Bearded Gentlemen Music Interviews Emma Ruth Rundle and Andrew Clinco of Marriages

When I first met Bearded Gentlemen Music co-founder Jon, we pretty much instantly began swapping music recommendations with one another. I distinctly remember the time he handed me a Red Sparowes CD that he had just purchased. I remember looking through the disc’s cover sleeve as he was telling me about the band. I then began listening to the Red Sparowes and became immediately hooked. I will admit that I didn’t quite keep up with them, but I remember being excited when Jon informed me that Emma Ruth Rundle and Greg Burns of Red Sparowes had formed a new project called Marriages. The band’s first EP, Kitsune, was nothing short of incredible. Marriages had Red Sparowes’ sound, but they took little more simplistic, streamlined approach, and added Rundle’s vocals to the mix. To this day when I listen to it, I am always reminded of A Perfect Circle. That may just be me.With three years of touring, the addition of drummer Andrew Clinco, and work on other projects, Marriages have just recently dropped their debut LP, Salome. This album sees Marriages really take ownership of their sound. The band dials back the instrumentals and is able to tell a story with each individual track. Most noticeable, however, is Rundle’s pure confidence in her vocal ability. Where Kitsune saw her blending in with the music, she absolutely soars and makes a huge sonic impact throughout all of Salome’s songs. This album is incredible, and should be listened to in it’s entirety. When I first got my hands on the record, I listened to it 3 times before I turned it off. The abrupt and chilling ending is like the ultimate cliffhanger to a perfect movie. You are just left wanting more. I was so enamored with Salome, I jumped at the opportunity to ask Marriages’ Andrew Clinco and Emma Ruth Rundle a few questions about the new record, playing live, and who amongst their peers is really influencing them at the moment.

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Huffington Post interviews Rory Friers of And So I Watch You From Afar

A few days ago, I finally caught up with Rory Friers from the band And So I Watch You From Afar. The band is from Northern Ireland, so I have been watching them from afar. He was able to answer a few questions despite the time difference. ASIWYFA, as they are often called, has a new album, Heirs, and a new tour this year. Currently, they are my favorite instrumental band of all time. If you give their new album a chance, they might be your favorite instrumental band of all time also. Keep reading to find out if you’ll become a fire-breathing dragon. I’m just saying, anything is possible.

1. What was your inspiration for the new album?

It pretty much just came down to just wanting to make better music. The idea of making new songs or an album is an inspiration in its self really. Each time we get to put something new into the world its exciting, it’s a chance to say something louder than we would ever have had the chance to if not for the band.

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Consequence of Sound Premieres New Mylets Track

Photo by Gerhard Kuhne

At 19 years old, most teens would be happy with a byline in a high school newspaper album review or a DIY show at some local club. But that’s nothing compared to wunderkind Henry Kohen, who knows his way around the guitar better than most veteran rockers.

Under his Mylets moniker, the Los Angeles-based musician straddles the line between noise rock, punk, and alternative rock. His songwriting simply defies genres, though, often marrying intricately-layered arrangements and pop-leaning melodies into one big, lovely tangle of sweat, guitars, and a gnarled sense of angst. It’s both indicative of his age and yet somehow makes him seem wise beyond his years.

All of his skills, technical and creative, will be showcased on his debut album, Arizona, which arrives on April 21st through Sargent House. The nine-track LP follows a series of self-released EPs — compiled and re-released on the label’s 2013 Retcon LP — and was co-produced by Sonny DiPerri (Hanni El Khatib, Portugal. The Man). Already the world’s been treated to album cuts “Trembling Hands” and the title track; now, Kohen has let loose “Honeypot”.

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Steel For Brains Interviews Greg Burns of Marriages

photo credit // Greg Burns

After releasing their debut EP Kitsune in 2012, the question from listeners and music critics alike was resounding and immediate.

When comes the Marriages full-length? Three years later and that question has been answered with Salome, a stunningly beautiful record that for all its atmospheric fragility, bears a weight and resonance as heavy as any metal release you’ll hear in 2015. Members Emma Ruth Rundle (vocals/guitars) and Greg Burns (bass/keyboards) both cut their respective heavy teeth in the influential post-rock act Red Sparowes, and though remnants of that sound were carried over with Marriages, the band’s exploration of melodic broadstrokes with a powerful undercurrent of haunting ambience. Now with drummer Andrew Clinco, the band looks to meet and exceed the expectations that have come with the near universal anticipation for their full-length debut. SfB recently asked Burns a few questions about the upcoming Salome, which is being released April 7 via Sargent House.

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Steel For Brains Interviews Brian Cook of Russian Circles

 

As quietly unassuming as Brian Cook is in person or over the phone, the bassist has spent the last decade playing to the deafening other end of the spectrum, whether with the hugely influential Botch or These Arms Are Snakes, or in his current and longstanding role in instrumental metal band Russian Circles. Cook’s talents aren’t limited to the stage, either. Alongside his musical work, he’s written for various publications as well as his own personal blog. Cook’s distinctiveness as a musician draws primarily from an exploration of textures and an instinct for restraint over flippant composition. It’s a characteristic that in many ways mirrors the kind of contemplative nature he exudes in conversation. I recently spoke with Brian to talk about the non-metal music he’s always found himself returning to and why narratives make all things better.

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