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Emma Ruth Rundle - Guitar, Vocals

Andrew Clinco - Drums

Greg Burns - Bass, Keys

M A R R I A G E S

Management - Sargent House
Cathy Pellow - Manager 
Andrea Calderon - Day to Day 

Label - Sargent House 
Marc Jetton - Label 
Michael Roe - Europe

North American Booking - The Agency Group
Josh Kline - Agent

European Booking - Pitch & Smith
Stefan Juhlin - Agent 
Simon Tagestam - Assistant

North American Press 
Stephanie Marlow - Publicist

UK Press 
Rachel Silver - Publicist

College/Specialty Radio 
Pirate Promotions 

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BIO

The first thing one notices about the full-length debut album by Marriages, Salome, is its sense of space. Like pulling open a dark window shade mid-flight, we're abruptly presented with a crystalline brightness setting the tone from the outset, signifying an evolution from the somewhat insular buzz of 2012 debut EP, Kitsune. The second thing is that, unlike the stream-of-consciousness approach which found each track on Kitsune nebulously flowing into the next, Salome is comprised of concise songs, each one a light that flickers into existence, burns with magnificent intensity, and then expires.
 
The Los Angeles-based trio first began in 2011 as a collaborative effort between former Red Sparowes members Emma Ruth Rundle (guitar, vocals) and Greg Burns (bass, keyboards). Showcasing Rundle's exceptional playing more vividly than the dense architecture of the Sparowes could allow, Marriages' departure from purely instrumental rock, too, helped bring her to the forefront, revealing a voice equally fragile and ferocious. Enlisting Sparowes drummer Dave Clifford, they recorded Kitsune, released on Sargent House in 2012. Subsequent touring with Russian Circles, Deafheaven and others honed their vision while introducing the band to a broad cross-section of heavy music fans. Full time drummer Andrew Clinco completed the equation in late 2012, the final component in Marriages' frequently epic postpunk-by-way-of-stoner-rock sound. While the group busied themselves writing the songs that would become Salome, Rundle issued solo album Some Heavy Ocean in early 2014, earning praise from the likes of Pitchfork, NPR, etc. Promoting that record found her touring the US as direct support to King Buzzo of the Melvins, immediately after which Marriages set out on tour once more, this time with the legendary Boris.
 
Back in Los Angeles, Marriages spent the end of 2014 completing Salome, a timeless 9-song monolith of a debut LP. Propulsive, frequently iridescent, the compositions on Salomeare confident and evocative, the sound of a band focusing their strengths to great effect. Nowhere is this focus more evident than on opening track, “The Liar”. Frontwoman Rundle wastes no time settling into a haunting earworm of a riff, before unleashing a moody tangle of slides and reverb. Her breathy voice, veiled in subtle effects, elicits irresistible curiosity; though it may not always be clear what she's saying, there's undeniably something to the way she's saying it. Bubbling just under the surface is the overdriven bass of fellow Sparowes alum Greg Burns, who conjures a menacing rumble from his instrument in glorious contrast to the glassy needles of Rundle's wailing guitar. New addition Clinco, whose formidable presence appears largely responsible for the kinetic reconfiguration of the band's sound, functions as both an anchor and a jostling wave, holding it all together with precision while he rattles his cage. Second track, “Skin”, is perhaps even more infectious, to the point where becoming engulfed in the emotional tide of the song is simply unavoidable. Its indelible chorus is one of the album's most iconic passages. Here, especially, Marriages wear their influences on their sleeves, a convincing amalgamation of mid-eighties postpunk (Cocteau Twins, The Cure, etc.) and what ought to be called poststonermetal. Their shoegaze aesthetic combined with Rundle’s crushing riffs make Marriages unique among their contemporaries. The tumbling urgency of “Southern Eye” could fit comfortably on Echo and the Bunnymen's Heaven Up Here yet somehow sits squarely within the realm of Sargent House labelmates Russian Circles. Elsewhere, Marriages toy with a pop approach before invariably releasing a torrent of cascading noise, though never enough to bury the hook they've so cleverly constructed. Title track “Salome” is the album’s centerpiece. An ominous, otherworldly swell of emotional waxing and waning, it finds Rundle at her most vulnerable, strokes of Kate Bush and Sinead O’Connor writ large over a canvas of brooding, fuzz-pedal density. Comparatively subdued, though by no means anemic, “Contender” closes the album on a tentative note, its unresolved final chord a sobering wake-up suddenly casting doubt on the probability of the previous 43 minutes.
 
