Ah, happier days!
Marah, jokingly referred to once by lead singer Dave Bielenko as a band that “kills rhythm sections”, has done just that once again. On the eve of a tour to support the brand new, and very well received almost everywhere but here, Angels Of Destruction!, the band has imploded from within. Call it the eve of destruction.
All tour dates for January and February are cancelled, and it appears that drummer Dave Peterson, guitarist Adam Garbinski, and bassist Kirk “The Barber” Henderson are out of the band. This is certainly bad news for all involved, as the new album is generating the type of buzz they haven’t received since 2000’s Kids In Philly, including a ripping performance of the title track on Late Night With Conan O’Brien just last week. They look happy, don’t they?
Bielenko, his brother Serge, and keyboardist Christine Smith will soldier on, and have promised that the European tour later this year will happen. There's a new post on the band’s myspace blog today which is a lengthy attempt to explain what’s happening within the band, and despite the timing of this being so unfortunate, Dave sounds about as positive as he possibly could. Let’s hope one of America’s finest live bands sorts this out sooner rather than later, and gets back on a stage in front of a crowd where they thrive.
Yep Roc Records, the label behind the new record, had this to say today: We’ve spoken to the band and they are very excited to hit the road in support of what has been their most critically acclaimed album to date. Their top priority is to reorganize and get this music out to fans in a live setting, the setting where Marah truly shines.
MP3 :: Angels of Destruction
(from Angels of Destruction! Buy here)