Murder Bar

Album: Black Out the Sun (2013)

Songfacts®:

  • The "Murder Bar" is a place called Roar Of The Crowd, which is located in Haskell, New Jersey, across the street from the hotel where Sevendust was staying when they made the album. The folks at Architekt Music Studios, where the band recorded in nearby Butler, New Jersey, tell us that it's actually a great place - popular with locals - and that nobody has been killed there, nor do murderers frequent the joint.

    The place does look a little shady from the outside, however, and Sevendust started calling it the "Murder Bar" after hearing an offhand comment along the lines of, "you might get murdered if you go in there."

    Intrigued, the band stopped in and found it very inviting. In our interview with lead singer Lajon Witherspoon, he explained that meeting the locals helped energize the band creatively, as they picked up different themes and ideas along the way. One barfly who stood out was Carl, the janitor of the local high school for the past 40 years. "I looked forward to talking to him and hearing his story, telling me about these kids that he remembers that are here behind him drinking at the bar that are 40 years old now," Said Witherspoon. "It was like from out of a movie."

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