Throwing open the curtains on not only their sound but on their songwriting as well, Rundle, Burns, and now Clinco seem perfectly at ease scaling anthemic peaks and heartbreaking valleys, often in a single composition. Salome finds Marriages fully embracing their skill at crafting timeless songs with chillingly epic results. In January 2015 they'll embark on a co-headlining tour with Helms Alee, with the album release to follow on Sargent House on April 7th, 2015

Salome (2015)

Kitsune (EP) 2013

MARRIAGES TOUR DATES

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Marriages Live Show Review 

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Like the bands before them, Marriages delivered a heavy, hearty, loud set. Unlike the bands before them, I could actually hear everything that Marriages had to offer—from the reverberating bass lines to the deep, tom-tom heavy drum grooves, to the high screams of the guitar and vocals. Everything fit together perfectly, and when the group started to mess around with their tempo mid song, I was amazed that everyone kept together so well. The drummer, especially, was on top of the transitions, and added a number of impressive fills right where they needed to be. Each song boasted a diverse array of sections, and catchy kicks between each section kept the crowd hungry for more and more. Even though their set was over an hour, I couldn’t help but want more too at the end.

I had heard to expect a killer live performance from Marriages, and that’s exactly what I got. When they come back, I’ll certainly be there, and since I overheard the lead talking about how much she liked playing at Kilby, I expect Salt Lake will not have to wait long before seeing this Los Angeles trio again. Stay tuned, and check out their 2015 release Salome on their website!

Marriages Debut Live Audiotree Session // July 22, 2015  

Marriages will be making their Audiotree session debut tomorrow, Wednesday July 22. You can watch it live here online at 12pm CST.

After the session they will continue on their Summer 2015 headline tour w/ creepoid. Don't miss out!

for all show//ticket details click HERE.

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MARRIAGES SUMMER TOUR
July 21 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall *
July 22 Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig *
July 23 Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose *
July 24 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg * w/ Geoff Rickley
July 25 Philadelphia, PA @ Ortlieb’s Lounge
July 26 Hamden, CT @ The Space *
July 27 Washington, DC @ DC9 *
July 28 Boston, MA @ Great Scott *
July 29 Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery *
July 30 Raleigh, NC @ Kings *
July 31 Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn *
August 1 New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks *
August 3 Memphis, TN @ 1884 Lounge
August 4 Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon *
August 5 Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s Downstairs *
August 6 Austin, TX @ Red 7 *
August 7 Dallas, TX @ The Foundry *
August 8 Oklahoma City, OK @ 89th St. Collective *
August 9 Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad *
August 10 Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress *
August 11 Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge *
August 12 San Diego, CA @ Casbah *
August 13 Los Angeles, CA @ Los Globos Downstairs *
w/Creepoid *

Emma Ruth Rundle to join Alcest on North American Tour 

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Emma Ruth Rundle will be joining Alcest on their newly announced North American Tour this Fall (via Brooklyn Vegan).

For all ERR show/ticket details click HERE.

Alcest / Emma Ruth Rundle -- 2015 Tour Dates
September 21 Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall
September 22 New York, NY Highline Ballroom
September 23 Montreal, QC L'Alize
September 24 Ottawa, ON Mavericks
September 25 Toronto, ON Hard Luck Bar
September 26 Chicago, IL Subterranean
September 28 Denver, CO Bluebird Theater
September 30 Boise, ID Neurolux
October 1 Vancouver, BC Venue
October 2 Seattle, WA Crocodile
October 3 Portland, OR Dante's
October 6 San Francisco, CA Slim's
October 7 Los Angeles, CA The Regent
October 8 Mesa, AZ Club Red
October 9 Albuquerque, NM Launchpad
October 10 Dallas, TX Sons Of Hermann Hall
October 11 Austin, TX Red 7
October 13 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
October 14 Tampa, FL The Orpheum
October 15 Raleigh, NC King's Barcade
October 16 Baltimore, MD Metro Gallery
October 17 Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brenda's

Note: ERR will not be on the Mexico date

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Emma is also currently on tour with Marriages on their Headlining US Summer 2015 tour w/creepoid joining them on most of the dates.

