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Emma Ruth Rundle - Guitar, Vocals

Andrew Clinco - Drums

Greg Burns - Bass, Keys

M A R R I A G E S

Management - Sargent House
Cathy Pellow - Manager 
Andrea Calderon - Day to Day 

Label - Sargent House 
Marc Jetton - Label 
Michael Roe - Europe

North American Booking - The Agency Group
Josh Kline - Agent

European Booking - Pitch & Smith
Stefan Juhlin - Agent 
Simon Tagestam - Assistant

North American Press 
Stephanie Marlow - Publicist

UK Press 
Rachel Silver - Publicist

College/Specialty Radio 
Pirate Promotions 

US $ STORE // UK £ STORE


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BIO

The first thing one notices about the full-length debut album by Marriages, Salome, is its sense of space. Like pulling open a dark window shade mid-flight, we're abruptly presented with a crystalline brightness setting the tone from the outset, signifying an evolution from the somewhat insular buzz of 2012 debut EP, Kitsune. The second thing is that, unlike the stream-of-consciousness approach which found each track on Kitsune nebulously flowing into the next, Salome is comprised of concise songs, each one a light that flickers into existence, burns with magnificent intensity, and then expires.
 
The Los Angeles-based trio first began in 2011 as a collaborative effort between former Red Sparowes members Emma Ruth Rundle (guitar, vocals) and Greg Burns (bass, keyboards). Showcasing Rundle's exceptional playing more vividly than the dense architecture of the Sparowes could allow, Marriages' departure from purely instrumental rock, too, helped bring her to the forefront, revealing a voice equally fragile and ferocious. Enlisting Sparowes drummer Dave Clifford, they recorded Kitsune, released on Sargent House in 2012. Subsequent touring with Russian Circles, Deafheaven and others honed their vision while introducing the band to a broad cross-section of heavy music fans. Full time drummer Andrew Clinco completed the equation in late 2012, the final component in Marriages' frequently epic postpunk-by-way-of-stoner-rock sound. While the group busied themselves writing the songs that would become Salome, Rundle issued solo album Some Heavy Ocean in early 2014, earning praise from the likes of Pitchfork, NPR, etc. Promoting that record found her touring the US as direct support to King Buzzo of the Melvins, immediately after which Marriages set out on tour once more, this time with the legendary Boris.
 
Back in Los Angeles, Marriages spent the end of 2014 completing Salome, a timeless 9-song monolith of a debut LP. Propulsive, frequently iridescent, the compositions on Salomeare confident and evocative, the sound of a band focusing their strengths to great effect. Nowhere is this focus more evident than on opening track, “The Liar”. Frontwoman Rundle wastes no time settling into a haunting earworm of a riff, before unleashing a moody tangle of slides and reverb. Her breathy voice, veiled in subtle effects, elicits irresistible curiosity; though it may not always be clear what she's saying, there's undeniably something to the way she's saying it. Bubbling just under the surface is the overdriven bass of fellow Sparowes alum Greg Burns, who conjures a menacing rumble from his instrument in glorious contrast to the glassy needles of Rundle's wailing guitar. New addition Clinco, whose formidable presence appears largely responsible for the kinetic reconfiguration of the band's sound, functions as both an anchor and a jostling wave, holding it all together with precision while he rattles his cage. Second track, “Skin”, is perhaps even more infectious, to the point where becoming engulfed in the emotional tide of the song is simply unavoidable. Its indelible chorus is one of the album's most iconic passages. Here, especially, Marriages wear their influences on their sleeves, a convincing amalgamation of mid-eighties postpunk (Cocteau Twins, The Cure, etc.) and what ought to be called poststonermetal. Their shoegaze aesthetic combined with Rundle’s crushing riffs make Marriages unique among their contemporaries. The tumbling urgency of “Southern Eye” could fit comfortably on Echo and the Bunnymen's Heaven Up Here yet somehow sits squarely within the realm of Sargent House labelmates Russian Circles. Elsewhere, Marriages toy with a pop approach before invariably releasing a torrent of cascading noise, though never enough to bury the hook they've so cleverly constructed. Title track “Salome” is the album’s centerpiece. An ominous, otherworldly swell of emotional waxing and waning, it finds Rundle at her most vulnerable, strokes of Kate Bush and Sinead O’Connor writ large over a canvas of brooding, fuzz-pedal density. Comparatively subdued, though by no means anemic, “Contender” closes the album on a tentative note, its unresolved final chord a sobering wake-up suddenly casting doubt on the probability of the previous 43 minutes.
 
