Residence: Barrington

Guilty associations: Drummer, Hardknoxbury; Almanac Mountain; Howling Boil; Mad Liberation Front

Favorite Seacoast spot: The Stone Church

Average amount of sleep: 7 hours

Favorite color: Green

Here we go:

EDGE: Music. What is it good for? What role does it play in your life?

Murphy: What isnít music good for? Music is powerful. It seems to me that every situation is better when thereís music playing. It can pick you up when youíre down. It makes the good times even better. It can let you know youíre not alone, and it can really make you think. Often times for me music is the only thing that can quiet all of the madness going on in my head. And besides, doing the dishes would be a lot less fun if I couldnít dance to Steely Dan at the same time.

EDGE: Drums. What got you interested in sitting behind a kit? What do you get out of drumming that you can't get out of anything else?

Murphy: In 1982, Billy Joel played a concert at Nassau Coliseum in Long Island. I was probably 7 or 8 years old when I got my hands on a VHS tape of this show. I became obsessed with watching the drummer. Liberty Devitto absolutely crushed those drums. It looked fun, it looked physical, and I could easily follow along with what he was doing and what each drum sounded like. I actually taught myself to play following along to that video. To this day, playing the drums is one of the very few things that I actually enjoy doing while breaking a sweat.

EDGE: What was it like growing up with siblings that are also quite musical? What did the house sound like? What do you appreciate about being able to collaborate with those siblings current day?

Murphy: By the time Jeremy and Joey were really into music, I had moved out. However, that didnít stop us from jamming out together. One of the most enjoyable ways for me to spend a weekend is to get together with my brothers and friends and create a 48-hour album. Thatís basically an album of music that we write and record in just two days. Weíve done several. Results are mixed, but itís always a good time. I play a lot with Joey these days in Hardknoxbury, but Jeremy and I are only one RPM Challenge away from playing together again.

EDGE: Community. What does that word mean to you? What's the importance of community? What do you dig about the music community that exists in this part of the world?

Murphy: The musical community in the Portsmouth area is small but vibrant, and Iím lucky that I get to be a part of it. I donít know how it is in some of the bigger cities, but here everybody seems pretty tightly-knit. Everybody knows everyone else, and itís very supportive. In fact, most of us have played with each other at some point in our lives. We like to see each other succeed. Who is going to put Portsmouth on the map?! Whether weíre filling-in for each other at gigs, sitting-in on recordings, or sharing equipment weíve got each otherís backs. To quote Red Green, ďIím pulliní for ya. Weíre all in this together.Ē

EDGE: What's your greatest fear? How do you combat said fear?

Murphy: It is truly difficult to pick out one single fear above all else. Aside from losing my sense of hearing, none of them really have anything to do with music. I fear what kind of country weíre leaving for our future generations. Now that I have a son, that bell rings a lot louder than it ever did before. I want him to have opportunity. I want his hard work to actually pay off. Iím fearful that it wonít. I hate to end this interview on a somber note, but if I do anything to combat this fear, itís to tell myself this: The U.S. is just going through an awkward phase right now. The working class will prevail. Everything will be alright.