Hardknoxbury, News, Recording and Studio

Studio Happenings – December 2014

We’re (mostly me) enjoying our new home of Center of the Universe Recording here in Epping, NH, just off of Route 125! We have a lot of projects coming through, many with early 2015 releases. 2014 was an interesting and fun year, packed with some wonderful talent stepping up to our microphones. Will you be one in the New Year?

The long awaited twang album, Sad, Drunk, and Missing You from Amos Clapp and The Tender Touch (of which I am a part of) sees a release date of 12/19/2014. The album was in production for 2 years, and features the brilliant work of many great vocalists and instrumentalists from the Seacoast. Information for ordering will be available here soon. To follow Amos Clapp and The Tender Touch on Facebook, check the Social Media section at the end of this post.

A few different projects going on with Andrea Szirbik and her band The Spectacles, one with a very close release date. I’ll update on that as soon as things are cleared for lift off.

Our music education group – Seacoast Music Lessons – is offering 10% off for the month of January to new students, and 10% off to existing students with a referral. Guitar, bass, keyboard, music theory and music production lessons are available in the half hour and 1 hour flavors. E-mail me at josephkmurphy “at” gmail “dot” com for more information. Teaching is a great passion of mine, and I’m stoked to be going into my 9th year of doing it.

I was filled in that the debut Me In Capris EP I worked on has been mastered. They’re a fantastic rock band that I hope I get to work with again. Lovely.

Finally, the garage/punk/booze band Hardknoxbury I lead had a blast at the Dover Brickhouse this past Saturday with Almanac Mountain and Post Atlantic. Expect more gigs from us in 2015. Our second release, to be titled “Her Name Gets Me Drunk” is expected for Summer 2015. Until then, check out our debut album RIGHT HERE!

And that’s about it for now. Thanks to all of our supporters! Great things lie ahead!

Joseph K Murphy

Social Media/Artists Mentioned in this Post

Center of The Universe Recording on Facebook

Andrea Szirbik on Facebook

Almanac Mountain on Facebook

Post Atlantic on Facebook

Hardknoxbury, News

Hardknoxbury Nominated for TWO Spotlight Awards!

Excited to hear that my project Hardknoxbury, which released our debut album “Oh, My Aching Head” (available on iTunes) this year has been nominated for two Spotlight Awards by Spotlight Entertainment! The first, in the Best Pop/Punk act category, and the second in the popular vote category.

If you’d like to support this little booze-rock outfit, YOU CAN! Just head over to the following link, look under the “Favorite Band or Musician” category and give Hardknoxbury your love. Thank you all, Hardknoxburians.



Hardknoxbury, New Music Release!

Hardknoxbury – Oh My Aching Head – Available Now!

You can stream it for free – or buy a digital copy – or order a physical copy and receive a digital copy immediately – all from the same great place on Band camp!



“A reckless and raucous journey through the garage punk boooze rock of Hardknoxbury.

Dedicated to the memory of Macho Man Randy Savage
“It was wild…It was different..And it was Awesome” -R.S.”

Please enjoy!





I’ve been working through the Hardknoxbury project, a group I’ve put together with my “usual suspects.” We call the genre Booze Rock. To date, I’ve put up one recording we’ve done (a cover of the wrestler Shawn Michaels’ theme song) and we’ve played one show. Doesn’t sound like much? Wait until you hear the album!

I’m in finishing-the-mix-mode. It is often these final throws when you realize your true inspirations. You may sit down and say “I’m going to make an album like Dark Side of the Moon.” You may describe to your friends how your band sounds like Beck-crossed-with-Metric. It seems that in the moments you’re finishing your pieces, you can finally come to conclusions that don’t necessarily damage your artistic ego. Just now I’ve realized a record that I was trying to mimic. I wish I had noticed earlier. It would’ve made a lot of decisions we were faced with easier. Some one else had already made them.

Now what we have is a bastardized, mutated version of a few different albums that have already been made. Which is what all albums are. This one just happens to have a song about peeing off your porch

Drink of the night: Sam Adams’ Winter Lager