For all Marriages show//ticket details click HERE.

Marriages' "Salome" Included in Time Out London's 25 Best Albums of 2015 So Far 

Marriages debut LP “Salome” has been included in Time Out London’s ‘The 25 Best Albums of 2015 So Far’ alongside other incredible artists like Blur, Sleater Kinney, Bjork, and many more.

To read the full article click HERE.

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MARRIAGES ON TOUR: Don’t miss Marriages on their upcoming US headlining summer tour where creepoid will join them in Denver for the remaining US dates. In August, they will be heading to the UK to play ArcTanGent in Bristol with Sargent House family deafheaven, Emma Ruth Rundle, Helms Alee, + Mylets and finally London with deafheaven at The Scala.

For all show/ticket details click HERE

Marriages Announce US Headlining Summer 2015 Tour w/ Creepoid 

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Marriages have announced their first extensive tour in the U.S. this summer in support of their latest album, Salome (Sargent House). Joining them at the Denver stop for the majority of the tour will be Philadelphia’s Creepoid, who are also on the road in support of their soon to be released album, Cemetery Highrise Slum (June 23, Collect Records).  Check out all of Marriages’ tour dates, spanning July 11th through August 12th in the United States, then in the UK for ArcTangent Festival in Bristol and London with Deafheaven in late August, below. For all show/ticket details click HERE.

MARRIAGES TOUR DATES

July 11 San Francisco, CA @ Portero del Sol Park
July 13 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir
July 14 Seattle, WA @ Barboza
July 15 Boise, ID @ Neurolux *
July 16 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
July 17 Denver, CO @ Lost Lake *
July 18 Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre *
July 19 Fargo, ND @ Aquarium *
July 20 Minneapolis, MN @ Nether Bar *
July 21 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall *
July 22 Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig *
July 23 Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose *
July 24 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg *
July 25 Philadelphia, PA @ Ortlieb’s Lounge
July 26 Hamden, CT @ The Space *
July 27 Washington, DC @ DC9 *
July 28 Boston, MA @ Great Scott *
July 29 Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery *
July 30 Raleigh, NC @ Kings *
July 31 Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn *
August 1 New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks *
August 5 Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s Downstairs *
August 6 Austin, TX @ Red 7 *
August 7 Dallas, TX @ The Foundry *
August 8 Oklahoma City, OK @ 89th St. Collective *
August 9 Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad *
August 10 Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress *
August 11 Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge *
August 12 San Diego, CA @ Casbah *
August 13 Los Angeles, CA @ Los Globos Downstairs *
August 22 Bristol UK @ Arctangent Festival
August 24 London, UK @ Scala ^

* w/ Creepoid
^ w/ Deafheaven

Marriages recently returned from their first ever tour in Europe this past spring, where they received rave reviews from performances at Roadburn Festival as well as the following three weeks as support to Wovenhand.  These shows followed the April 7th release of Salome, Marriages’ timeless 9-song monolith of a debut LP that was hailed as “immediate, but also timeless” by Stereogum.   Propulsive, frequently iridescent, the compositions on Salome are confident and evocative, the sound of a band focusing their strengths to great effect. Throwing open the curtains on not only their sound but on their songwriting as well, members Emma Ruth Rundle, Greg Burns, and Andrew Clinco seem perfectly at ease scaling anthemic peaks and heartbreaking valleys, often in a single composition. Salome finds Marriages fully embracing their skill at crafting timeless songs with chillingly epic results.

