Friday, September 13, 2013

Stream Kal Marks new Album "Life is Murder" Via Stereogum-

Kal Marks Stream "Life is Murder" via Stereogum + Tour Dates
KAL MARKS Streaming New LP Now via Stereogum. Tour Starts Next Week!
 
Boston, MA trio Kal Marks are getting ready to release their sophomore full length, Life Is Murder, this coming Tuesday, September 17th through Sophomore Lounge, Midnight Werewolf, and Exploding In Sound Records. The entire record is now available for streaming via StereogumLife is Murder marks a change for the band thanks to an exceptional solidified line-up of musicians as well as the band’s first album recorded in a professional studio. The results are stunning. An extremely personal record, Carl Shane (vocals/guitars) says the name Life is Murder is “roughly about dealing with depression and the struggle of keeping a band and my life together”.
 
The band will be heading out on a US tour kicking off Thursday, September 19th, including a stop at Louisville, Kentucky's Cropped Out Festival. Find dates below.

Kal Marks sound is unique, mixing brilliant songwriting with spacious and patient guitars and heavy rhythms. Slow builds lead to chaotic finales. Warm folk rock influences collide with sludgy beauty and post-rock tension. Kal Marks influences encompass a wide range of rock music, from Harvey Milk, KARP, and Modest Mouse, to Neil Young, Brian Eno, and John Fahey. The heavy sounds of Black Sabbath and Shellac, to the explorative music of Nick Drake and Mount Eerie.

Fixtures of Boston’s fertile music scene, Kal Marks are one of the city’s hardest working bands. Originally a solo project of Carl Shane, Kal Marks began in 2007 with Shane recording to a 4-track in his sisters’ bathroom in New Hampshire. Soon after he moved to Boston and by 2009, the line-up had expanded to become a full band, embraced by the rabid basement scene due to consistently entrancing shows. The band self-released their debut Goodbye Horses in March 2011 and followed with the incredible Piss of the Century EP in July 2012. Kal Marks’ line-up shifted throughout the years until Mike Geacone (bass) and Nick Egersheim (drums) joined the band in early 2013.

The guys wasted no time getting to work, heading to Galaxy Park Studios in Watertown, MA to record Life is Murder, produced, mixed, and mastered by Richard Marr (Pile, Fax Holiday). What they came out of the studio with was nothing short of a masterpiece. Dark and ominous, the record is filled with sludgy guitars, enormous locking rhythms, and Carl’s vocals and introspective lyrics. The first single and title track, “Life is Murder” features guest vocals from Krill’s Jonah Furman, combining two of Boston’s most eccentric voices together with triumphant results.

"[Kal] Marks' [Carl Shane] is sneering earnestly, singing his personal tales the only way he knows how, and not questioning it for a minute." - Consequence of Sound

"...eventually building into a massive rallying cry for anyone who’s ever felt a little too close to the void" - Stereogum
 
Kal Marks "Life is Murder" Tour Dates:
 
09/19 Bard College @ Root Cellar w/ Lives of the Obscure
09/20 Baltimore @ Club K w/ Two Inch Astronaut & Hive Bent
09/21 Harrisonburg VA @ Crayola House w/ Skimask, Malatese & (New England) Patriots
09/22 Richmond VA @ BOYZHOUSE w/ Starfish Prime & Lil Huffy
09/23 Greensboro NC @ TYP HAUS w/ Dumpster & Electric Nature
09/24 Asheville NC @ Apothecary w/ Doomster & Onj
09/25 Murfreesboro @ Rack City w/ Boyfriend & Subnovas
09/26 Nashville, TN @ Stone Fox Tavern w/ TWIN PEAKS, Music Band, Faux Ferocious
09/27-28 Louisville KY @ Cropped Out Festival
09/29 St. Louis, MO @ CBGB
09/30 Chicago @ Wally world w/ Tom Blacklung and more TBA
10/01 Iowa City @ Trumpet Blossom Cafe w/ Blues Control, Alex Body, Bleeds
10/02 Minneapolis @ Pine Cone Castle w/ Sonic J, Grow Fangs, Babe Quest
10/03 Milwaukee @ Quarters w/ Appleseeds & Heartthrob
10/04 Chicago @ Observatory w/ Geronimo! The New Diet, Meat Wave, My Dad
10/05 Kalamazoo MI @ Milhouse w/ Old Man Mason & Terror... Terror... Oh My!
10/06 Columbus OH @ Treebar w/ Graves, Churchcamp
10/07 Pittsburgh @ TBA
10/08 Philadelphia @ Connie's Ric Rac
10/09 New Brunswick @ Cooler Ranch w/ Knights Templar, Sink Tapes, Harmoos
10/10 Brooklyn, NY @ Shea Stadium w/ LVL UP, Palehound, Frankie Cosmos
10/11 Purchase, NY @ The Stood w/ Poverty Hallow
10/12 Cambridge MA @ The Elks Lodge w/ Pile, Tom Blacklung & The Smokestacks, Krill, Sneeze
10/17 Brooklyn, NY @ Cameo Gallery (Brixton Agency CMJ Showcase)
10/19 Brooklyn, NY @ Silent Barn (Exploding In Sound "Unofficial" CMJ Showcase)

Kal Marks is:
Carl Shane (guitars, vocals)
Mike Geacone (bass)
Nick Egersheim (drums)

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