Marriages

Mattie had absconded from lessons for the next few months, and when she returned, she was quiet and meek as he probably would have liked before their…indecent in the library.  Plans for the announcement and the ball continued as expected, as the temperature, thankfully, dropped in Louisiana.

The night before Mattie and Eva were wondering the halls of the manor, hiding from their maids and their pins.  ”Do you think it will ever snow?”

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It was a packed house (sold out) at the El Rey Theatre where Deafheaven made a pit stop on their North American tour. On their biggest headlining show to date, Deafheaven brought their ‘A’ game to the stage giving their lucky fans the experience of a lifetime. George Clarke’s formidable presence on stage is a sight to behold. His mannerisms resemble those of a sadistic prison guard crossed with an orchestra conductor yet at times he shows a peaceful side to him and a sense of vulnerability. If you dare get on stage with Clarke. he will personally make sure you promptly leave. The tones coming from Kerry McCoy and the rest of the band created an atmosphere that was downright intoxicating. They played so hard, drummer Daniel Tracy broke his snare drum in the middle of the set and had to borrow one from Earth’s drummer. Amidst the loudness and aggression, the band manages to carry the crowd to moments of serenity and solitude. Their fans, most of them anyway, are serious metal aficionados and not the “hipsters” some critics proclaim them to be. Supporting act Earth delivered a heavy dose of feedback and pinch harmonics to the audience. Marriages opened up for the night playing a short set of their indescribable music. I can’t wait to hear more from them.

See all Photos and words by Maximilian Ho at L.A Record

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As part of their recent headlining trek with Marriages, ambient black metal outfit, Deafheaven, visited Cambridge’s TT The Bear’s Place. The intimate venue sold out the night of the show and was filled to capacity. The night was opened by locals, VYGR, prior to Marriages playing a set lasting somewhere close to an hour. The three-piece, ambient, female-fronted band from Los Angeles has quite a different style from Deafheaven, but plenty of similarities as well, especially when it comes to lengthy songs and intricate guitar work. As soon as Deafheaven kicked in with their set, the crowd got rowdy right away. For over an hour, the San Francisco act alternated back and forth between black metal style blast beat, heavy guitar parts and beautiful, melodic guitar parts. - All Photos by Nick Dinatale

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Here’s a small blog post about the Monuments Collapse/Marriages/Deafheaven show last night (photos uploaded in order of the bands). 

You can see all of the photos from the show here.

Monuments Collapse:

I don’t think a band name has ever so perfectly summed what the band sounds like. 

Marriages

Marriages. Oh Marriages. There is this sense of unity that you feel on stage when these folks are playing that is hard to explain. Everything flowed so seamlessly into itself; it was like drifting in a river of stuff and things. It just makes you feel good to see them live. This band deserves the world.

deafheaven

There isn’t much I can say about deafheaven that hasn’t already been said in the past few months following the release of Sunbather. This was the last night of their tour with Marriages and it brought them right back home to San Francisco. Maybe that had something to do with it. Coming home after a long journey. I assume these guys bring it every night, but I have quite honestly never seen anything like it. A band so willing let the weight fall one person and one person so willing to let the weight fall on the audience. I don’t know what that means, but it didn’t sound that good in my head either. Yeah…

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