Throwing open the curtains on not only their sound but on their songwriting as well, Rundle, Burns, and now Clinco seem perfectly at ease scaling anthemic peaks and heartbreaking valleys, often in a single composition. Salome finds Marriages fully embracing their skill at crafting timeless songs with chillingly epic results. In January 2015 they'll embark on a co-headlining tour with Helms Alee, with the album release to follow on Sargent House on April 7th, 2015

Salome (2015)

Kitsune (EP) 2013

MARRIAGES TOUR DATES

NEWS

Marriages & Creepoid @ Los Globos // Live Photos + Review 

As part of a special Part Time Punks, LA dark-rockers Marriages and Philly’s grunge-gazers Creepoid destroyed the Los Globos downstairs with a pair of blistering sets.

When we caught Marriages back in July, it was in broad daylight. We told ourselves that the next time would have to be in the dark of a club because their sound is meant for it. This time around at Los Globos, the trio eschewed the stage for the floor setting up their gear facing each other at three points in a triangular fashion, appearing almost ritualistic. With the stage lights removed, all that lit up the main space were two work lamps laying on the floor between equipment. Wasting no time, Emma Ruth Rundle’s gloomy guitar quickly bursted throughout the room. Amidst sharp, searing riffs cutting through her haunting vocals was bassist Greg Burns’ fuzzed reverb frenzy and drummer Andrew Clinco’s heavy beat. Seeing them play songs from their new album Salome (Sargent House)—a dark, post-rock gem released this spring—it was as if a new dark expanse had opened up and swallowed us whole.

photos by James Juarez

Read more + see all photos HERE.

Tucson Weekly Interviews Marriages' Emma Ruth Rundle  

Multi-instrumentalist and composer Emma Ruth Rundle is in a mood. It may change in the span of a heartbeat or two, but it's never far from something like a storm-clouded beach with a single seagull circling, perhaps screaming. There may or may not be a carcass involved. Or a brooding flock of carnal impulses.

"I think everyone will agree that my particular moods are highly changeable," Rundle said, edgily, with her band members apparently overhearing her phone interview. She's speaking, specifically, of the way she interprets songs onstage. "Any given performance, there are lots of variables and logistical problems," she continues, covering most of what can go wrong with gear, sound, lighting and any other detail that may affect the artist's focus or the fans' reception. It's the kind of attention to detail that makes the difference between a mere talent and one bound for a successful career.

"Sometimes it's cathartic," she says. "Playing the instrument and in a state of not having to think about actualizing the performance aspect can coalesce into a successful performance—all demons exorcised."

Rundle used to be a lot quieter about it. "I'd been very shy my whole life, never identified as a front person, didn't feel comfortable having a spotlight on me, never made it out of the music scene in L.A.," she says. Still, she'd carved out her intentions with an education in music-making, sound and art at the renowned California Institute of the Arts.

Rundle eased into the new-millennial Los Angeles post-rock scene at the experimental end of shoegaze folk. Her own project, The Nocturnes, made largish waves in the local soup with its addition of goth flavors. But it was in L.A.'s Red Sparowes that Rundle began generating serious heat. With the confidence she was gaining Rundle began to grow into her own talent and clarify her vision for it. Some Heavy Ocean, her 2014 solo project for L.A.'s respected Sargent House label, spoke for her definitively, exploring stretch feats in her vocal expression and particularly in her guitar range, from nuanced to explosive.

Meanwhile, though, she had formed the band Marriages with fellow Red Sparowes alum Greg Burns. The duo later added drummer Andrew Clinco. In that project's 2015 release, Salome, Rundle's voice and guitar work are intentionally mixed down so that all the parts have equal importance, all members of the team. The songs on Salome don't explicitly report on the famous seductress' life and times, but they may reflect the complexity of Salome's circumstances, and, she admits, those of Rundle, herself.

"My life is not rainbows. None of this is story. The goal is to perform and not to act. The goal is to be present with the material and the music and the moment that you're making it. All of the emotion of that is all about things that happened in and around making that record. I don't know how to tell a story that isn't based in reality."

