Love Fame Tragedy at the Moroccan Lounge in Los Angeles

Love Fame Tragedy, the solo project of Matthew 'Murph' Murphy from The Wombats, stopped by for an intimate show at the Moroccan Lounge in Los Angeles, CA on Sept. 19. Days earlier Murphy, unfortunately, had to cancel his San Francisco tour stop due to a viral infection. Luckily, that didn’t stop him from powering through his show in LA.

One glimpse at Murphy and you wouldn’t even notice he was sick. He’s a total pro onstage thanks to all the years he’s spent performing with The Wombats. Not even a technical problem with his earpiece, mid-show no less, stopped him from having fun and making jokes about the situation.

I’ve never been to the Moroccan Lounge till I saw Love Fame Tragedy and let me just say, it’s my new favorite spot. As soon as I entered I was greeted by a cozy bar, past it are two doors that open to the intimate performance stage. The room is pretty small so anywhere you end up standing, you'll get a good view of the show.  

Murphy performed a 40-minute set of songs of unreleased material and from his freshly new EP I Don't Want To Play The Victim, But I'm Really Good At It. Dressed in a sleek navy suit, Murphy is a natural on stage. He's fantastic at harmonizing and can hit high notes effortlessly, especially on singles like "Pills." Murphy began and ended the set with his most popular singles "Backflip" and "Cheating Heart." In between, he kept things interesting by performing fun unreleased songs like "Multiply" and " Body Parts." True to Murphy's songwriting style, all the songs featured witty and fun lyrics, especially the song "Please Don’t Murder Me," which he dedicated the last bit of it to his wife who was in the audience. The show was so entertaining for me, the 40-minute set went by in the flash and I was left wanting to hear more. 

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Set List:

  1. Backflip
  2. Hardcore
  3. Body Parts
  4. Wave
  5. Brand New Brain
  6. Multiply
  7. Everything Affects M.N.
  8. Please Don’t Murder Me
  9. Pills
  10. My Cheating Heart

Photos by Jacqueline Naranjo