Combining the sounds of 80’s bands Joy Division and Echo and the Bunnymen with Interpol and Editors new neo-post punk styles spawned The Marital. This Long Beach 4 piece consisting of Kevin Peraza (vocals/rhythm guitar), Ean Brown (lead guitar), Matt Binderim (bass) and Nick Diamantides (drums) formed in late 2010 and the buzz awaiting the release of “Bold Show” the band’s first independent full length is almost deafening. The Marital have been very active building this buzz since their inception, playing shows wherever and whenever they can. They have played shows at diPiazza’s, The Roxy, House of Blues Anaheim, Chain Reaction and The Glass House while sharing the stage with notable bands like Of the Vessel, Thought Police, fellow up and comers The Moderates and The Graphs.
The “Bold Show” was recorded by Cody Thomas of Cody Thomas and the Black Caddy Band which also features members of The Marital. The band is hoping for an early 2013 release but many fans are hoping that some of the tracks will be available for digital release in time for the holidays. The 10 track disc features some amazing musicianship and vocals that imprison your soul.
“This Burning Heart” opens the disc with a very dark and eerie feel that is so reminiscent of this style of music. The elements that make this band are the commanding vocals and the danceable groove. This song showcases what you are about to hear from The Marital. “Skeletal System” is an amazing song which showcases the talents of each member. The track begins with pulsating drums in Bow Wow Wow style then the guitar sends you back to early Smiths when Johnny Marr began influencing seemingly everyone in the Britpop era. The bass playing is superb for this style of music reminiscent of Les Pattinson and the vocals make some think that Ian Curtis may be reincarnated as Kevin Peraza. “Burning Books” channels Michael Stipe and R.E.M. perfectly. The lyrics and guitar work along with the “mumbling” style that made the early days of R.E.M. so innovative. “Isolated Request” probes the more Gothic side of the genre while “The Level” brings back the dance groove complete with pounding drums and strong guitar work. “P.S.I.” is a descent but not a stand out groove wise as it doesn’t add much to the disc. “No Intermission” has such an Interpol feel that at times you think you came across a bootleg from the band’s early days. “Let Me Be” is an exploration of personal relationship lost. The dark overtones of the song work well together as you can almost envision the pain of love lost. “Turn Switch: On” adds a short Metal influence to the band showing the realm these musicians can cover within their musical landscape. “White Raven” closes out the disc and definitely has an Interpol groove but with Joy Division direction. This is a love song that could quite possibly test the time in the neo-post punk genre.
Once this disc is available any music fan should pick it up. There are some really great songs on the disc including “Skeletal System”, “Burning Books”, “Isolated Request”, “Let Me Be” and “White Raven”. In the meantime The Marital is still continuing to play shows around the area. You can catch the lads in 3 different bands while the recording is being finalized. They play in The Marital, Cody Thomas and the Black Cady Band and Georgia Terminal. If you see these lads playing a show near you they usually play early so make arrangements to get to the venue early as this is one of the rare bands that will not be on the local circuit long.