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Three questions with Ben Murphy

Ben Murphy is the singer for Murder Earth, which plays a CD release show at 8 p.m. Friday at Lefty’s, 2307 University Ave.

Q: Tell us about the new album, “Wait for the End of Man.”

It’s our first album. A couple of the tracks were done by our original lead guitar player, but he left and we had Donnie Steele step in and do lead on a few songs. We’re excited to get this out. I’ve been doing music in this town for 15 years and this is the first full length album I’ve been a part of.

Q: How did Murder Earth get together?

The guitar player and bass player knew each other from previous bands. They were jamming and had a guy singing with them. I host karaoke at a bar on the east side and he came in one night and said I should come check them out. I showed up and the singer didn’t. They asked if I wanted to sing some songs with them. Here we are three years later.

Q: How does hosting karaoke compare to singing in Murder Earth for you?

Hosting karaoke is a job, but it’s a fun job. It’s just a part-time job that I do. It’s always fun to sing a song; I’m in a cover band too. But with Murder Earth I’m singing the songs we’ve written. It’s our art that’s coming out. It’s always nice to have that release and to give our viewpoint.