Guitarist Mick Murphy of the Los Angeles-based rock band MY RUIN has been a busy man recently. Besides writing and co-producing MY RUIN's eighth studio album, "The Sacred Mood", with Soundtrack Black Studio owner Joel Stooksbury, he has been moonlighting the last five months with the classic rock cover band CHEVY METAL, featuring Taylor Hawkins of FOO FIGHTERS and Wiley Hodgden.
"I've been having a great time playing songs I grew up listening to and have vinyl records of in my collection, and when people like Nikki Sixx and Perry Farrell join us on stage it's a trip," says Murphy. "Having Dave Grohl sit in has lead to a few memorable moments as well. He and Taylor are both amazing musicians and all about the old school rock. I feel right at home and every show with these guys has been killer!"
Dave Grohl recently joined CHEVY METAL on stage to cover a few classic '70s THE ROLLING STONES tunes when they played the "Party In Your Pants" one-day music festival in Topanga Canyon presented by KLVC and Levi's to celebrate the launch of the clothing company's vintage-inspired Orange Tab collection. You can check out a montage of footage from the show here:
Mick has also been in the studio writing and recording an album with legendary CORROSION OF CONFORMITY drummer Reed Mullin for the new side project TEENAGE TIME KILLERS which is being produced by John Lousteau. Though still in the early stages, the album boasts guest appearances by an array of rock luminaries such as Randy Blythe (LAMB OF GOD), Mike Dean (CORROSION OF CONFORMITY), Greg Anderson, London May, Dave Grohl, Vic Bondi, Woody Weatherman (CORROSION OF CONFORMITY), Tommy Victor (PRONG, DANZIG) and MY RUIN vocalist Tairrie B. Murphy, along with many others who are committing their time and talents to the project.
"I've known John Lousteau for many years," says Murphy. "We were both in bands back in the day in Knoxville, Tennessee. He's been sitting in on drums with MY RUIN recently and we've been doing a lot of session work at Studio 606. When he approached me about recording guitar on a few of Reed's songs, I said count me in! We got into the studio and things just clicked. Reed asked me to write a few songs as well and it grew from there. He's one of my favorite drummers of all time and it's an honor to create music with him and so many other incredible musicians and vocalists. This album is both organic in nature and spontaneous in spirit which is the beauty of it, It has an old-school vibe and I think people are going to really dig it when they hear it."