Get to Know a Murfie Staffer!

Here’s another chance to show off our great co-workers at Murfie! Ask anyone here, and they’ll tell you one of the best things about Murfie is the people.

This gal is not only great to work with, but she does a heck of a lotta important things that are essential to the daily functions of Murfie Operations—

GAO VANG

a765be64-d395-11e2-9dc3-de256bd96523Where are you from? > My parents are Hmong immigrants from Laos and I was born and raised in Eau Claire, WI.

How long have you been working at Murfie? What is your role? > It’ll be 2 years in August! I assist in customer support and managing operations. I handle everything about downloads.

What do you like about working at Murfie? > First, the people–I’ve made best friends working here. Second, the challenge of working in a startup–not everything has been done before. We have to create our own programs and our own standards. It’s fascinating and exciting to see what we can come up with.

What kind of music can be found in your Murfie collection? > Mostly Pop/Rock.

2066-largeWho are your favorite artists/bands of all time? > I’m a 90’s girl. I love Nirvana and Sublime. I will always sing along to Backstreet Boys and Mariah Carey.

If you could have coffee with any musician, from any time, who would it be and why? > Marilyn Manson. He’s incredibly intelligent and down-to-earth. I feel like we would have great conversations. The only topic I would avoid is my taste in music.

Are you a Beyoncé fan? > And a Destiny’s Child fan? Yes. Yes.

What album are you really digging right now? > I have Paramore on repeat at the moment. It’s fun to dance and sing with it.
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Do you have any pets? > Yes! Charlie, my dog, turned three last month. She’s still sassy as ever.

What is your favorite food? > Ian’s pizza. I’m trying everything on their menu.

What can people find you doing when you’re not at Murfie? > Chilling at the dog park with Charlie and DJ, my boyfriend.

Now you know more about Gao, our download expert extraordinare! We hope you enjoy seeing some behind-the-scenes stuff about us Murfieans, because some real cool peeps run this site!

Enabler takes Milwaukee Hardcore to Australia

Catching up with Jeff Lohrber

Way back in May 2012, Murfie was lucky enough to record a podcast with the band Enabler, a harcore/metal/punk crossover band from Milwaukee’s Riverwest neighborhood that is making quite a national stir. [Click here to listen to the podcast!]

With a few more tours under their belt, as well as an upcoming trip to Australia, the time is right to catch up a bit with the band’s frontman, Jeff Lohrber.

How’s everyone in the band doing?
Everyone’s good! We’ve had some personnel changes since the last time we talked. Greg and Andy both had to leave due to their commitments to Misery Signals and Fall Out Boy, so we have a guitarist by the name of Eric Dunn and a drummer by the name of Chris Zugschwert. Most of us have been busy with home life and jobs.

What’ve you all been up to since last time we talked? (May 2012!)MI0003369104
Well we put out our second LP All Hail the Void in July of last year as well as a new EP titled Shift of Redemption this past April. We’ve done 4 US tours and a European tour. This band is constantly in motion.

I hear you’re going to Australia soon—tell us about that!
We are touring Australia in July with the band Urns. We’re doing about 11 shows on the Southeastern coast. I’m really looking forward to it. I feel like I’ve done more interviews in the past month regarding the Australian tour than ever before. People seem very excited to see us in Australia.

What’s the music scene like there? Is it similar to the U.S.?
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 I’m not really 100% sure to be honest with you. I think it’s similar to the US, but on a smaller scale. There are less cities in Australia, it’s just not as big of a country, and most of the country is jungle or desert. I’m assuming it’s similar to touring Canada, where there are some amazing cities and amazing bands, but it’s just a lot more spread out than the States are.

Is there anywhere else that you’d really like to tour someday?
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 We’re looking at hitting Southeast Asia next. We’ve had offers to play in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, etc. and we were actually trying to make it coincide with the Australian tour, but one thing at a time. I would really love to be able to play Japan as well as South America at some point.

Last time, you mentioned that a few of you in the band are vegan. How’s that going?
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 Well the newer members are not vegan, to each their own. Amanda is very into being vegan and will always be, I eat 99.9% vegan but I’ve found myself giving in to the veggie patties at Subway once in a while with the excessive amount of touring that we’ve been doing.

I tried quitting cheese, but I can’t! Any advice?
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 I never really had this problem except with pizza, which Whole Foods and Ian’s have actually made this pretty easy (the vegan mac n’ cheese pizza at Ian’s is choice). Cheese is a hard thing to replace, so I just found other things that I would eat instead, which was actually good for me. When I decided to go vegan, I was at a point where almost every meal was a frozen cheese pizza, so I definitely needed a change of diet, and luckily I found other foods that were just as cheap and easy to make and I didn’t have any problems. I can relate with cigarettes though, I would love to quit, I’ve tried time and time again, and I just fail miserably every time.

creativedestructiveBesides the Australia shows, what are Enabler’s upcoming plans?
We are playing This is Hardcore Fest in Philly in August and doing a short tour around that, and then this fall we are going to be tracking a new record!

It’s starting to get nicer out…are there any summer activities you’re looking forward to doing?
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 I really miss going running in the winter, I like biking up to the park and reading from time to time, and of course I love a good barbecue, etc. Winter seemed to last exceptionally long this year, so it’s nice to just get out of the house and have it not be miserable outside!

Are there any new bands that you’re really digging right now?
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 Agrimonia, Nails, Darkthrone, Ghost, Integrity, and Portal have all put out records this year that are awesome. The new Black Sabbath record is actually really good as well.

What are some of the best summer albums of all time?
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 I don’t know if I would describe these as summer albums, but I love driving around with my windows down blaring these records full blast! Led Zeppelin – IV, Deep Purple – Machine Head, Judas Priest – Painkiller, Dead Kennedys – Fresh Fruit, and Cannibal Corpse – Bloodthirst.

Describing your music, your band has stated that “The world is f***** and this is the soundtrack to its demise.” Any advice for us folks regarding that? :-)
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 Well I’ve always looked at this band as an outlet for my frustrations. There are just so many wrongs in this world that we have so little power to make right, and I have to be able to vent these frustrations or else it’s just going to build up inside of me and I would turn to violence. There are so many just wrong things happening at all times, and my advice to any angry or frustrated person out there would be to find some sort of creative outlet and let it flow into whatever you choose to create. Essentially then you are creating something positive with your negativity, because if you just try to ignore all of the negative things in life, they will catch up to you and the aftermath will be ugly for yourself and the people that surround you. As a fan of heavy music, when I was a kid and discovered hardcore/punk music and heavy metal, I related to it, and I knew that I wasn’t the only person that felt this way. It’s important to know that you aren’t alone, and it’s important to be creative in times where so many people are so destructive.

Thanks again to Jeff Lohrber for catching up with us here at Murfie, and for sharing words of wisdom! You can learn more about Enabler at facebook.com/enablermke.


Kayla Liederbach
@djkaylakush

Kayla manages social media and customer support at Murfie. You can hear her on the radio hosting U DUB, the reggae show, Wednesdays on WSUM. She enjoys hosting the Murfie podcast, cooking, traveling, going to concerts, and snuggling with kittycats.