by Jeff Jolley
Heather Grody of New York City's own, The Murmurs, spent a bit of time with
RAD Cyberzine on a day when she didn't have much time to spare. Talking
with us right up until she went on stage for sound check, she described the
history of The Murmurs and what she feels makes The Murmurs unique and
- Tell me about The Murmurs' first gig?
- It was three and a half years ago. We had started up what was
called the "Open Window Theater Group" on the Brooklyn side of the
Williamsburg Bridge. We wanted to have live music at the
theater's opening, but we couldn't afford anything. Leisha
(Halley) and I had some musical experience so we did the music
ourselves. That night we met a guy who told us he was starting up
his own recording studio and that we should seriously consider
pursuing a carreer in music. We weren't sure that his recording
studio plans would work out, but over a period of about a year we
recorded our first album.
- So you gave up acting to pursue a music carreer?
- We and some friends who were all alumni of the same acting school
i of the same acting school
rented this condemned building under the bridge to hold the
theater. It was in a part of Brooklyn with a lot of theaters, and
everyone attended everyone else's performances. But there were so
many theaters and we were all so poor that you couldn't charge
more than $5 a show. So when the music started working for us, it
became a whole new thing. We put our all into the music thing.
- Is the Open Window Theater Group still around?
- No, that didn't last long. Neither did the building.
- Tell me about that first album, is it available anywhere?
- There were 2500 records pressed and they've all been sold at gigs.
Mainly in New York City. We did some gigs in Texas, we have
friends there; Nebraska, where Leisha's from; New Mexico--Santa
Fe...;that's pretty much it.
- How did MCA find you?
- I think they just heard of us. A lot of the record industry were
showing up at our gigs.
- Why did you choose MCA?
- because the people there are so supportive. They looked at the
future and saw what we say. Everyone was down to earth and we got
along best with them. Choosing a record label that had good
people behind it was important to us. t was important to us. We just need good people to
back us up.
- Any plans for a headlining tour?
- Well, we've been on the road for the last five months with three
weeks off for Christmas. At some of these radio shows we are
headlining. It's been exciting touring around the college scene.
This goes on for about two more weeks, then we're opening up for
- Is there anything else you would like to say?
- Yes there is, actually. We want people to know that there are
more to The Murmurs than you can hear on the radio. We're about
singing live. Our whole show is the most important thing. It's
very different than what is on the CD. We can give them more that
what they get on the record.... It's the two of us on the road
and our two guitars.
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