Born out of a grungy drum rug, Marriage willed its way into existence. In a room with a lot of sweat and garbage, a random assortment of instruments which includes a closet rod mounted on two cymbal stands, a bunch of drums, an out of tune guitar, a bass rhodes, two basses and whole lot of speakers, with the attitude of "I bet you can't make a recorder sound good" "Fuck you watch me do it" surviving on a diet of beef jerky, doritos, coffee, beer, fizzy water, pizza and tacos Marriage somehow has created Pool Blunt. A daunting document, one that might sound fully improvised, but the beast has learned these songs note for note. In a live setting it could abandon these notes at will because it serves a higher function, which is to explore the unformed sound in its five heads. Not afraid to just trust that even if you make a mistake it could be the right note for that given point in time. Pool Blunt is the second record following For Brötzmann. Neither are tributes to the jazz greats that the record titles reference, but a nod to them in respect. What? You never heard of Herman Pool Blunt?
First recorded output since the sold out LP For Brotzman (MF056). This tape is on a dub trip to Jah Jah land with two side-long improvisations recorded sans overdubs. This one should hold you over until their second LP arrives early next year.
***MARRIAGE is NATE CROSS (bass, keyboards, percussion), ALEX LAROCHE (vocals, keyboards, percussion), MIKE KANIN (drums), JEFF PIWONKA (bass, percussion), and GREG PIWONKA (guitar, vocals, percussion). Mike grew up in D.C. and played with Dischord's BLACK EYES, among other extinct bands. Nate recently joined SAME SAC with King Coffey from the Butthole Surfers and Craig Clouse formerly of Hammerhead. Nate and Craig also play together in SHIT AND SHINE. Mike moved to Austin, Texas, in late 2009. He began playing with Jeff, Greg, and Nate shortly thereafter. Finding their first project, FLOWERS, missing an Alex, Jeff, Greg, Nate, and Mike recruited Alex to join them. They named the new band Marriage. This release is the band’s debut LP. It was recorded and mixed over a weekend in late November 2012 by Chico Jones at his Ohm Studios in Austin. Though Black Eyes fans will no doubt see familiarity in the extended list of percussionists included in Marriage's line-up, the resulting music is not the same. Indeed, Marriage's influences tend more toward the drawn-out kraut-rock pull of such artists as Can and Neu!, as well as the more modern interpretations of it exhibited by Boredoms. Live, the members of Marriage extend this concept into their performance by playing one song in to the next. Marriage has also released a tape, a limited (to 35)...