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WXPN Folkadelphia: Emma Ruth Rundle Solo Acoustic Session 

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On Emma Ruth Rundle‘s latest solo outing Some Heavy Ocean, she reconciles in a bold and beautiful manner her diverse musical styles and interests honed over the years while performing in groups like Marriages, Red Sparowes, and the Nocturnes. Her voice is truly the centerpiece of the album – strong, defiant, and upfront. Rundle is cast as the beacon of light in a soundscape that exists as dense fog-like endlessness. It’s a sound as attractive and with the destructive potential of a black hole. Space, outer, inner, or otherwise, plays an important role here too. The songwriter has a deep understanding of dynamics. There’s drama, there’s build, there’s tension and release. On this heavy ocean, the waves ebb and flow to create emotional peaks and valleys. All the while, Rundle gives us her monochromatic all, an infinite variety of diversity in between the black of the void and the purest white light.

While she performs alone, adorned with just voice and electric guitar, for our Folkadelphia Session, she is no less subdued. Listen to Emma Ruth Rundle’s in-studio session now.

 

 

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Emma Ruth Rundle's "Some Heavy Ocean" Celebrates One Year Anniversary 

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Happy One Year Anniversary to Emma Ruth Rundle’s beautiful solo record “Some Heavy Ocean”. To celebrate, Sargent House has made it $5 through the holiday weekend HERE.

 “Arms I Know So Well” music video, directed by Thomas McMahan

Greg Burns Interview with Arctic Drones  


Hailing from Los Angeles, California, Marriages is the product of Greg Burns and Emma Ruth Rundle from the post-rock band Red Sparowes. In 2012 they released their debut EP Kitsune gathering a lot of deserved attention, before recruiting Andrew Clinco on drums and hiding for three years to work on their debut full-length album. This spring they came back to us with “Salome”, an exceptional record that explores new territories of their creativity, and more experimentation with the vocals and rhythms. We got in touch with Greg Burns to chat about the new record, their life on the road and their plans for the future. 



 


First I’d like to congratulate you on your new album “Salome”. Going through it I see a lot of changes from the previous record. The tones seem less heavy and the vocals seem more dominant and confident. Can you tell us a bit about the composing journey for this record and how  the addition of Andrew Clinco before this record affected it? 

Thank you, I appreciate that.  The writing of Salome was very different from Kitsune.  Kitsune was very much a stream of consciousness; meant to be one cohesive piece of music that evolved over time.  It was important to us that the songs on Salome could each stand on their own as independent pieces, so we spent quite a bit of time crafting each song to be unique.  We also really worked to define our identity as a band while writing Salome, and I feel that the album represents a larger musical scope and landscape as a result.

Having Andrew Clinco join the band had a definite impact, not only for the drums on the record, but the overall songwriting and aesthetic.  Andrew is a strong musician and guitar player, so he had an equal voice in the crafting of the record.  Additionally, his style of drumming is unique and very musical – I think it helped steer the band in a more interesting direction rhythmically.

What was the recording experience for Salome like? Were there any special moments during it you can recall?

Pretty rough, honestly.  There were a number of challenges, both as a band dynamically and throughout the recording process itself.  For a while, I think we all felt like the record may never happen – we were done with the record about a year before we actually finished recording it.

Personally, the most satisfying moment was actually after the record was recorded, when we toured Europe with Wovenhand.  The tour started when the album was released on April 7th.  Having it come out, and to play the songs to people who knew the record was incredibly satisfying.  Also, it allowed us to really put the challenges of the record behind us and reconnect around the live experience, which has been really invigorating.

The story of Salome seems to be contributing to a lot more than the album’s title. Many of the tracks’ lyrics and the artwork seem to be affected by this character. What does Salome represent to you and how did it affect your creativity during the composing process? 

This is a question better answered by Emma, but I can tell you that the character Salome and her story, more specifically the violence and eroticism, resonated with Emma and some personal events in her life.  We worked together to create an aesthetic in the artwork that would match that of the lyrics and general theme, but this was not overt, rather a subtle influence in the music and artwork.

I heard that Fred Sablan contributed some of the guitar lines on the album. How was the experience of working with him, and are there any specific musicians you wish to collaborate with in the future?

