Hit play on 'Only Good Things'
Jessie Atkinson
10:29 21st July 2022

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The Murder Capital, the Irish band behind our No.1 Album of 2019 When I Have Fears, have returned for the first time in a long time; we hadn't heard from them since some live versions of When I Have Fears singles (plus an FKA twigs cover) dropped in 2020.

Today, they break the dry spell with a surprise...some joyful music. 'Only Good Things' is a love song that deviates from the work we know from them in two ways: it is both sonically and lyrically lighter.

It will make up part of a forthcoming album (for which we currently have no details); an album that frontman James McGovern says "reaches a real place of inner calm, inner peace" with 'Only Good Things'.

Speaking further on today's single, McGovern said: “This track for us has been an exciting evolution for the band. It’s so bright. It’s so colorful...You get a song like this where, the protagonist in this song is quite simply asking - not pleading - just willing to ask their counterpart to rid them of their intrusive thoughts, the devils on their shoulders and to be truly vulnerable. We’re so excited to go to a place like this because perhaps it’s not what is expected of us.

"It stood out to me during the creation of this record that it is more about the friends that are still here and celebrating those connections, those relationships and being unafraid of life and it’s many seasons. Where ‘Only Good Things’ stands within the record is at a moment where the sonic and the lyrical narrative especially, are of newfound joy.”

See them on their continuing spree of live dates:


22 - Oxford, Truck Festival
31 - Co Waterford, All Together Now


17 - Paredes De Coura, Paredes De Coura Festival
19 - Biddinghuizen, Lowlands Festival
20 - Hasselt, Pukkelpop
21 - Breacon Beacons, Green Man Festival

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Photo: Grayce Leonard