DEVIL'S GIFT, the metal project of Orlando, Florida-based singer-songwriter Lennon Murphy (who performs under the name LENNON), has posted several tracks from its forthcoming debut album on MySpace. Check out the songs "Shadow Never Ending", "Looking for Jesus", "Victim" and "Damned Angels" at this location.
According to the singer's manager Jeffrey Pringle, Lennon co-wrote all the songs with producer Jason Suecof (TRIVIUM, DEVILDRIVER, CHIMAIRA, BURY YOUR DEAD), "who not only produced the record but played the guitars. David Elitch (DAUGHTERS OF MARA) collaborated on the writing of a few tracks as well as playing drums on the record. It's the first time in Lennon's four-album career that she sat down to write a record from scratch in the studio. All of her prior solo releases she had written the songs on her own prior to engaging a producer."
Commented Lennon: "One of us would have an idea for a starting place, Dave and Jason would lay down the groove and some scratch guitar ideas, while I would work on a melody and some lyrics.
"I had a wonderful time working with Jason. He is the funniest child I know — never in a bad mood, [and] a great collaborator. Oh yeah, and the sickest, most slammin fuckin' guitar player I know, and I have been on the road with Joe Perry, Neil Schon, Neil Giraldo, Mick Marz and Vernon Reid, so props to J."
The DEVIL'S GIFT CD will be released sometime in 2008. Tour dates in support of the album will kick off soon.
Yoko Ono issued a statement last week denying reports that she was planning legal action against Murphy, who has sought to trademark the name of her band, LENNON. In a letter to the technology blog BoingBoing, Ono explained that several years ago, Lennon Murphy sought Ono's permission to perform under her birth name, Lennon Murphy, which Ono did not object to, according to MTV.com. But later, without Ono's knowledge, the singer reportedly filed an application in the U.S. Trademark Office requesting the exclusive right to utilize the name "Lennon" for musical performances. Ono's attorneys asked Murphy's lawyers and manager to withdraw the registration, offering to cover all costs Murphy had incurred in filing for the trademark. When Murphy went ahead with the registration anyway, Ono said she did not sue Murphy, but had her attorneys notify the trademark office that Ono did not believe it was fair that Murphy be granted the exclusive right to the Lennon trademark for musical and entertainment services. Ono wrote, "I am really hurt if people thought that I told a young artist to not use her own name in her performances and had sought to sue her. I did no such thing. I hope this allegation will be cleared."
Lennon Murphy had previously posted an open letter to Ono online, which was run on Ono's sometimes-estranged stepson Julian Lennon's MySpace page. The statement said that, only days before her trademark to use the name Lennon expired, Ono's representatives had "filed their complaint, accusing me of falsely representing myself and causing confusion in the marketplace that has damaged the John Lennon name."
Lennon's video blog from video shoot for the song "Shadow Never Ending":