M.S.P-A Shoulder For The Crow
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M.S.P. ( The Maranua Storey Project) is a musical collaboration between U.K. based singer/songwriter Mark Storey and Indonesian based guitarist/producer Tommy Maranua which began in 2012. The two musicians have never met which is no big surprise given the distance between the 2 countries but they have recorded their material via the internet and in 2o18 they had enough material to release their debut album “A Shoulder for the Crow”. There was a wealth of material to choose from for the track listing but they narrowed it down to the 13 tracks on the album.
The drums are supplied by legendary Indonesian drummer Faried Badjeber . BothTommy and Faried are part of Indonesia’s Hard Rock Super group “Boomerang” and this has helped greatly in raising M.S.P.’s profile in Indonesia.
“A Shoulder for the Crow” is a breath-taking debut album and, because of the distance between the 2 songwriters really is a case of letting the music do the talking. The album is predominantly a Heavy Rock album with killer cuts like the sinister “Down in the Basement”, the adrenaline rush of “Devil in ya” (which features an electrifying duel between Tommy’s screaming guitar and Mark’s wailing Blues harp), the sleazy grind of “Dirty Little Mouth” and the macabre “Again” to name but a few, but these tracks are seamlessly fused with the Blues slide driven “Voodoo Blues” then the Classic Rock anthem that is “Glamoured” and the seriously commercial ballads “Wonderland”, “Good Love” and “A Shoulder for the Crow” with it’s infectious “Well I smoke too many cigarettes and I lose my head in arguments” chorus.
“A Shoulder for the Crow” is refreshing because it is never predictable, the tracks and styles flow beautifully weaving a Classic Rock groove and a full driving sound that has received multiple positive reviews and feedback. M.S.P. have their own sound and Tommy and Mark have an amazing song writing chemistry.
All in all M.S.P. have turned out a ground-breaking debut album which is quite some achievement for 2 guys that have never met!
M.S.P signed a distribution deal with Dr.Johns Surgery Records in July 2019