Marriages

Hear darkwave oracle Drab Majesty's newest divination Careless at LA Psych Fest

The androgynous alter ego of Andrew Clinco (Marriages, Black Mare), Deb DeMure, is not drag — bluntly put, it's a genderfuck medium that channels a windfall of ideas. The occult scholar sees DeMure's physical manifestation as an oracle for Drab Majesty, a growing collection of self-produced music bearing marks of late '80s dreampop, new wave, and post-punk. The project's newest album Careless envelops listeners with modulating guitars, grand cathedral reverb, and effected baritone vocals that hearken back to acts like Asylum Party, Xymox, Cocteau Twins — gothically elaborate, it coalesces the masculine and feminine, the Abrahamic and the arcane. And DeMure takes no credit for the songs' conception.

Says Clinco in a Noisey interview: "We’re just vessels channeling these ideas and making sense of them."

Drab Majesty performs at the LA Psych Fest on September 20th with JJUUJJUU, Earthless, Litronix, and more. Listen to "Everything Is Sentimental" off the newest album Careless, with a second vinyl pressing on Dais Records early October. - Ryan Mo

   

Sargent House Takes Over the Echo/plex May 23 & 24

Echo Park based label Sargent House is set to take over the Echo and Echoplex this Thursday and Friday. Japanese post-noise trio, Boris, will be headlining both nights at the Echoplex playing a wide array of classics and never before heard tunes. San Francisco-based black metal quintet, Deafheaven, will be joining them both nights at the Echoplex, with Marriages opening the show on Thursday and Ides of Gemini on Friday night. Some hardcore math rock will be taking over the Echo on Thursday night with NorCal band, Tera Melos headlining, and Oxford based This Town Needs Guns lending support. Marriages, formerly Red Sparowes, are the newest band to join the family, and are based here in Los Angeles. Having recently released their debut EP, Kitsune, they have announced a national tour in support of Deafheaven this summer. Alluringly sensual dramatic rock with shades of doom and psych, the 6 song EP is streaming below from their bandcamp. - Jacqueline Caruso

DEAFHEAVEN & MARRIAGES Tour Dates:
Jun 19, 2013 - Tempe, AZ @ Yucca Tap Room
Jun 21, 2013 - Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
Jun 22, 2013 - Austin, TX  @ Red 7
Jun 23, 2013 - Houston, TX @ Mango’s
Jun 25, 2013 - Orlando, FL @ Will’s Pub
Jun 26, 2013 - Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
Jun 26, 2013 - North Birmingham, AL @ The Forge
Jun 27, 2013 - Charlotte, NC @ The Milestone Club
Jun 29, 2013 - Raleigh, NC @ Kings Barcade
Jun 30, 2013 - Washington, DC @ Rock N Roll Hotel
Jul 1, 2013 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Barbary
Jul 2, 2013 - Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus Bar
Jul 3, 2013 - Cambridge, MA @ T.T. The Bear’s Place
Jul 5, 2013 - Cleveland Heights, OH@ Grog Shop
Jul 6, 2013 - Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
Jul 7, 2013 - Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick Lounge
Jul 8, 2013 - Kansas City, MO @ The Record Bar
Jul 9, 2013 - Denver, CO @ The Marquis Theater
Jul 10, 2013 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
Jul 11, 2013 - Seattle, WA  @ El Corazon
Jul 13, 2013 - Portland, OR @ Bunker Bar
Jul 15, 2013 - San Francisco, CA @ The Bottom of the Hill

 

   

Marriages: casting the red sun in a grey fog of mist

The Red Sparowes have always been, strictly speaking, an instrumental rock act. It’s not that they had anything to say, as the song titles themselves read like abstract, evocative story fragments. So for those who’ve always been curious know what they’d sound like with the addition of vocals, it looks like the equally experimental-leaning act Marriages have finally answered that question. Comprised of three members of the aforementioned, this “side” project feels more like a shortly-timed departure with a keepsake to hold on to until the fateful reunion - there’s still an emphasis on employing a dark, echoing sound that’s just shrouded in mystery, but Marriages like to get to the point more quickly instead of embarking on interminable jams. In the track “Ten Tiny Fingers”, Emma Ruth Rundler’s soft-toned, slithering vocals project over a smokescreen of hazy, tremulous guitars and crisp, pounding drum work. The band still takes their time to envelop the listener with a warm and dreadful chill, but there’s always the sense that you’re close to reaching the light at the end of the tunnel. Marriages’ six track long debut release, entitled Kitsune, will finally be unveiled in its entirety on May 1st.