Fred is a great friend of ours; we were really excited to have him play on the record.  It was impressive; he came in one day and within several hours had tracked guitar parts on several songs that we were all thrilled with.  We didn’t give him any direction at all, we just looped the tracks and he went for it.  I think it worked great, and I’d love to have him play on future records.

As far as other musicians, the list is huge. It’s important that collaborators are people we know personally.  Without thinking too hard; anyone in Master Musicians of Bukkake, the guys from Isis, the huge circle of Sargent House friends (Deafheaven, Tera Melos, Mylets, Russian Circles, etc., etc.).  Honestly, I could go on and on.  I’m sure we’ll get together a good group of guests for the next one!

Gregory Burns: “We really worked to define our identity as a band while writing Salome, and I feel that the album represents a larger musical scope and landscape as a result.” Photo by Nick Fancher
 

 

Emma and Greg have been playing together a long time ago in Red Sparowes before starting Marriages. How did the idea to start a new project grow? And did the fact that the two of you played together before affect your harmony and inspiration in the new project?   

Haha, yeah we put some years in.  Basically Marriages started for two main reasons: because Emma and I started to bond over musical ideas that didn’t fit in Red Sparowes, and we both wanted to tour more than Red Sparowes was able to do at the time.  It made sense that we find an outlet, and that very quickly became Marriages.

Obviously our history playing together impacted Marriages, but in some interesting ways.  It became important to us not to fall back on musical ideas that were too comfortable and similar to Red Sparowes.  We really wanted to challenge ourselves to do something different that could stand on its own.  This continues to be important to us; we don’t want our success to be tied to the fact that we were in Red Sparowes.  In fact, we intentionally excluded references to Red Sparowes from our marketing and PR as much as possible so that we could create our own identity.

Your first record “Kitsune “ seemed in some way more homogeneous with your musical background in Red Sparowes, while “Salome” stands more on its own and offers something away from your comfort zone. How did you manage to explore this new side of your music and was this drift intentional? 

Kitsune was written very quickly, and while we were still in Red Sparowes.  I think it was just a natural part of coming from that band that we were used to writing in a certain way.  Salome was an attempt to evolve from that and, like I said, create a separate and independent musical statement.  It’s not that we don’t love Red Sparowes, but we didn’t want to create another version of the same band, that just didn’t make sense.  I hope that we’ve been successful; obviously we have our personal styles which have informed both bands, but we really try to break out of that context as much as possible, both for the Marriages identity, and to challenge ourselves as musicians.

You have been touring all through Europe this month with Wovenhand, playing in many countries and headlining many sold-out shows and festivals from the UK to Croatia. How is the experience so far and is there a specific city that you wish to visit againin the future? 

Yes, it’s been an incredible experience.  I’m so thankful to Wovenhand and their crew for bringing us along – they’re all such sweet, talented people.

The shows have been great – the Wovenhand audience has been really receptive and supportive.  We played a handful of headline shows without Wovenhand which was great, and really allowed us to see that we have our own audience in Europe as well – which set a precedent for us coming back soon.

Some of my favorites … I mean the entire tour was really amazing.  I love Leipzig, Germany – the city in so energized, and UT Connewitz is one of my favorite all time places to play.  Traveling down the Danube river on our way to Romania was incredible … I’d love to see more of that country.

You have an exciting summer ahead of you especially with the ArcTangent Festival performance. What are your expectations for the festival and which bands are you looking forward to see there?

Yeah, I’m really looking forward to ArcTangent.  There’s a large Sargent House presence there, so it’ll be kind of a reunion, which I’m sure will be a blast.

With any festival, I tend to look forward to the bands that I’m not aware of, or haven’t heard – there are plenty in the line-up.  It’ll be a great opportunity to check out some new music for me.  That said, I’m sure I’ll try to catch the SH bands, as well as Deerhoof and Joan of Arc.

So what does the future hold for you guys? Any new projects or records we may see soon? 

We’re doing a full US tour starting on July 11th.  As you mentioned, we’re going to ArcTangent, and will be playing some additional dates in UK/Europe around then – those are being booked now.  I’m sure plenty of more touring to support Salome is coming in 2016. 