It's nonetheless a great story. Time Out London just called Salome one of the 25 best albums so far in this year that's seen releases from Blur, Sleater-Kinney and Sufjan Stevens among much more predictable company.

And not a drop of blood was shed.

Marriages Live Show Review 

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Like the bands before them, Marriages delivered a heavy, hearty, loud set. Unlike the bands before them, I could actually hear everything that Marriages had to offer—from the reverberating bass lines to the deep, tom-tom heavy drum grooves, to the high screams of the guitar and vocals. Everything fit together perfectly, and when the group started to mess around with their tempo mid song, I was amazed that everyone kept together so well. The drummer, especially, was on top of the transitions, and added a number of impressive fills right where they needed to be. Each song boasted a diverse array of sections, and catchy kicks between each section kept the crowd hungry for more and more. Even though their set was over an hour, I couldn’t help but want more too at the end.

I had heard to expect a killer live performance from Marriages, and that’s exactly what I got. When they come back, I’ll certainly be there, and since I overheard the lead talking about how much she liked playing at Kilby, I expect Salt Lake will not have to wait long before seeing this Los Angeles trio again. Stay tuned, and check out their 2015 release Salome on their website!

Marriages Debut Live Audiotree Session // July 22, 2015  

Marriages will be making their Audiotree session debut tomorrow, Wednesday July 22. You can watch it live here online at 12pm CST.

After the session they will continue on their Summer 2015 headline tour w/ creepoid. Don't miss out!

for all show//ticket details click HERE.

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MARRIAGES SUMMER TOUR
July 21 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall *
July 22 Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig *
July 23 Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose *
July 24 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg * w/ Geoff Rickley
July 25 Philadelphia, PA @ Ortlieb’s Lounge
July 26 Hamden, CT @ The Space *
July 27 Washington, DC @ DC9 *
July 28 Boston, MA @ Great Scott *
July 29 Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery *
July 30 Raleigh, NC @ Kings *
July 31 Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn *
August 1 New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks *
August 3 Memphis, TN @ 1884 Lounge
August 4 Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon *
August 5 Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s Downstairs *
August 6 Austin, TX @ Red 7 *
August 7 Dallas, TX @ The Foundry *
August 8 Oklahoma City, OK @ 89th St. Collective *
August 9 Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad *
August 10 Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress *
August 11 Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge *
August 12 San Diego, CA @ Casbah *
August 13 Los Angeles, CA @ Los Globos Downstairs *
w/Creepoid *

Emma Ruth Rundle to join Alcest on North American Tour 

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Emma Ruth Rundle will be joining Alcest on their newly announced North American Tour this Fall (via Brooklyn Vegan).

For all ERR show/ticket details click HERE.

Alcest / Emma Ruth Rundle -- 2015 Tour Dates
September 21 Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall
September 22 New York, NY Highline Ballroom
September 23 Montreal, QC L'Alize
September 24 Ottawa, ON Mavericks
September 25 Toronto, ON Hard Luck Bar
September 26 Chicago, IL Subterranean
September 28 Denver, CO Bluebird Theater
September 30 Boise, ID Neurolux
October 1 Vancouver, BC Venue
October 2 Seattle, WA Crocodile
October 3 Portland, OR Dante's
October 6 San Francisco, CA Slim's
October 7 Los Angeles, CA The Regent
October 8 Mesa, AZ Club Red
October 9 Albuquerque, NM Launchpad
October 10 Dallas, TX Sons Of Hermann Hall
October 11 Austin, TX Red 7
October 13 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
October 14 Tampa, FL The Orpheum
October 15 Raleigh, NC King's Barcade
October 16 Baltimore, MD Metro Gallery
October 17 Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brenda's

Note: ERR will not be on the Mexico date

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Emma is also currently on tour with Marriages on their Headlining US Summer 2015 tour w/creepoid joining them on most of the dates.

For all Marriages show//ticket details click HERE.

Marriages' "Salome" Included in Time Out London's 25 Best Albums of 2015 So Far 

Marriages debut LP “Salome” has been included in Time Out London’s ‘The 25 Best Albums of 2015 So Far’ alongside other incredible artists like Blur, Sleater Kinney, Bjork, and many more.

