Kal Marks releasing an LP, touring in August (dates & stream)
by Andrew Sacher
Boston's Kal Marks (originally the solo project of Carl Shane and now a trio) are set to release their first full length album as this lineup, and first recorded in a real studio, Life Is Murder, on September 17 via Exploding In Sound/Sophomore Lounge/Midnight Werewolf. They come from a scene of other young raging rock bands (like Pile and Speedy Ortiz), and like those bands, Kal Marks get loud. But they're also part of a long lineage of indie rock bands with weird-voiced singers that spans from bands like Modest Mouse or Wolf Parade to more recent things like Alt-J. Ever wondered what Titus Andronicus might have sounded like if Patrick Stickles was more into Isaac Brock and less into Conor Oberst? Kal Marks could be your answer.
Though we'll have to wait until September for the whole album, the band did just release its title track, which features guest vocals from Jonah Furman, frontman of likeminded band Krill, whose new album, Lucky Leaves, will probably be falling into the hands (or has already) of some of the same people who dig Life Is Murder. Check that song out, along with the album artwork, below.
Kal Marks will be going on a short Northeast tour with Chandeliers in the beginning of August. That tour includes NYC-area dates happening in New Brunswick on August 2 at Cooler Ranch with New Brunswick's Evil Weevil-signed post-punks Ex Wife and Wild Rice, and in Brooklyn on August 4 at Shea Stadium with Ovlov and Mr. Dream. Show flyer for the Shea show below.
All dates are listed, along with the song stream, album art and flyer, below...
Kal Marks - "Life Is Murder"
Kal Marks -- 2013 Tour Dates
8/01 - Northampton, MA @ Sierra Grille w/ People Skills, Beerz
8/02 - New Brunswick, NJ @ Cooler Ranch w/ Ex Wife, Wild Rice
8/03 - Silver Spring, MD @ Gallery (7910 Georgia Ave) w/ Two Inch Astronaut
8/04 - Brooklyn, NY @ Shea Stadium w/ Ovlov, Mr. Dream
all dates w/ Chandeliers