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Listen to the new Marriages album ‘Salome’ ahead of its release

April 3, 2015
Greg Burns

Greg Burns

Listen to the new Marriages album Salome
streaming now on AV Club


“…drawing from some of the best and most iconic music of the ’80s and ’90s, but man, they are owning it, making it immediate, but also timeless.” – Stereogum

“…intense, reverberating textures, sometimes ambient and glacial, sometimes howling and fierce.” – Uncut  8/10

“Rundle’s a formidable lead, breathing otherwordly narratives into life…”  NME 8/10

“…a stunning assortment of psychedelia, brutality, forlornness, and confidence.” – Antidote Magazine

Marriages‘ brilliant new album, Salome, is streaming in its entirety before its April 7th release date – tune in now on AV Club or directly on Soundcloud.  At first listen, the first thing one notices about Salome is the album’s sense of space. Like pulling open a dark window shade mid-flight, we’re abruptly presented with a crystalline brightness setting the tone from the outset, signifying an evolution from the somewhat insular buzz of Marriages’ 2012 debut EP, Kitsune. The second thing is that, unlike the stream-of-consciousness approach which found each track on Kitsune nebulously flowing into the next, Salome is comprised of concise songs, each one a light that flickers into existence, burns with magnificent intensity, and then expires.
The Los Angeles-based trio first began in 2011 as a collaborative effort between former Red Sparowes members Emma Ruth Rundle (guitar, vocals) and Greg Burns (bass, keyboards). Showcasing Rundle’s exceptional playing more vividly than the dense architecture of the Sparowes could allow, Marriages’ departure from purely instrumental rock, too, helped bring her to the forefront, revealing a voice equally fragile and ferocious. Enlisting Sparowes drummer Dave Clifford, they recorded Kitsune, released on Sargent House in 2012. Subsequent touring with Russian Circles, Deafheaven and others honed their vision while introducing the band to a broad cross-section of heavy music fans. Full time drummer Andrew Clinco completed the equation in late 2012, the final component in Marriages’ frequently epic postpunk-by-way-of-stoner-rock sound. While the group busied themselves writing the songs that would become Salome, Rundle issued solo album Some Heavy Ocean in early 2014, earning praise from the likes of Pitchfork, NPR, etc. Promoting that record found her touring the US as direct support to King Buzzo of The Melvins, immediately after which Marriages set out on tour once more, this time with the legendary Boris.
In support of Salome, Marriages will play two European / UK festival for 2015; the first will be at Roadburn Festival on April 9th that will be directly followed by a European tour supporting Wovenhand, who has also just recently signed to Sargent House. In late August, Marriages will return to the UK to play ArcTangent Festival in Bristol alongside five other Sargent House bands including regular tour mates Deafheaven and Helms Alee.  In addition to playing a Marriages set, vocalist Emma Ruth Rundle will also be performing solo – check out a full listing of all Marriages shows below.

Marriages will also be playing at the Hoxton Bar & Kitchen in London on the 1st May.

Salome is up for pre-order from iTunes or HelloMerch; keep up with Marriages via MarriagesBand.com and look for Salome on April 7th via Sargent House.
April 5  Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo (Part Time Punks / Record Release Show)
April 9  Tilburg, Netherlands @ Roadburn Festival
April 10  Nijmegen, Netherlands @ Doornroosje *
April 11 Leige, BE @ Le Hangar
April 12  Paris, France @ Le Tranbendo *
April 14  Tourcoing, FR @ Le Grand Mix*
April 15  Vevey, Switzerland @ Rocking Chair *
April 16  Aarau, Switzerland @ Kiff *
April 17  Schorndorf, Germany @ Club Manufaktur *
April 18  Leipzig, Germany @ UT Connewitz e.V. *
April 20  Brno, Czech Republic @ Fleda *
April 21  Linz, Austria @ Posthof *
April 22  Ljubljana, Slovenia @ Kino Siska *
April 24  Rijeka, Croatia @ Impulse Festival *
April 25  Belgrade, Serbia @ Dom Omladine *
April 26  Bucharest, Romania @ The Silver Church *
April 27  Sofia, Bulgaria @ Mixtape 5 *
April 29 Budapest, HU @ A38
May 1  London, UK @ Hoxton Bar & Kitchen
August 21 or 22  Bristol, UK @ Arctangent Festival  
* w/ Wovenhand
1.  The Liar
2.  Skin
3.  Santa Sangre
4.  Southern Eye
5.  Binge
6.  Salome
7.  Less Than
8.  Love, Texas
9.  Contender

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