Thee Deadtime Philharmonic

Based in the ex-mining town of Swadlincote, South Derby, Murdoch’s songwriting reflects the carnage left behind in a town still on its knees from Thatcher’s stranglehold on the working classes.

Relentless gigs all over the UK (including all the major cities and the nowhere towns where most bands don’t bother to go) have gained the band an ever-growing army of dangerously devoted fans. Their militant working class stance caught the eye of Clash legend Mick Jones who took Deadtime out on the road as special guests. The Clash connection continued when Strummerville (The Joe Strummer Foundation For New Music) invited Deadtime into the family by funding their first single, double A-side Moths / Spine with producer Paul Tipler (Idlewild, Eighties Matchbox B-line Disaster, Dr. Feelgood, Elastica). Strummerville also added ‘Spine’ to their prestigious DIY download page, where it held the No.1 slot for nine months in the Strummerville chart. Among the band’s other supporters was the late Michael Davis of legendary The MC5.

Deadtime continue to receive outstanding reviews for their high octane, raw, emotive live shows. International and national radio airplay for the band has come from the likes of Don Letts, Jarvis Cocker, Janice Long and Tom Robinson. Deadtime have also appeared on Channel 4 (Strummerville Sessions) and Russia Today (Going Underground). Michael Socha, star in This is England and Being Human, performed in the band’s Bad Lad video.

New album Estate of the Heart is available on iTunes, Spotify and Amazon.


”Great band and one of the very few genuine working class critiques of our lives in music out there today. You’ll get more out of this than pretending to read Marx”
Dr. Lisa Mckenzie  (Author, Academic, Russia Today, Guardian)

”Great working class band, documenting the times we live in”
Mick Jones (The Clash)

Jarvis Cocker (Pulp)

”One of my favourite albums of 2018”
Steve White (Style Council, Paul Weller, The Art of Drumming)

”They’re like Shane Meadows. This Is England in musical form”
Scott Rowley (Editor-in-Chief: Classic rock, Metal Hammer, Louder)