Slick, shiny and smooth, but also cold as an unpleasant February, Marriages present their first full-length album, Salome. Lively drums underpin post-punk vocals that might be described as ‘epic’, and a synth / guitar combo with wide eyes. Available on CD or vinyl, from the Sargent House label.
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In one of the many unbearably melancholy moments that happen here at the towers, Phil played the Marriages album and dedicated it to the three of us who have had our marriages break up. Nice touch. It’s hard to be cheered though by the music encased within, it’s kind of messy raawwwk which on opening track ‘The Liar’ starts off kind of like Moonshake but then goes all Paramore on the chorus.
The opening of ‘Skin’ promises much with an Interpol-like pulsating bass and treated guitars before the song unfurls into a synthy 80’s darkwave opus. The opening guitar salvo returns for the pumped up chorus- this is massive sounding music but something is seriously wrong here. The drums are too busy by half - what they think they are doing on ‘Skin’ I have no idea, I can only think that the drummer was paid per fill. The production leaves much to be desired and I’m not even sure that the band are even truly convinced by this? At times you can almost hear the doubt.
What it all leaves is the kind of low-middling album from the type of group who would have done well to get second support to Curve at the Princess Charlotte in ‘91.
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