After Nick Murphy announced the end of Chet Faker and the beginning of a new musical era, it created tension among fans who were afraid that meant no more Chet Faker music. Last night Murphy took the stage at the Theater at the Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles, with an entire live band to close out Red Bull Sound Select’s 30 days in LA with support by River Tiber and Ayo Olatunji.
I am a Chet Faker fan, and after witnessing the new live set up I can say that I am also a huge fan the new Nick Murphy project and love the new artistic direction he has taken with his live show. Now Nick takes center stage with a mic, keyboard and synthesizer, as well as surrounded by a live band including 4-5 guitarists, a drummer and a keyboardist. Nick Murphy still has that dark vibe we’re familiar with from the Chet Faker live set, however he brings more layers to his music now.
Murphy’s new live set list still includes many of his old Chet Faker music like “Gold,” “1998,” and “Talk is Cheap,” but obviously puts more emphasis on his new music. The Theatre at the Ace Hotel was the perfect setting for an intimate night for fans to get to know the new Nick Murphy, where the Australian music producer and singer debuted an emotional new track “Driving Too Fast.”
At least we know that a new album is in the works, and hopefully after Nick Murphy is done with teasing his latest artistic revival we will be have more announcements on when the new album will be releasing. Until then, peep his set list (via @_nylesburch on Instagram) below from his 30 days in LA show for an inside scoop of his new live set.