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The Upbeat: Murder Mystery

of the Oakland Press

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Formed: 1999 at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant

Sound: Psychedelic-tinged rock

Members: Adam LeRoy — guitar and vocals (Madison Heights); Ken Kochadja, bass and vocals (Troy); Bob Harrington — drums (Pleasant Ridge)

Influences: The MC5, SRC, Velvet Underground, Pavement, Sleater-Kinney, Built To Spill, Sonic Youth.

Day Jobs: LeRoy teaches special education at Novi High School. Kochadja is an accountant for Teal Electric Company in Troy, and Harrington is a computer systems analyst for PCE Systems in Farmington Hills.

What’s in a Name? LeRoy, the lone founding member left in Murder Mystery, took the name from a Velvet Underground song on the group’s self-titled 1969 album. “Particularly when we were starting out, that song seemed to be very much the direction we wanted to go in.”

Songs of Love and Hope: LeRoy was inspired to start writing songs in earnest while he was in college and broke up with his then-girlfriend, who’s now his wife. “She dumped me,” LeRoy recalls with a laugh, “so my response was to write these sadsack, ‘please come back to me’ songs and leave them on her car at 2 or 3 in the morning. It didn’t work; she still showed no interest, but a couple months afterwards we managed to get back together. That was the true impetus of me wanting to write songs.”

Favorite Gigs: LeRoy says Murder Mystery has enjoyed playing shows at Detroit area clubs and theaters “where I got to see bands that I think are cool.” But even better, he says, has been taking the band out of town. “We’ve done a few tours of the East Coast and Midwest. We got to play some really cool shows in New York and Boston. It’s neat to realize, ‘These are people we never met before, cities we’re playing or the first time and people are showing up. That was a very cool feeling.”

Hear ’em: Murder Mystery’s second full-length album, “Astronaut,” came out in November on Workerbee Records.

See ’em: Murder Mystery performs on Saturday, Jan. 15, at Northern Lights Lounge, 660 W. Baltimore St., Detroit. Doors open at 7 p.m. Cover is $5. Call 313-873-1739 or visit www.myspace.com/northernlightslounge.

Surf ’em: www.murdermysteryband.com.

Web Site: www.murdermysteryband.com

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