Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave, Tom Waits
Bryan Steenerson - Vocals, Nathan Simar - Accordion, Ryan Pfeiffer - Cello, Christopher Becknell - Violin, Alex Budrow - Drums, Darin Steenerson - Bass, Alex Proctor - Keys/Bass
Vsotsky, Edith Piaf, Bukowski
Murzik is a Dark Folk / neofolk band. The band started out by experimenting with mixing old eastern European folk and midwest Americana sounds together to form a sound which they coined as Dark Folk. Murzik claims its influences from more traditional artists such as Vladimir Vysotsky, Leonard Cohen, and Édith Piaf which can be seen in Murziks romanticized soundscapes and dark poetic lyrics. The band has often been compared with other groups such as DeVotchKa and Gogol Bordello although Murzik's music steers more towards a darker sound reminiscent of Nick Cave and Leonard Cohen.