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Kal Marks Debut Heavy and Optimistic “Mankind” via The FADER | Announce Tour Dates

January 18, 2016

Kal Marks Share “Mankind” via The FADER

“Life Is Alright, Everybody Dies” Out February 19th via Midnight Werewolf + Exploding In Sound Records

Announce Tour Dates Including SXSW

Boston indie-sludge stalwarts Kal Marks will released their new album Life Is Alright, Everybody Dies on February 19th via Exploding In Sound and Midnight Werewolf Records. The long awaited follow up to Life Is Murder, the band have taken a sunnier disposition… but only slightly. The FADER premiered “Mankind,” the album’s second single, sharing: “Life Is Alright, Everybody Dies is aggressive, but it’s also optimistic (not aggressively optimistic, though); it conveys a cynical hopefulness that mankind could totally get its shit together if it actually tried. Which is why “Mankind,” the band’s new single off the upcoming record, is a shredder of a song that’s essentially about peace and love.”

Kal Marks’ Carl Shane (guitar/vocals) expanded on the themes of “Mankind”:

“I would say that ‘Mankind’ is a angry song about being kind to the rest of humanity. I don’t know if this makes any sense but when I sing (yell) this song I imagine it from the perspective of a motherly figure, who is pleading to rest of the world to you know… not devour her young. I don’t know how much time we have left on this Earth, because it seems like there’s new shit hitting the fan everyday, and I just hope humanity could pull together somehow.”

Kal Marks will be hitting the road for a US tour in support of Life Is Alright, Everybody Dieswith dates throughout January, February, and March with Two Inch Astronaut and Left & Right, including a run of “unofficial” shows during SXSW. If you’re interested in having the band play your showcase, party, house show, etc., please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Their tour will conclude with a homecoming show on April Fool’s Day (April 1st) a fitting return for a band that offer a light hearted look at heavy subject matter.

SHOWS:

01/28 – Cambridge, MA @ The Middle East w/ Nice Guys, Creaturos & Gravel
01/29 – Brooklyn, NY @ Aviv w/ Dead Tenants, Multicult, Lily Konigsberg (Palberta) & more
02/20 – Philadelphia, PA @ Everybody Hits w/ Bruise Bath, Snowplows & Pet
02/24 – Allston, MA @ Great Scott w/ LVL UP & Florist
03/03 – Brooklyn, NY @ Shea Stadium w/ Lushes, Patio & Lady Bones
03/04 – New Brunswick, NJ @ In the West
03/05 – Washington, DC @ Above The Bayou w/ BRNDA & Nice Breeze *
03/06 – Richmond, VA
03/07 – Harrisonburg, VA
03/08 – Raleigh-Durham, NC *
03/09 – Asheville, NC @ Odditorium *
03/10 – Nashville, TN @ Freakin Weekend Fest *
03/11 – Atlanta, GA @ Wonderoot *
03/12 – Talahasse, FL @ Wolfs Den w/ Yikes & Lingua Franca *
03/13 – New Orleans, LA @ Sisters In Christ w/ Woozy & Melters *
03/14 – Lafayette, LA *
03/15 – Houston, TX *
03/16-19 – Austin, TX (SXSW)
03/20 – Denton, TX @ Gatsbys Mansion +
03/21 – Fayetteville, AR @ Backspace +
03/22 – Little Rock, AR +
03/23 – Murray, KY @ Terrapin Station +
03/24 – Louisville, KY @ Kaiju Bar +
03/25 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean Downstairs w/ Yeesh & Longface +
03/26 – Cincinatti, OH @ Northside Yacht Club +
03/27 – Columbus, OH @ Tree Bar +
03/28 – Pittsburgh, PA +
03/29 – Allentown, PA +
03/30 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brendas w/ Blue Smiley +
03/31 – New Haven, CT @ Cafe 9 w/ Lea, Bilge Rat & more +
04/01 – Allston, MA @ O’Briens w/ Lady Bones & Sneeze +

* w/ Two Inch Astronaut
+ w/ Left & Right

ABOUT KAL MARKS:

A self-proclaimed “loud, heavy, spirited group of folks that are a little tired of rock and roll,” Boston rockers, Kal Marks, write songs that are heavy in sound and subject matter. Lead by Carl Shane (guitar/vocals) and accompanied by Michael Geacone (bass) and Alex Audette (drums), the trio makes music that is candid in delivery and brash in execution.

On the band’s newest album, Life is Alright, Everybody Dies, out February 19th via Exploding in Sound and Midnight Werewolf Records, Kal Marks explores the more ominous side of life, examining themes such as unfairness, cruelty, pain, and abuse of power through audaciously honest lyrics which are delivered by Shane’s trademark vocals, a potent combination of apprehensiveness and defiance. Despite the weighty subject matter that Kal Marks’ songs deal with, there is an underlying message, found somewhere between the layers of palpitating guitar riffs and thundering bass lines, that encourages listeners to make the most of their time here, in spite of all of the chaos they may encounter along the way.

Kal Marks makes music that expresses a generation’s frustration with its present, in which forthright lyrics and bustling melodies combine to form a resounding call to action for a not-so-messed-up future. ”

KAL MARKS
Life Is Alright, Everybody Dies
Midnight Werewolf + Exploding In Sound Records

February 19, 2016

1. Life Is Alright
2. Mankind
3. Sweet Lou
4. Dorothy
5. Loneliness Only Lasts Forever
6. It’s So Hard to Know How to Say Goodbye
7. Everybody Dies
8. Heavy Hands
9. Coffee
10. Grass Is Green, But Sometimes Its Brown

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