Besides that, we’re working on a Marriages art book; all three of us are visual artists so we’re going to release something that will be a supplement to Salome.

We’re also going to start doing some songwriting for our next record, just playing around with ideas here and there.  Possibly we’ll record a one off for a split with another band soon.  We’re thinking about renting a cabin and getting weird in an effort to kick start writing for the new record.

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Nocturne Magazine Interviews Marriages in Belgrade During Their European Tour With Wovenhand 





Although young in terms of discography, but composed of musicians with long experience, Marriages is a three-piece LA band formed in 2011 as a project between members of Red Sparowes and The Nocturnes. Travelling around Europe to support their debut LP “Salome”, together with the American folk/rock/country band Wovenhand, this charismatic post-rock trio dropped by Belgrade, where they happened to have a breathtaking performance. About the new album’s background story, about ideas, concepts and thoughts that lead them through their work, Nocturne magazine had the pleasure to talk with Emma Ruth Rundle (guitar and vocals), Greg Burns (bass and keyboards) and Andrew Clinco (drums), who were more than pleased to share all of that with us.
 

How does it feel like to be on a tour like this? How do you manage to do it physically and mentally day after day?
Greg: A lot of it depends on the context and the situation. There are a lot of things that will kind of help us maintain. It gets tiring but at the same time it’s super thrilling and exciting to be travelling. We love playing music and I think that keeps us going.
Emma: Greg and I have been touring for a long time together, and this tour has been pretty nice. Wovenhand has taken really good care of us.


Have you managed to see any of the cities you’ve visited, or was it just the van-backstage route? 
Emma: It depends. I often say that it’s the van and the backstage, but on this tour we got to see some stuff. We walked around today... On US tours though, I almost only see the venue and the van... 
Greg: And the drives are pretty short on this tour. It takes us two or three hours to drive, so it gives us time to spend it in the city.
 

Emma, in one of your previous interviews you said that “Salome” is an angry record. Moreover, you stated that it is full of frustration and fury that you portray through your lyrics and vocals. What do you feel while performing those songs live? What is the emotion that the rest of the band carries?
Emma: I think I’ve made myself ill with that record... I mean, I don’t know how you guys feel...
Andrew: The record has been out at a very strange time in all of our lives, and I see it like a reflection of that time. But playing the music for me means like I’ve moved on.
Greg: I think I am with Andrew. The fact that we are here playing these songs, cause it was such a struggle to put a record out, feels that we overcame some pretty big obstacles. And it feels good for me. 
Emma: I feel like every time that we play the songs and the lyrics, we’re reliving them...



Is it actually painful or like a relief to put those words out of you?

Emma: If I feel something while it’s happening, whether it is pain or relief, than I know that the show has been good. If I feel nothing while performing, than it’s not a good show. 


You mentioned that you had a lot of obstacles putting the new record out. Looking from this distance, are you able to see the fruits of all that hard work? What were the reactions regarding the new songs?
Greg: For me personally, I was so tired recording the record. It took two years to make it. And when it came out, it didn’t feel that good. I thought it will be like celebratory of relief and it wasn’t... I think this tour helped us to be able to connect with the audience and play those songs. It feels little more real.
Andrew: I agree. I think through the audience we’ve come to appreciate our songs again. When the record came out, I didn’t want anything to do with listening to it at all. But now, seeing people being so enthusiastic about the material made me kind of reconsider the songs.
Greg: There have been a lot of positive reviews and it seems good. The audience has been really excited and supportive. 

As a Biblical figure, Salome has inspired a great many other works, among which, there's one Wovenhand’s song with the same title... In what way has Salome inspired Marriages?
Emma: I know, that was a strange coincidence with Wovenhand’s song actually... I thought the story of Salome and the character has a lot of charged imagery involved in - there’s a sexual element to it, there’s a violent element to it, there’s a religious element to it. I’m not religious, but I identify with holy experience. And I think she’s a confluence of these sorts of themes and a very strong female figure. It made sense with the song “Salome”, and a lot of those themes are titled through the record.
Andrew: There are other people involved in this story like John the Baptist, as well... 




