Murky Red is a new Belgian band formed in the autumn of 2010. The band delivers a blend of different rock styles, influenced by bands such as Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Steppenwolf, The Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, Band of Horses, Pink Floyd, The Dire Straits,... and artists such as Gary Moore, Mark Knopfler, Snowy White,... which results in catchy power-rock as well as atmospheric ballads.
Murky Red is comprised of guitarist/vocalist Stef Flaming, bassist Tom Kockelmans, guitarist Georges Petrofski, drummer Joery Masson and vocalist/keys Yolanda Flaming.
Stef Flaming: singer-songwriter, guitarist, lead vocal.
Although he’s a very amiable man, he has a bit the reputation of 'an old dog with dirty tricks'.
Former bands: Argelterp, Chronic Death, K'dev, …
With an organ player/accordionist as father, Stef was drawn into the music since he was born, and soon his guitar became his main focus. It didn’t take that long before he played in different metal bands and performed on different bigger and smaller Belgian stages.
The drive the chose for different musical roads and the blending of different rock genres resulted in his own style. In the spring of 2010 he had composed a number of rock songs and he started to compose a band. The band was a fact in the autumn of 2010, composed of Stef Flaming, Tom Kockelmans, Georges Petrofski, Yolanda Flaming and drummer Jef Vandervorst. In the summer of 2011, Jef decided to leave the band, and has been replaced by Joery Masson.
Marie Vancamp: Backing Vocals
Patrick Dujardini: guitarist.
Tom Kockelmans: bassist.
The name 'Murky Red' is inspired by Tom’s red hair. He’s a big bear and full of energy on the stage.
Former band: Nema
Yolanda Flaming: lead vocal / support / keys.
Her sweet but impressing voice is the result of two years education in classical singing.
Former band: K'dev
Joery Masson: drummer.
He’s a very driven musician with a double dose of rock flowing through his veins. He has lived for a few years in Germany, but came back to Belgium and brought his German girl-friend with.
A few reviews...
Murky Red from Belgium. This exciting up and coming band are in the process of releasing their debut album, ''Time Doesn't Matter”. Drawing influences from bands such as Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac and others, Murky Red deliver tracks written by very talented guitarist / vocalist Stef Flaming. Stef's lovely wife, Yolanda, is on vocals, although she handles lead vocals on only a few of the tracks, the balance as backing vocalist. She also plays the keys. The rest of the band is comprised of Joery Masson on drums, Tom Kockelmans on bass and Georges Petrofski on guitars. The standard of musicianship and song writing in Murky Red is very high, and they're a young band with lots of promise and potential. Their presentation is professionally put together, and the songs are ideal for radio play. Check out their website www.murkyred.com. I think we'll be hearing a lot about this band in the future!
Leon Economides, The Rockit Scientist, Radio Midrand South Africa
I am not writing as a prog reviewer however not giving any less credit to this band either. Their music is timeless!!!
Prog Rock is a big word and covers many genres of music from Jazz to Folk to rock to metal and the list just carries on. We tend to look for prog because most listeners are interested in music with substance, instrumentals, vocals etc.
Murky Red does produce good quality and timeless music. It's hard to place Murky Red with a specific genre. I don't classify Murky Red as prog rock in its conventional snobbish term but they certainly are NOT a pop rock group (which is a commercial and formulaic form of entertainment with more upbeat music reminding me of the disco era and electro nowadays).
I would classify them maybe in Arena Rock, because they do have a large audience appeal with their power rock ballads and suggestive chorus i.e. the likes of Zeppelin etc.
Murky Red, emphasizes in songwriting, very good and well performed instrumentals, they have an excellent guitar player and instrumentals with a kind of heavy rock and jazzy blues feel but with an added edge to it, and a "real connection with the audience".
Last Chance Hotel is a hot sexy ballad with roaring riffs, excellent written and performed music, a timeless classic which reminds me of Steppenwolf “Born to be Wild”, regarded by many including Rolling Stones Magazine as one of the best songs ever written and to date.
Willow Tree is another hot suggestive track that creates a "swampy, bluesy, sexy and spooky" feeling. They hit spot on with the instrumentals and the vocals, making it interesting, captivating without sounding exaggerated or corny, I applaud them. :)))
Sonia Mota, Progwall
Oh man, I love the vocals in this band - not only, of course, but they're gutsy and soulful, to say the least! Perfect soundtrack music. Dark prog country at its best, if that's a valid category. Get on your horse or Harley and smoke a pipe of kif.
Fred Lessing, Progwall