Friday, June 26, 2009
Marah's debut album "Let's Cut the Crap and Hook Up Later On Tonight"
If I had to pick a favorite band above all the rest, it would have to have been Marah. They've went through too many lineups to keep track of over the years, but at the heart of it was always two brothers from Conshohocken, PA, David and Serge Bielanko. Marah has went through some pretty distressing changes over the last few years, but regardless of what happens in the future, Dave and Serge worked with some great musicians to make their songs that were brilliant, poignant, and sometimes hilarious really come alive on stage and on record in all kinds of amazing ways. I cant really put into words how much it has all meant to me, so I'll hold back before I embarrass myself and just say that Marah was a great rock and roll band like no other, and if you have not done so, you need to investigate their music further.
On record, this all started with Marah's first album Let's Cut the Crap and Hook Up Later Tonight, which was recorded in 1998 above an auto garage in South Philly. The band members at the time were David and Serge Bielanko, Danny Metz, and Ronnie Vance. Together, they threw all kinds of instruments, influences, and genres into the mix to make a record that is loose, sometimes a little wild, but always interesting and a hell of a lot of fun to listen to. Here's a few of my favorites.
A beautiful video made by Serge's wife, Monica, for "Formula Cola Dollar Draft."
Marah - Formula Cola Dollar Draft
Dave, Serge, and Kirk Henderson playing "Firecracker" at a Harley Davidson Rally in Oxford, England on October 1, 2005.
Marah - Firecracker
If you want to see my level of past Marah fanaticism on full display, you can check out the Marah Videos blog I've mantained over the past few years right here.
There will be plenty more posts on Marah in the future. Thanks for checking this out.
Download Marah's first album Let's Cut The Crap and Hook Up Later On Tonight at amazon.com