Marry Me - S/T
Released June 24, 2014
By Graham White
The self-titled Marry Me LP has the uncanny feel of a classic rock and roll/blues album, while keeping fresh in a sea of clichés. It contains a unique sound that is full of fast-paced, raging guitar licks and a vocal tone that spits at the heavily manufactured pop-star voice. With the tightest of tightness, Marry Me gives rock and roll a new lease on life, giving head-bangers everywhere a reason to develop neck problems.
Opening with Rock & Roll Love, the album throws the listener head first into a powerful and fun sound. With lyrics that would bring a smile to the grumpiest of faces, the track quickly forms a solid connection with the listener, grabbing them by the ears and forcing them to dance. Fast-paced and funny, the track has a purity and sincerity that is ever so appealing. Following with Feeling, it becomes clear that Marry Me has no desire to ever slow down. Its vocals rage with impressive duality, perfectly balanced against the bluesy rock tone. Feeling demonstrates lip-biting guitar backed by tense rhythm, giving the listener plenty of reason to move their body. For The Liars rocks out with piano melodies and a driving beat, a voice that absolutely kills it, and bass that holds you and demands your intimate involvement. A track for the bad in everyone, it gives off the feeling of wanton destruction and pure disobedience. Ignite follows with a tom-heavy rhythm that explodes into pure head-banging goodness. I can almost see the sweat spraying off of drummer Kenny Dietrich as he powerhouses his way into my ears. With such an intense sound, it is impossible to sit still. Explosive with a solid bass and tooth-grinding guitar licks, Ignite could blow the ears off an elephant.
Boom’s full bass and tightened bluesy piano sit alongside rocking guitar solos that fill the listener’s ears will absolute intensity. It is as if Jack White cloned himself in order to make a four piece band of epic proportions. Driving muted guitar and a solid beat make Boom a track that cannot be turned down! Sexy & Suffering follows with an Eric Clapton-inspired guitar lick that would warm the heart of the most devoted blues listener. Natalee Fera’s vocals streak across Adam Jeal’s piano keys, so perfectly complimented by Danny Lovelock’s screeching and warbling guitar. Rude takes on a country-blues feel that starts almost subdued and builds into a powerful, driven sound that gives the listener even more reason to be forever enamored with Marry Me. Each moment in the track grabs the listener by the ear drums, bringing them into the many folds of sound, enveloping them in sheaths of rock and roll. The Bailiff ends the magnificent LP with a fervor, a compact and powerful finale to an album that holds an intense and impressive tonal quality.
Marry Me has worked it’s bluesy magic on my ears, making for a fresh and potent album that any friend of head-banging will enjoy. They have created a sound that demands attention, distinct from others in their genre, and is sure to provide listeners with the soundtrack to their hooligan antics.
Be sure to catch Marry Me at the Red Room in Vancouver on September 6th for their homecoming show/album release!