Metal Assault Live Show Review: Marriages - August 10th

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August 10th 2014, Complex, Glendale CA: Having completed recording their yet untitled new full-length album, Los Angeles-based experimental rock band Marriages are readying for a short US West Coast run supporting Japanese eclectic rockers Boris, and in the lead-up to this week-long tour which begins on August 16th, they played a hometown headliner at Complex in Glendale last Sunday with support acts Wreck And Reference and So Stressed, for a show presented by Church Of The 8th Day. Our writer Darshun was on site to cover the event for us through his words.

"Finally, for the main bout of the night, Marriages delivered the promised goods of newer material, which made the crowd anxious and pleased at the same time. With the newer songs I was impressed with Emma Ruth Rundle’s prowess on guitar and her command and choice of effects. Emma’s vocals shined throughout the night and was accompanied by Andrew Clinco’s tasteful beats and Greg Burns’ bass and keyboards. Andrew played the drums in such a zen-full manner while Emma desperately breathed and belted out her lyrics. Despite Greg not playing his main bass (his active pick up circuitry in his favorite bass fried earlier that day), he did a great job nonetheless. The set began with the first track off of the 2012 EP ‘Kitsune’ and the rest of the set were all brand new tunes. Only a couple songs I’ve already heard at previous shows were played last night. Emma’s voice held it together and the textures from her guitar that were chosen were executed in a skillful manner. On one of the new songs Greg used his left hand to hammer on the bass and right hand to play keyboards a la Brian Cook (These Arms Are Snakes/Russian Circles). I’m anxious to hear how the new songs will sound after being properly mixed and mastered for their new record. Sargent House will tentatively release the new album early next year. The intamiteness of The Complex has made this one of my favorite sets by Marriages. "

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Marriages Live 2014
Aug 16 -  Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile  # ^
Aug 17 –  Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre # ^
Aug 18 –  Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge # ^
Aug 20 -  San Francisco, CA @ The Independent #
Aug 21 -  Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst Atrium #
Aug 22 -  San Luis Obispo @ SLO Brew #

# w/ Boris
^ w/ Master Musicians of Bukkake

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