''Winter Ditches'' has more than enough physical aspects to please the general and advanced listener of many genres. Once in, as the lyrics come into play, you will never be out.
“Sometimes you just have to pee in the sink.” – Charles Bukowski
Peeing in the sink for over 6 years, Marr has emerged from the frozen tundra of Ontario, Canada to become a renowned force in un-uniformed, underground music. Endeared as "art rock," the band consistently sidesteps the tiring signatures that have traditionally defined the generalities of rock music. Each new chapter in the book of Marr continues to outshine and outstrange the former.
On the band''s second full-length CD, Winter Ditches, the members of Marr (vocalist Louis Irving, guitarists Jay Soppet and Steve Fairhurst, bassist Tom MacKenzie and drummer Todd Ouellette) have combined the eccentric meanderings of 2004''s Lucky You’re Not Up On The Roof Today with the genre jumping sounds and dynamics that have become the band''s hallmark. Produced and recorded with the crispness of burnt toast and punched, beaten and bruised by long-time Marr accomplice Justin Koop (Silverstein, St Alvia Cartel, Billy Talent) at B-Town Sound in Burlington, Ontario. Winter Ditches is an arcane dimension of schizophrenic melodies, vomit inducing rhythms, mammoth heaviness, bubble gum schlop-pop, mind numbing prog-core, dumb funk and electronica.
Conceptually, the album is an indicator of the human condition. A third person view of the diversity of the human race and the dealings of living within it. The script is spit, spewed and sung through the bizarre wordsmith stylings of Irving. Lyrical accounts painted overtop abstract, oddball time signature compositions in a utopia of music meets words. A slow coasting, wistful song becomes black metal becomes rock-a-billy in the blink of a crazed eye. True form musical devotees need not apply.
In addition to live exhibitions at numerous music festivals such as Summer Dayz Festival (2007) Festival of Friends (2006) It’s Your Festival (2006) and Open Eye Festival (2005), Marr continues to awe mobs in the northern United States, Eastern Canada and back at home in Southern Ontario. With a weakness for the open road, the band is prepping for a third tour of Canada in early 2008. Marr recently performed their song “Landscape” in the New Line Cinema release of Shoot ‘Em Up and will be lending the song to the soundtrack amongst the likes of Motorhead and Dillinger Escape Plan. The disc, released by Bulletproof Entertainment will be available in February.
Watch for Marr on the road in 2008 as they promote their new album Winter Ditches.
Release date: February 2008.
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