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Rig Rundown: Murder by Death

Down-tuned axes and a thirst for experimentation fuel the rootsy indie-rock band’s sound.


For low and rumbly tones, Armstrong plays his custom Electrical Guitar Company bass, which he recently obtained after a two-year wait. This all-aluminum bass is strung with DR Low Riders (.050–.110) for E and D tunings, and a set of DR DDT strings when he dips down to C tunings.

Murder by Death’s bassist Matt Armstrong managed to squeeze in a quick interview and walk us through the band’s gear before their show in Nashville. The band’s spacey-meets-gothic vibe is powered by low-tuned axes, effect-laden cellos, and a unique approach to tone.