This Saturday, THE GARAGE is excited to have Marah in the Mainsail headlining. Quite simply, they’re an indie band with folk-like instrumentation, but their drums create an unexpectedly heavier sound. It’s enchanting, but difficult to pin down or wholly attribute to musical forerunners. They are as unique as any artist we’ve had at THE GARAGE, which should prove to be both challenging and fulfilling for Saturday’s audience. Don’t miss.
Feb. 9, THE GARAGE
Feb 15, Duluth
April 8, First Ave
THE GARAGE had a chance to connect with Marah in the Mainsail’s buoyant drummer, Alec. He talked about his band, the importance of the iPhone, and who you should be listening to, like, right now.
THE GARAGE: Name, instrument?
THE GARAGE: What’s your sound and who are the artists that influence Marah in the Mainsail?
Alec: Our sound is hard for me to define. I describe it as a heavy indie band that uses folk instruments (banjo, acoustic guitar and accordion) mixed with my heavier drum influence. When people come up to us after seeing us for the first time they have an equally difficult time pinning it down. We think that’s a good thing.
THE GARAGE: What should the audience expect from your performance this weekend at THE GARAGE? And is there a particular song you’re most excited to play? Why?
Alec: laughs* Expect us to play music true to who we are I guess. I don’t particularly look forward to certain songs; I just realize I enjoy some more while playing them. I suppose my favorite would be the song we open with “Devil in the Woods”. Super dynamic, vocally driven at the start to open up the show. Not many acts start that way.
THE GARAGE: Here’s a big question: What makes a song good? What song do you consider perfect or which one comes closest?
Alec: A good song needs to please the ears listening. That’s it. “Good” is a matter of opinion and as long as people enjoy listening to it, it’s a good song. People really seem to enjoy “Headsman” but to say it’s perfect is crazy talk *laughter
THE GARAGE: What do your practices look like?
Alec: We are fortunate to have a practice space provided in our vocalist’s church. We use their system and have electric drums for me, which actually helps a lot when we are writing so that everyone can hear each part clearly.
THE GARAGE: Excluding THE GARAGE, what’s your favorite venue to play? Why?
Alec: I personally love playing anywhere outside. We played a few festivals this past summer (Sonshine and Lifelight, SD) and each time was just a blast. Playing as loud as we want without having to be constrained by walls and feeling in the wind as you play is awesome. It also helps that the stages were huge and had amazing sound systems.
THE GARAGE: This is a different direction, but is there a piece of technology that’s indispensable to you (aside from the obvious, like mics, amps, etc.)?
Alec: The iPhone *laughs. Its how we get to anywhere we are trying to go. Without it we wouldn’t have anywhere to play.
THE GARAGE: Besides you, what local artist deserves more attention?
Alec: Our banjo player has a band called Ocelot Eyes that need to be heard. Also, a instrumental trio called Clocks and Clouds are incredible.
THE GARAGE: What are you listening to right now?
Alec: I listen to a lot of Alt-J, Misery Signals, Noah and the Whale and I just got into a band called Living Colour. Their album Time’S Up is mind blowing.
THE GARAGE: Do you have any advice for a fan who wants to start a band?
Alec: If you are gonna do it, put in the hours. I guess don’t have high expectations if you are only gonna do the minimum amount of work. Hard work and practice as a band. It’s all about band chemistry.