All photos of Marriages above by Lukas Hodge for Invisible Oranges - see full story here
Emma Ruth Rundle release free Cover song of “All My Tears”
"This song was written by Julie Miller but performed by Emmylou Harris on her album "Wrecking Ball," which is one of my favorite records.
I covered this song in my room using the computer mic and some reverb..
The guitar used is a 1963 Martin tenor in some open tuning. one live take aside from vocal harmonies it was then mastered by Chris Common. ” ERR
Stream or Download at emmaruthrundlebandcamp.com
I had been wanting to post this concert review of Marriages since I saw the show back in July, but between the website re-boot and then fixing the massive amount of broken links and preview pictures it kind of got put on the back burner. Now with things on the site looking all fancy and functioning properly I felt that it was finally time to get my feelings out there about the live performance that Sargent House’s Marriages brings to the stage.
I have been a huge fan of Marriages since they released Kitsune back in May of 2012. I was also really into Red Sparowes when they were still around. In case you don’t know, Marriages is basically RS, but a more streamlined version with the added bonus of Emma Ruth Rundle providing original and intriguing vocals to the post-rock, spacey vibe. Marriages immediately began touring after the Kitsune’s release and I patiently waited for them to arrive in Salt Lake City, but as is the case with most small tours and Utah, Marriages kept skipping over SLC.
I was super stoked to learn that Marraiges had booked a date in July at Kilby Court, especially after I found out that Chris Common (These Arms Are Snakes) was filling in for Andrew Clinco on drums. I had seen Common drum live a couple of times with TAAS and he was an absolute beast. Needless to say, Marriages did not disappoint. In fact, I would say they more than impressed me with their live show. They played Kitsune from start to finish with passion and precision, while also adding in extended intros, outros and flourishes that made listening to these songs live a totally unique experience. Rundle was captivating and enigmatic, Greg Burns was solid as usual (I’ve seen Burns play live a few times as well with Red Sparrows and I’m always amazed at how solid and full his bass playing is. His use of chords is exceptional.) and Common beat the shit out of the drums as expected.
However, the real treat of the night was getting a preview of the new material that Marriages had been working on. After they finished up with the all six sections of Kitsune the band graced the audience with a couple of new songs. The two new songs the band played showed some serious growth in their sound and showcased more prominent melodies and vocals from Rundle, as well as some really killer guitar hooks and song structures.
Over the past two months I had almost forgotten just how awesome Marriages were live until I re-watched all the video clips that Isaac took at the show. Marriages are something special on record and definitely even more magical live. If you get the chance I highly recommend catching them in concert. I promise they will not disappoint and it will make you appreciate their music even more. I can’t wait for new material from the band. http://marriagesband.com/
Also, it seems that someone stole all of Marriages gear and flooded their apartment! (Bastards). So if you love them as much as I do you can help them re-coup some costs from the incident here.
If volume is your only musical qualifier, then there is probably only one band on your best of 2013 list. San Francisco metal band Deafheaven dropped Sunbather last month, a seven track sonic masterpiece that relentlessly pulls at your heartstrings and threatens hearing damage for 60 minutes. The album’s opener “Dream House” has been universally declared one of the year’s best, as it expertly mixes black metal shape with post rock size and shoegaze atmosphere. The rest of the album continues in suit, taking you on an emotional roller coaster of brilliant architecture. But there’s always the question of “Can they pull it all off live?”, and with the size and undertaking of Sunbather, it wasn’t an unfair one to ask. But rest assured, Deafheaven’s live show only serves to further exercise the massive, beautiful power this band has created, and it now comes pretty damned close to the top of my list for best show of the year. With LA experimental rock group Marriages to open, Deafheaven gave us a night of blood, sweat and wonder to remember for weeks to come.
Marriages were a great pick for tourmates on this leg of Deafheaven’s support for Sunbather. The group, featuring Emma Ruth Rundle and Greg Burns of Red Sparowes, has been around for a couple of years now. Through their ties to other great offerings of LA post rock and experimental rock, the band has some solid songwriting chops and is steadily building live potential. Marriages’ set pulled a lot from their 2012 record, Kitsune, balancing heavy atmosphere and dark landscape with great interplay between guitar, bass, and vocals. In particular, the Kitsune closer “Part The Dark Again” kicked ass and had much of the crowd enthralled, regardless of their prior knowledge of the group.
Brooklyn Vegan: Marriages - Brooklyn, NY at 285 Kent on July 4, 2013
….Marriages brought a much-needed respite and serenity to the evening with their style of post-metal. Musically, they’re more akin to the sounds of doom and gloom metal with a sense of dirge in their approach. Playing a few songs off their Kitsune, vocalist/guitarist Emma Ruth Rundle was able to create a dark balance between her vocal delivery and the music it laid upon. Listening to Marriages live, you can’t but help but become enthralled by the music as if the proverbial sirens of the high seas had caught you in their snare, swaying to and fro in the waves of sound. Given that the place was starting to get full and the humidity was unbearable, Marriages’ set felt like being in that watery grave that you didn’t mind being drowned in. I’m pretty sure quite a few people from the crowd walked away new fans.
Phoenix New Times: Show Review - Tempe, AZ - 6/19/13
..Deafheaven’s tourmates, Marriages, also did similar things with eschewing genre tropes that I enjoyed. Upon first hearing the layers of reverb coming out of their amps, I was expecting a terrible “nu-gaze” band completely ripping off My Bloody Valentine or Ride or something similar.
I was surprised when they proved to be a band with a lot of urgency, with a singer who sang with emotion rather than sounding like she was on benzos, along with a lot of really cool jam parts (this band features two members of Red Sparowes, a super jammy instrumental band, so it makes a lot of sense for this to be the case.)
I got some major shoegaze and ’90s alt vibes from Marriages, with parts reminding me of bands like Hum, Sebadoh, Mazzy Star, and even Smashing Pumpkins, but more so in spirit than feeling like anything was stolen. It was more like watching a very experimental and modern take on that kind of stuff, and it makes me look forward to whatever direction Marriages will take with their sound.
This week’s guest is musician/professional doodler, Emma Ruth Rundle.
I first met Emma in May of 2010 when her, and her fellow Red Sparowes band mates, played the Blue Lamp in Sacramento. Then we spent a few hours together in LA the summer of 2011. You can hear our chat about her role in the making of The Nocturnes’ beautiful album, Aokigahara and her band Marriages. We’ve kept in touch over the years, and this latest conversation got pretty serious but worthwhile time spent.
Marriages announce US Tour dates with Deafheaven
Marriages will be heading out with Deafheaven as support on their US Tour in June. They will be playing some new material from their forthcoming full length album they are recording later this year for Sargent House. Joining them as drummer for this run will be Chris Common from These Arms Are Snakes.
SEE ALL MARRIAGES SHOW DETAILS HERE
BORIS & DEAFHEAVEN & MARRIAGES
May 23 - Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex
DEAFHEAVEN & MARRIAGES
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 27, 2013 - North Birmingham, AL @ The Forge
Jun 28, 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 - SOLD OUT
Jul 3, 2013 - Cambridge, MA @ T.T. The Bear’s Place
Jul 4, 2013 - Brooklyn, NY @ 285 Kent Avenue (2nd NY show added)
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 12, 2013 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Jul 13, 2013 - Portland, OR @ Bunker Bar
Jul 15, 2013 - San Francisco, CA @ The Bottom of the Hill