called Children of Hell, kind of noise/dance/pervert music. We played a show earlier that night at a coffee shop, then ran over to the Trunk, under the impression that there was going to be an amp for us to use, and there wasn’t, so we ended up leaving.

Since then, they have become some a huge part of my life. My wife Emily, also in Children of Hell, and I were married by JRC at the Trunk Space. We had a baby shower at the Trunk Space. Steph and JRC were the ones who suggested that my wife and I open Sweets & Beats (a candy and record shop) next door to the Trunk Space, which we had for a few years. I have seen literally some the best shows of my life there, and almost all of my friends I know in one way or another because of the Trunk.


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