Miserylab is the main music project of Porl King, formed after the disbanding of Rosetta
Stone in the late 1990s.
King originally conceived miserylab as a moniker for remix and production purposes, such as
work done for My Vitriol and the Mercury Music Award winning Elbow. A number of tracks were
written in 2000, but were not released whilst production work remained the priority.
In 2005 King created a profile on MySpace, reworking and uploading some of his early
miserylab material. In 2007 four of these tracks were made available as a free download,
complete with downloadable artwork, known as the Vaporware EP.
Enthused by a positive response, and the successful relocation of his home studio to Leeds,
King began writing the full-length Function Creep in November 2007. Released in April 2008
as both a download and limited edition CD, it had a more guitar-driven, post-punk feel than
the previous EP. Function Creep was immediately followed by a downloadable single, an
extended version of the track Be There Tomorrow.
A second album, A Death That We Can Cure, was released on November 5th, 2008. (It was
consciously released on the anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot.) The unusual title is a
Bushism. A graph on the back cover shows, somewhat bluntly, that many more people die of
starvation than as a result of terrorism.
A third album is released in 2009, with the title Freedom Is Work.
Lyrically miserylab is sociopolitical. Subjects covered include capitalism and corporate
greed, animal rights, and the control exerted by the mainstream media over the general
Porl King has a preference for download-only releases, only making Function Creep available
as a CD following requests from fans for a "hard copy". Suffering from social anxiety, he
has stated on numerous occasions that miserylab will never perform live.
The project was originally spelt "misery:lab" - but King chose to remove the colon in order
to make it easier to find in Internet search engines. The name can be seen as both a serious
comment on animal experimentation, and a self-deprecating comment on himself and his musical
output. Claiming to be a "medicated follower of fashion" (a tongue-in-cheek Kinks
reference), he comments: "I'm drugged-up to the eyeballs on maximum dose Cipralex - and it
has little effect".
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01 Be There Tomorrow
02 About the Now
03 When You Turn Away
04 Only Human
05 A Death that we can Cure
06 In the Line of Fire
07 Imaginary Friend
08 No Cure for Life
09 Up in Arms
10 We are Happy
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