An Interview with Felipe Lithgow of Murphy’s Law

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One of NYC’s finest Hardcore bands makes an appearance this week, with Felipe Lithgow, the bassist of OG Hardcore band Murphy’s Law paying us a visit. Murphy’s Law have been around since the early 80s and as of this year, they are finally working on some long-awaited new material. It’s awesome to see that the Hardcore scene is a vibrant and punishing as ever. Time will tell what they come up with, but in the meantime, if you would like to learn more about Murphy’s Law, head over to their Facebook here and dive in. Once you’ve done that, give this interview with Felipe Lithgow a read. Enjoy.

Andrew:
Felipe, thank you for taking the time to speak with us. It’s been some year, hasn’t it? What have you been doing to pass the time?

Felipe:
Hey Andrew, thanks for having me. Yeah, definitely has been one hell of a year! We have been taking all this time to write tons of new material. We have been working on our new record.

Andrew:
Tell us a bit about your backstory. What are your musical origins so to speak?

Felipe:
I grew up in Miami, Fl. Started playing Punk music when I was 13. Started my first band with my best friend Ron Alen. I eventually found my way to NYC around the age of 18. I started to play with Murphy’s Law when I was about 22.

Andrew:
As a musician, who were some of your earliest and most important influences? 

Felipe:
Bob Marley and Subhumans. They both taught me a lot how to think for myself and how to play music. 

Andrew:
You’ve been the bassist for Murphy’s Law for some time now, right? How did you end up with the gig?

Felipe:
Yeah, I started playing in the band in 2007. I was playing in band that Vinny Stigma played guitar for. The band was called Zombie Vandals. Stigma is was the one that told Jimmy to reach out to me. Stigma Rules! 

Andrew:
The band’s last album, Covered was released in 2005. With all this down time, can we hope for a new record soon? Why the long layoff from recording?

Felipe:
We’re almost done with our new record as we speak. We hope for summer time to have it out. The band has been on constant touring mode and has released a few songs here and there since the Covered album. Like Jimmy says, “What’s the Hurry!?” Haha. 

Andrew:
Let’s talk about the state of the scene a bit. The Hardcore scene, especially in New York is pretty special. How do you feel it’s evolved over the years? How has it progressed since the early days?

Felipe:
The NYHC Hardcore scene is really an amazing thing. I have met some of my best friends through this music and scene. I think it is only getting bigger since the early days. 

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Andrew:
What’s the state of the music business these days? In your opinion, what needs to change?

Felipe:
I think it has been better these days. Because now you can just record your own music and put it online for free. 

Andrew:
What lead you to pick up the bass as an instrument as opposed to the guitar or drums?

HAHA! The bass was the easiest instrument for me to figure out. Only four strings to rip!

Andrew:
Are you into vinyl? Tapes? CDs? Or are you all digital now? Where do you like to shop for music?

Felipe:
I’m into it all, but vinyl is my main thing. I shop for all my vinyl at a store called Positively Records in Levittown, PA. Awesome shop! Still kicking it old school!

Andrew:
What are a few albums that mean the most you and why?

Felipe:
Bad Religion ’80-’85. The comp album, with a mix of all their old songs. One of the first bands I saw live that really changed my style of music.

Suicidal Supermarket Trolleys – Shut Up and Drink. I heard the song “Beer” and I was hooked! Great lyrics, music and raw production! 

Andrew:
Once COVID-19 is finished with us, what’s next for Murphy’s Law?

Felipe:
Hit the road in support of our new record that will be coming out 2021! 

Andrew:
Last question. What advice would you have for young musicians just starting out?

Felipe:
Never stop playing music. Never give up on your dreams.

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Andrew Daly

Andrew has always felt himself to be a "jack of all trades, master of none" type of person. With an immense passion for music, a disposition for writing, and an eagerness to teach and share both, Andrew decided to found Vinyl Writer in 2019 as a freelance column under the column Stories from the Stacks. Over time, the column grew into a website which now features contributors who further the cause of sharing both a love of music and the art of journalism with the world through articles and interviews. While Andrew enjoys running the website, his real passion lies in teaching and facilitating others to do what they do best, and giving them the opportunity to explore their passions in the process.
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