New song and tour announcement from Marrow

After releasing their debut record, The Gold Standard, earlier this year, Chicago band, Marrow, just announced their first tour dates for 2016. While you check out the dates to see if they’re anywhere near you, you should enjoy their new track, “Fool.”

“Fool” is an upbeat, complex track that’s a mosaic of interesting jazz progressions and Marrow’s tell tale idiosyncratic musical ways.

OK, now the tour dates:

Fri. Nov. 27 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall (RECORD RELEASE SHOW)
Sun. Jan. 24 – New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa
Tue. Jan. 26 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
Wed. Jan. 27 – Charlotte, NC @ Double Door Inn
Thu. Jan. 28 – Nashville, TN @ The High Watt
Sat. Jan. 30 – Houston, TX @ Rudyard’s
Sun. Jan. 31 – Austin, TX @ Lambert’s
Mon. Feb. 1 – Dallas, TX @ Three Links
Wed. Feb. 3 – Wichita, KS @ Barleycorn’s
Thu. Feb. 4 – Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
Fri. Feb. 5 – Columbia, MO @ Rose Music Hall
Sat. Feb. 6 – Urbana, IL @ The Canopy Club

Featured image by Katie Graves

Striking music video for “The Gold Standard” by Marrow

I could not have personally imagined anything more perfect than the stark, vivid, and violently beautiful depiction of “The Gold Standard” created by Jake Saner.

A story of what seems like love and intense dependency results in flight, desperation and explosive emotion. This all unfolds before your eyes with flickering images of oceans, intruding thoughts drowning in apartment bathtubs, and short bursts followed by sustained scenes of cathartic choreography performed by Ashley Robicheaux and Travis Albano. This is a stunning piece of visual art to accompany an already expressive song.

Additionally, Marrow announced fall tour dates:

Sun. Nov. 1 – Toronto, ON @ Drake Hotel
Tue. Nov. 3 – Portland, ME @ One Longfellow Square
Thu. Nov. 5 – Boston, MA @ Café 939
Fri. Nov. 6 – New York, NY @ Pianos
Sun. Nov. 8 – Washington, DC @ DC9
Mon. Nov. 9 – Philadelphia, PA @ MilkBoy
Fri. Nov. 27 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall (RECORD RELEASE SHOW)

Album Review: “The Gold Standard” by Chicago band, Marrow

Marrow has been in MFL’s ears all summer long and has built itself a home there. This record required a good amount of attention, more than some I’d say. It is a complicated piece of musical work. The Gold Standard does not do what you think it will do or sound the way you think it will. Marrow was started by teenagers who were classically trained in music and were part of a hip-hop rock project prior to Marrow’s inception. Though you cannot hear any hint of hip-hop influences the mesh of musical genres in their previous band clearly influenced the group’s creativity and caused them to be daring with their songwriting. Songs unexpectedly change time, mood and vocalists.

Here is the first single and title track off the record. It’s also the song that sold me on Marrow:

Along with the title track, there are other epic tracks on this record. Songs that take you on a 5, 6 or even 8 minute journey. “Ocean of Glory” is a celebratory track that flips from a sing-songy folk track to a more distorted and psychedelic track. At first listen, I thought they were two different songs and I’d be curious to hear the band’s thought process on writing this song.

The opening track, “She Chose You”, is short and simple, riding the classic sound of indie rock whereas “Darling Divine” takes a bizarre and powerful hold of you.

“Leave Grounds Stay” is easily my favorite piece on the record. It begins in a dark place.

There’s a devil in my bones,

Everyday I feel him grow.

The man I wanna be he just doesn’t know

But I can’t let him go.

With these words, strange echos come in and out of earshot in the background, the bass shrouding the song with darkness. However, an acoustic guitar sneaks in now and then, adding an air of brevity which becomes apparent when both vocalists come in together. This dance occurs throughout the song, from darkness to light, tugging between the devil inside and what this character wants and knows he can be. “Leave Ground Stay” is a prime example of what Marrow has accomplished, creating a truly unique style they can call their own.

The Gold Standard came out September 4th on Foxhall Records. It is available for purchase on iTunes.

6 minutes of Marrow: “The Gold Standard”

If you feel like listening to 6 minutes of the first 2 minutes of “The Gold Standard” quit while you’re ahead because this song builds, rises and falls, explodes and dies in a beautifully unpredictable way. The first 2 almost 3 minutes of this track pulls you in and rocks you around gently but there is a lingering fire hiding behind the rhythmic heartbeat-like drums and whispering vocals. That fire ignites and fizzles over and over again throughout the song. Check it:

Marrow is a Chicago-based group consisting of founding members Liam Cunningham, Macie Stewart and Lane Beckstrom and drummer, Matt Carrol. The founding members created Marrow after their first previous project, Kids These Days, broke up and only shortly after the creation of Marrow, Matt Carrol was recruited to play drums. They released a 2 song EP in 2013 and are currently working on their debut full length album.

All photos by Charles Nolis Anderson, courtesy of Pitch Perfect PR