Having in mind that Red Sparowes’ song titles are extremely long, and that Marriages made them very short, was that some kind of reply to your previous ‘long-titled concept’?

Greg: (laughs) Yeah, with Red Sparowes, because we are an instrumental band, it was our way of telling the story. With Marriages we obviously don’t need to do that. But there were parts of Marriages that were intentionally very different from Red Sparowes, like we really wanted to have as few people as possible in the band. We wanted to be able to tour easily and we wanted our records to really be separate. We tried not to reference Red Sparowes that much. We wanted to create the identity that was just separate with Marriages.


It seems that “Salome” is a more song based album with more traditional structure, in comparison to your first release “Kitsune” in 2012. How has the band evolved over these last three years?
Greg: I think time helped. When Emma and I wrote that EP, we wrote it in a really short manner of time. It was very linear process - we started it at the beginning and we ended it at the end, and that was like roughly 30 minutes of music. With “Salome” there are a lot of things that happened, like most notably Andrew joined the band. He’s a great drummer but also really amazing guitar player and a songwriter, so he had a big influence on us. Our music evolved.
Andrew: There was a Red Sparowes’ element in the beginning...
Greg: It’s true that “Kitsune” is like Red Sparowes’ record and some kind of continuing from that point. I mean, we were so used to play with Red Sparowes... Now I think that we grew up as a band. 




Let’s talk about the cover art of “Salome”. How did you come up with the idea of making it? As far as we know, Greg, it’s your photograph of Emma, combined with her painting skills...
Greg: We were sitting in a bar one night just trying to imagine what would it be. We had a conversation of the context of this woman figure... We talked about her being in water, we talked about her being in a field, than we talked about some poses... It was really out of this brainstorming session that we came up with the big idea. I think a lot of our work is that way, sort of refinement of these ideas over time and ultimately like execution of the bad idea. 

Emma, on the cover art of your solo material “Some Heavy Ocean” you are presented in similar way, with your hair covering your face... Are those similarities some kind of symbols in your work, or is it just a coincidence?
Emma: I’m just shy (laughs). Both are done by Greg. He is a wonderful photographer. The “Some Heavy Ocean” cover was actually done while we were on Marriages’ tour... Greg just had his camera. We took off one day and were just dancing around the sand when he took a bunch of photos from that day. A while later I made a record and some of those photos became the artwork for the record. Those photos weren’t staged, they were very natural. I think we are very good at creating chemistry in whatever we do.
Greg: I think that’s the difference. Photos for Emma’s record were just totally unplanned. We all thought really hard about what “Salome” would look like. I took the pictures, Andrew helped with the lighting, Emma came up with all the make-up… It was very collaborative and it was staged, so it is different. But that’s cool that they look similar, I never thought about if there is similar side of it or not... It wasn’t intentional. 



Speaking of “Some Heavy Ocean”, it’s been almost a year since you released it. Did you expect such good reactions to it?
Emma: I actually had no expectation of that record doing anything, to be honest. I recorded it at Sargent House and I didn’t know if Cathy is going to release it or not. I thought it would be something like an electric guitar record, something that I would do without a band. I think that the record deserved it though, because I really put my heart into it. 
 

You said that you are a shy person. How hard was it for you to do the record of your own?
Emma: I don’t feel shy in the way of releasing artwork. I just don’t like to be looked at, if you know what I mean. I think it’s important for an artist to release his work and take credit for it. I have no problem with that, but I have difficulty being focused on in real life. Being in Marriages has been difficult and I think it has made me grow a lot as a person, having presence on stage and not being afraid. I think I am a lot more confident now than I used to be when we started the band. Back then I was really shy, and in Red Sparowes, I wasn’t doing any guitar solos at the front of the stage… Maybe things are changing. 


How would you compare your experience performing as a solo act on one side, and as a part of bands, on the other? How does your emotion transform within each of these rolls?
Emma: It’s very different. Performing solo allows me more space to make things up as I go, to change the song to suit my emotion. I think it’s impossible to do that in a band. On the other hand, there’s a chemistry that can only happen between people that are playing together.

