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Marriages, Salome (Sargent House)
CD Reviews: April 23, 2015

04/23/15



Marriages, Salome (Sargent House)

Los Angeles-based Marriages are made of the remnants of Red Sparowes, about whom I don’t know a lot and don’t really care, now that the core of the band has congregated here to make a valiant effort at making some interesting post-punk.  Bandleader Emma Ruth Rundle and her Siouxsie-on-caffeine voice exude enough goth to keep the black-laundry patrol happy, and in the main her from-the-misty-mountaintop guitar sound is pure Cure, but instead of the expected half-there bass, her Sparowes cohort Greg Burns cranks the mud knob, making this stuff a unique hybrid, like hearing Melvins chasing Depeche Mode around with a katana in slow-mo. These guys are ready to break semi-big, but they’re going about that in possibly not the smartest fashion — they’ve opened for Deafheaven, of all people (which explains all the gloomy, rain-washed guitar flourishes and bony exposition), as well as Russian Circles, so the first splashes may just jolly come from the metal blogs, not that I’d be inclined to classify them as such. Brooding and shoegazey, for the most part; I’d put them on a  Zola Jesus tour in a perfect world. A Eric W. Saeger





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