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A Pleasant “Nightmare”: Zechs Marquise, November 16 at Mixtapes
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2009-11-11 14:53:20

Zechs Marquise

With its cryptic name, a fearless sound, and darkly dreamy cover artwork, there can be little doubt of the influence of the prog-rock titan The Mars Volta on the instrumental quartet Zechs Marquise. And it should come as little surprise that it's also a family influence.

Zechs Marquise will perform at Mixtapes in East Moline on Monday, and two of its members - brothers Marfred and Marcel Rodriguez-Lopez - are the siblings of The Mars Volta mastermind Omar Rodriguez-Lopez. (Marcel also plays with The Mars Volta.)

The shared genetics and tastes are evident on Zechs Marquise's studio debut, Our Delicate Stranded Nightmare. The music of both The Mars Volta and Zechs Marquise is a shadowy, dense, free-flowing stew flavored with the salsa music of their parents as well as jazz but based mostly on psychedelic and progressive rock. Both bands often float around without anchors.

That's frequently a curse for The Mars Volta, whose albums since De-Loused in the Comatorium have retained the aesthetic of that debut yet have felt airless and closed. It seems like a blessing on the Zechs Marquise record, which has a patience often lacking in The Mars Volta.

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The Best Parts Win: Ready the Destroyer, March 27 at the River Music Experience and April 3 at Mixtapes
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2009-03-25 15:59:21

Ready the Destroyer

The first thing to notice about the music of Chicago's Ready the Destroyer is that singer Neill Miller's guitar has a lot to say. Some guitarists are technically proficient, but the really good ones are able to give their instruments a voice. Miller's sings.

The unsigned Chicago trio -- which will be playing at the River Music Experience's performance hall on Friday and Mixtapes on April 3 -- plays punk-ish music with a strong sense of melody on both guitar and bass, not unlike the Alkaline Trio and Interpol, and clearly influenced by Hüsker Dü. It's a lean, rigorous, muscular sound in which the guitar, bass, and voice are all fighting to be the lead instrument - a busy din but without discord.

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The Next Big Thing? PRE, at Mixtapes October 18
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2008-10-17 17:18:25

People who attend PRE's October 18 performance at Mixtapes in East Moline might be witnessing a band that's about to hit it big. Of course, this won't be the first time a punk band with an explosive sound has played the Quad Cities. But it could be the first time one does so in the middle of recording sessions with producer extraordinaire Steve Albini.

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