Christophe Murdock

Social Parasite

 Mockingbird Lane were the death-rock/horror-punk act of Christophe Murdock in the early 2000's. A band unlike any other in their scene. Hard to fit a description, one magazine said it best with "If The Munsters, The Misfits and Merle Haggard were to join forces, their name would be Mockingbird Lane." The band lived fast and died young, but the stories still live on.

 Mockingbird Lane first appeared on the music scene in early 2002. Founder/frontman Christophe Murdock enlisted the help of his friends from Therogy shortly after the band's demise to play some gigs. The band's line-up would change from show to show featuring many different Oklahoma musicians. The only main-stays being Christophe and Blizzard.
 The band first went into the studio in early 2003 to record the "Taken Under" cd single. They recorded the song for inclusion in the Stephen King Dollar baby "I Know What You Need". The cd also included bonus tracks including Christophe's electronic side-project, Xtoph. 
 Next the band hit the studio again in mid-2003 to record for a Misfits tribute album, "Too Much Horror Business - 1977-1983 - A Tribute to The Misfits". While there they went ahead and recorded some other demo's and released the "2003 Demo". This included two of the version's of "Taken Under" from the earlier single release, their cover of The Misfits "She", and two new songs, "I... Vampire" and "Wolfshead". 
 In late 2004 BJ, an old friend and writing partner of Christophe's, got out of prison and jammed with the band. A rare live version of the Mockingbird Lane standard "Dead Girl's Don't Say No" was recorded the day after he was released with BJ on lead vocals and guitar, Christophe on bass and Blizzard on drums. This was released in 2005 on the compilation "The Harder, The Better: Volume 8". 
 Eventually the band dissipated but over the years demos would keep popping up on various compilations keeping the memories alive. Mockingbird Lane were the death-rock/horror-punk act of Christophe Murdock in the early 2000's. A band unlike any other in their scene. Hard to fit a description, one magazine said it best with "If The Munsters, The Misfits and Merle Haggard were to join forces, their name would be Mockingbird Lane." The band lived fast and died young, but the stories still live on. Mockingbird Lane were the death-rock/horror-punk act of Christophe Murdock in the early 2000's. A band unlike any other in their scene. Hard to fit a description, one magazine said it best with "If The Munsters, The Misfits and Merle Haggard were to join forces, their name would be Mockingbird Lane." The band lived fast and died young, but the stories still live on.

 The origins of Parasite date back to 1992, when after leaving a death metal outfit from Ada Oklahoma called Destructive Criticism, Joe D. & Brad Day sought to combine thrash metal, doom metal and stoner metal with some of the classic 70’s party rock atmosphere & charisma of bands such a Kiss and Black Sabbath. Equal parts Slayer, Cathedral, Monster Magnet, Black Sabbath, Kiss, Venom, Celtic Frost and Exodus. 

 SP arose in the OKC metal scene in its initial lineup from 1992-1995, after which mark 1 came to an end and mark 2 began; first with Micah Nix on drums, then Tyson on bass, this lineup existed through 2004, with infrequent gigs on often (purposefully) eclectic bills, always playing with bands that went outside the lines of being only within the metal circle. SP never quite fit into any one scene, and this was by design… after all the band began out of a frustration that came after initially playing thrash metal, until it’s rules became stifling creatively and the members therefore decided all boundaries were a waste of time, and so was the thought of proving how metal they might be… truth is they all love and live metal as much as any other metal bands, but also came to a point where they’d put in years and years into the metal scene, to realize there was nothing left to prove to anyone but themselves. 

 The band issued 5 EP releases between 1992 and 2004, the 1st 2 releases by the mark 1 lineup (with Joe D.-gtr, vocals, Brad-drums, and Chuck-bass), and the last 3 were from the time frame of the mark 2 lineup (with Joe D.-gtr-vocals, Micah Nix-drums, Tyson-bass), they are: SOCIAL PARASITE (1992), PSYCHEDELIC PHARMACY-1995-the most well produced and heaviest release, RAPED BY MISERY-1997, SCUM GOD-1998 (which included a song released on a vinyl compilation by Roctober mag.-entitled ‘Nazi Graffiti’), then SICK SICK SICK in 2004. In 2006 and 2007 a few other songs were recorded (a cover of Venom ‘In League With Satan’ & the instrumental ‘2 Bottles of Fussy Pussy’), these one offs-were released in 2010 as part of the ‘ACCUMULATED BLUR’ compilation CD, which was released to commemorate mark 3 of Parasite, which now had the current lineup of Joe D.-gtr/vocals, Christophe Murdock-bass/vocals and Jeff ‘The Jester’ on drums. New songs played live included the doomy stomp of ‘In The Mouth Of The Worms’, a handful of songs written and sung by Christophe Murdock (‘Hellbound’, ‘1984’, ‘Another Nail In The Coffin’) along with covers by Celtic Frost, Black Sabbath and Venom. 

 Social Parasite delivered a stage show that’s built around an ominous ambiance and atmosphere. With no rules PARASITE were a band unto itself… un-able to be categorized and un-able to be phased by anything… Existence for itself-by itself-on it’s own island-inside it’s own planet, with the uncommon attitude/belief and integrity which basically boils down to knowing they exist to keep certain people away as much as to bring certain people in. One thing SP certainly does deliver though, is originality, entertainment and a true-from the heart belief in what they do.

 Founder of the band, Joe D., passed away in July of 2013.

 Micah Nix, former drummer of the band, passed away in March of 2014.

 May their memories live on.

Members:

Joe D. (Vocals, Guitar, Bass 1992-2013)

Brad Day (Drums 1992-1995, 2013-Present)

Christophe Murdock (Bass, Vocals, Guitar 2010-Present)

Scott Kearnes (1992-1993)

Kelley (1993)

Crissy (1993)

Chuck B (Bass 1993-1995)

Micah Nix (Drums 1995-2007)

Dave Parr (Bass 1996-1007)

Steve Kearnes (1997)

Missy D. (Bass, Vocals 1998-1999)

Tyson (1999-2007)

Danny Akins (Drums 2005)

Jeff "Jester" Smith (Drums 2010-2011)