Westminster Park is a multi-instrumental group lead by husband and wife Colleen and Steve Murphy.
Their “sound” is difficult to succinctly describe. Some effective words thrown their way have been: haunting, beautiful, delicate, lo-fi, political, anthemic.
One of London’s most prolific bands, Westminster Park’s 4 albums and other EPs and Singles have been ranked in London Free Press Top Ten Local albums of the year, nominated for the Polaris Prize (Longer List), CHRW Radio’s Album of the Year Award, Jack Richardson London Music Awards, and featured on CBC Newsworld.
Influences to the “Westminster Park” sound are as diverse as the massive record collections of their members. They’ve received comparisons to The Velvet Underground, The Smiths, Belle & Sebastian, Magnetic Fields, Leonard Cohen, Sun Kil Moon and REM, to name a few.
Each album plays like a mix-tape offering nostalgic folk songs, delicate melodies and a dash of rock and roll for good measure. The lyrics are deeply personal yet accessible: as one reviewer noted, “the listener can feel like an aural voyeur”.
The latest full length album “Fig.4: Molt, Rebirth”, released in Summer 2017 made the Polaris Prize Longer List, the Top 200 Earshot National Charts for both July and August including #1 on CHRW in hometown London, Ontario.
Sometimes a duo, other times a trio or quartet, recent high profile shows include opening for The Dears and playing the legendary Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto.
In downtime from the group Colleen Murphy is an active member in the London community. You’ll find her marching in the streets at protests, writing articles for her blog and www.londonfuse.ca, and working on a massive vegetable garden.
Steve Murphy spends downtime writing music reviews for www.greatdarkwonder.com and www.londonfuse.ca. He also released two solo albums: Elegant Peasant in 2019 and Lonesome Scrapbook in 2018; published a book of poetry called “Late for Summer” and his first book of fiction “Everybody Wins (Except for the Losers)”. He also wrote and recorded songs for side project The Family Feud.