We suppose it’s Sargent House that put you and Wovenhand together on this tour. How do you feel about David Eugene Edwards and his work?
Emma: I saw Wovenhand play on the “Mosaic” tour, like 8 years ago in L.A.… David was playing by himself and he played a bunch of different string instruments and it was very inspiring. He really moved me when I saw him play. I actually had him sign me the record. (laughs) It’s been a huge honor to be on a tour with them.
Andrew: The entire band embraced us. I am new to Wovenhand, though. I saw David playing with King Dude in L.A. and that was my first experience with him. I spoke with him after the show and he was very kind. It happened so that later Wovenhand signed for the same label that we are on. I started to get into them in the last five or six months and listening to that insane breath of work. I didn’t even know that he was responsible for 16 Horsepower, because that’s the band I definitely knew about before. It’s cool to see a guy with such a body of work, who is a very powerful performer at the same time.
Greg: And very enigmatic and mysterious. I respect him for doing that for so long. 


Maybe you can describe to us how does one day spent together with Wovenhand on this tour look like?
Andrew: We only see them at the venues actually. We interface with couple of players from the band but we mainly do our sound check…
Greg: There’s like a more specific thing that happens, I feel: we show up at the club, and generally, Chuck will come out first and he will like either high-five or hug us, and then will ask questions about how we slept... (laughs) Than Neil will come out shortly after... And then eventually Ordy will walk by and he will do a sort of head nod, maybe a high-five. And then David in sort of passing will shake our hand and will talk for a second... That kind of things happen every time. And then we may or may not have a dinner with them, and after the show, we may or may not have a drink with them, depending on the schedule. 
Andrew: We are coming to the part where we clarify if we got too drunk the night before. (laughs)
Emma: Every morning we wake up like: “Oh, my god, what did we say last night? Did we fuck up with our saying? Are they mad at us?” (laughs) Every morning we are spending hours in the van asking those questions… But we like to drink. Every tour has been that way, there’s no hiding that. 

Nowadays, we have a chance to see many collaboration projects and guests appearing within one label, and with Sargent House, perhaps most recent was the case between Mike Sullivan of Russian Circles and Chelsea Wolfe on her forthcoming record... Tell us, have you thought about any musical collaborations within your label or beyond it, in your near future? Is there someone you would like to invite as a guest musician on your future releases?
Greg: I would like to have Mylets. I think Henry Kohen is an amazing guitar player and I would like to play with him. He’s a friend of ours and we probably could play with him.
Emma: Henry is like my baby brother, he played on my record. We did some covers together and he’s a madman: before you’re even able to learn the chords, he’s already programmed all the drums, learned the changes, learned the solos... We’ve talked about having another guitar player in the band. And there’s this girl Aurielle Zeitler, her project is called Ghost Marrow. She is an incredible guitarist, musician and singer. We’ve thought about having her in the band, but right now we just can’t afford the space of having another person. She is actually now playing with Chelsea Wolfe… And Chelsea would definitely be somebody that I would love to collaborate with.
Greg: That’s true. There’s Ben Chisholm from Chelsea’s band, Dylan also. I am pretty much in with all of her band.
Andrew: If you want to take Dylan as a drummer instead of me on the new record, I would be okay with that (laughs). Now seriously, Dylan, the drummer of Chelsea Wolfe’s band, is one of my favorite drummers, and not only in Sargent House. He is very musical and very rare kind of drummer that plays sensitively...
Emma: We love all the Sargent House bands! They are all our friends.
Andrew: And Cathy, who owns it, is a very lovely and unique person. She takes care of her people.
Greg: She is cultivating something that is not in the label. A lot of the bands we’ve toured with are Sargent House’s bands, and we formed really closed friendships. 


What would be the next step for Marriages?
Greg: A lot of touring and hopefully some writing between the tours.
Emma: And some collaborative visual arts as well, because each of us is a visual artist…
Andrew: And we’ll try to make music videos, too.


via NOCTURNE MAGAZINE

See full photo set from their performance at Dom Omladine HERE.
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