Murph (drummer)

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Murphy at The Great Northern With Dinosaur Jr. 2010
Background information
Birth nameEmmett Jefferson "Patrick" Murphy III
Born (1964-12-21) December 21, 1964 (age 54)
Washington, DC
GenresAlternative rock
InstrumentsDrums, synthesizer
Years active1984–present
LabelsHomestead, SST, Blanco y Negro/Sire, Merge, Fat Possum, Atlantic
Associated actsDinosaur Jr.
The Lemonheads

Emmett Jefferson Murphy III (born December 21, 1964), professionally credited as both Patrick Murphy and Murph, is best known for being the drummer for the alternative rock band Dinosaur Jr.[1] He was a member of the group from its founding in 1984 through 1993, and since the original lineup reformed in 2005.

Musical career[edit]

Murphy joined Dinosaur Jr. after being the drummer in the hardcore punk band All White Jury. He would remain in the band until leaving the group in 1993. He joined The Lemonheads in 1995.[1]

In April 2005, Murph returned to Dinosaur Jr. with J Mascis & Lou Barlow, reforming the original line-up.[1] The trio has released four Dinosaur Jr. albums since reforming: the comeback album Beyond in 2007, Farm in 2009, I Bet on Sky in 2012, and most recently Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not in 2016. The band has steadily toured the world since reforming.

He is the son of E. Jefferson Murphy, a Professor of African Studies at Smith College.[2]


Murph is known for his pounding drumbeats and tight fill techniques.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Dinosaur Jr. - Music Biography, Credits and Discography". AllMusic. Rovi.
  2. ^ Bevan, David (October 4, 2012). "Dinosaur Jr.: Rediscovering the Gnarl". Spin Media.
  3. ^ Any Dinosaur track, seriously (1984-93, 2005-present)
  • Azerrad, Michael. Our Band Could Be Your Life.