Who remembers the classic and ground breaking Marah shows for Cosmic American at the Maze back in the day? If you were there all those years ago them I know you will be back for more – just as they are back to pick up from where they left off.
Reformed and reenergised this amazing live band delivers genuine American Rock Music and should not be missed by any stretch of the imagination. Marah are the Bielanko brothers, David and Serge, along with Mike “Slo-Mo” Brenner, Adam Garbinski and Dave Peterson.
“Marah blow the roof off with their barely contained energy. It’s street music, soul music, music to walk you off a skyscraper to… You’re left with your hair standing on end, shaken up, exhilarated, that hole in your heart temporarily fixed, which is all you can ask of great rock ‘n’ roll. And God knows, this is great rock ‘n’ roll.” – Uncut.
The best rock band in America,” Stephen King wrote in Entertainment Weekly, after choosing Marah’s “If You Didn’t Laugh, You’d Cry” as 2005’s best album of the year. “Quite possibly the best rock band in America,” said USA Today, after Marah’s triumphant appearance at 2006’s Bonnaroo Music Festival. “I can hear everything I ever loved about rock music in their recordings and their live shows,” Nick Hornby wrote in The New York Times. Get the idea? Theis band has certainly has its share of true believers…Tons of them (not to mention some of them are famous authors).
That’s why it makes perfect sense when, at the opening of their 2006 live DVD, Sooner or Later in Spain, the first music heard is “Amazing Grace” sung by the band in the backstage hallway. Rock and roll as a religious experience is an overused cliché, but watching this live footage of a Marah concert, it’s easy to see why. Marah’s latest album, “Marah Presents Mountain Minstrelsy of Pennsylvania,” was made on a Studer 8 Track tape machine and mastered directly to a vinyl lathe. “Mountain Minstrelsy is a collection of raw and unprocessed tape recordings (by today’s standards) and that was the whole idea. Here we play together and all at once, one mic bleeding into the next right down the line,” said Bielanko who feels that the limitations of the old technology line up perfectly with the spirit of folk music. “There’s nothing casual when tape is rolling. You’re forced to make it happen in that moment. There’s a tension and sense of urgency in the room that I have never experienced in the digital world. Beyond that we approached this as if we were making any other rock and roll album.”