Mick Murphy fuses elements of classic rock, old school heavy metal, early punk/hardcore, and underground doom metal into a style that is all his own. He plays guitar for the Los Angeles-based heavy rock band My Ruin (fronted by his wife/female roar trailblazer, Tairrie B Murphy) as well as the ‘70s/’80s cover band Chevy Metal (lead by Foo Fighters drum wiz Taylor Hawkins).
Mick’s connection, fixation, and obsession with the electric guitar began at a young age in his hometown of Knoxville, Tennessee back in the ‘70s. His older brother’s record collection made a huge impact on him as he constantly listened to rock music all throughout his young life. He got his first guitar at age 12 and started playing in bands soon after that. People in the area started taking notice of his abilities in 1987 when he won the local “guitar wars” at the age of 16 (and again at 18).
By the early ‘90s, Mick was playing a lot of shows and developing a regional following in the southeast with the Knoxville-based hybrid-metal band Hypertribe. After a west coast run in March 1995, the band decided to relocate. In early ’96 they moved to Hollywood and changed the band name to Movement. In 1999, after many struggles, adventures, bar gigs, and a nearly signed record deal gone wrong, Movement amicably called it quits.
Mick Murphy plays the GJ2 Glendora “Spirit of ‘79” – Prototype #1
In early 2000, Mick met vocalist Tairrie B (Manhole/Tura Satana/My Ruin) and the two immediately hit it off on both a romantic and musical level (they got married in 2008). Mick joined My Ruin soon after and has since co-written, co-produced and toured seven albums with the band to date including their most recent “The Sacred Mood” which was released in June 2013.
In their 2007 40th anniversary issue, Guitar Player Magazine included Mick on their list of the “40 Most Underrated Guitarists of the Past 40 Years” for his work with My Ruin and their chief editor Michael Molenda nicknamed him “Master of Heaviosity”.
Over the course of 2012, Mick started doing more session work and ended up working with composer Stephen Barton for the first season of the Disney XD animated series “Motorcity”. The action-packed show features many scenes where fast and heavy music provides the audio backdrop. Most of the guitar for those bits was played by Mick.
Early in 2013, Mick joined Taylor Hawkins’ souped-up classic rock cover band Chevy Metal, sharing the stage with various rock luminaries such as Dave Grohl, Perry Farrell, Joan Jett and Nikki Sixx. Later in the year Mick joined forces with drum legend Reed Mullin (Corrosion of Conformity) on a project called Teenage Time Killers. Scheduled for release in 2014, the album is set to have different metal, hardcore, and punk rock vocalists sing the songs and will include a few musical guests as well.
OC Weekly recently placed Mick at #3 on their “10 Best Metal Guitarists” list alongside rock icons Tony Iommi, Dimebag Darrell and Jeff Hannemann.
Mick continues to play his GJ2“Spirit of ‘79” Glendora guitar with pride and a true appreciation for the art and craftsmanship that went into designing it.