To read the full article click HERE.

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MARRIAGES ON TOUR: Don’t miss Marriages on their upcoming US headlining summer tour where creepoid will join them in Denver for the remaining US dates. In August, they will be heading to the UK to play ArcTanGent in Bristol with Sargent House family deafheaven, Emma Ruth Rundle, Helms Alee, + Mylets and finally London with deafheaven at The Scala.

For all show/ticket details click HERE

Marriages Announce US Headlining Summer 2015 Tour w/ Creepoid 

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Marriages have announced their first extensive tour in the U.S. this summer in support of their latest album, Salome (Sargent House). Joining them at the Denver stop for the majority of the tour will be Philadelphia’s Creepoid, who are also on the road in support of their soon to be released album, Cemetery Highrise Slum (June 23, Collect Records).  Check out all of Marriages’ tour dates, spanning July 11th through August 12th in the United States, then in the UK for ArcTangent Festival in Bristol and London with Deafheaven in late August, below. For all show/ticket details click HERE.

MARRIAGES TOUR DATES

July 11 San Francisco, CA @ Portero del Sol Park
July 13 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir
July 14 Seattle, WA @ Barboza
July 15 Boise, ID @ Neurolux *
July 16 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
July 17 Denver, CO @ Lost Lake *
July 18 Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre *
July 19 Fargo, ND @ Aquarium *
July 20 Minneapolis, MN @ Nether Bar *
July 21 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall *
July 22 Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig *
July 23 Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose *
July 24 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg *
July 25 Philadelphia, PA @ Ortlieb’s Lounge
July 26 Hamden, CT @ The Space *
July 27 Washington, DC @ DC9 *
July 28 Boston, MA @ Great Scott *
July 29 Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery *
July 30 Raleigh, NC @ Kings *
July 31 Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn *
August 1 New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks *
August 5 Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s Downstairs *
August 6 Austin, TX @ Red 7 *
August 7 Dallas, TX @ The Foundry *
August 8 Oklahoma City, OK @ 89th St. Collective *
August 9 Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad *
August 10 Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress *
August 11 Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge *
August 12 San Diego, CA @ Casbah *
August 13 Los Angeles, CA @ Los Globos Downstairs *
August 22 Bristol UK @ Arctangent Festival
August 24 London, UK @ Scala ^

* w/ Creepoid
^ w/ Deafheaven

Marriages recently returned from their first ever tour in Europe this past spring, where they received rave reviews from performances at Roadburn Festival as well as the following three weeks as support to Wovenhand.  These shows followed the April 7th release of Salome, Marriages’ timeless 9-song monolith of a debut LP that was hailed as “immediate, but also timeless” by Stereogum.   Propulsive, frequently iridescent, the compositions on Salome are confident and evocative, the sound of a band focusing their strengths to great effect. Throwing open the curtains on not only their sound but on their songwriting as well, members Emma Ruth Rundle, Greg Burns, and Andrew Clinco seem perfectly at ease scaling anthemic peaks and heartbreaking valleys, often in a single composition. Salome finds Marriages fully embracing their skill at crafting timeless songs with chillingly epic results.

via New Noise Magazine

WXPN Folkadelphia: Emma Ruth Rundle Solo Acoustic Session 

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On Emma Ruth Rundle‘s latest solo outing Some Heavy Ocean, she reconciles in a bold and beautiful manner her diverse musical styles and interests honed over the years while performing in groups like Marriages, Red Sparowes, and the Nocturnes. Her voice is truly the centerpiece of the album – strong, defiant, and upfront. Rundle is cast as the beacon of light in a soundscape that exists as dense fog-like endlessness. It’s a sound as attractive and with the destructive potential of a black hole. Space, outer, inner, or otherwise, plays an important role here too. The songwriter has a deep understanding of dynamics. There’s drama, there’s build, there’s tension and release. On this heavy ocean, the waves ebb and flow to create emotional peaks and valleys. All the while, Rundle gives us her monochromatic all, an infinite variety of diversity in between the black of the void and the purest white light.

While she performs alone, adorned with just voice and electric guitar, for our Folkadelphia Session, she is no less subdued. Listen to Emma Ruth Rundle’s in-studio session now.

 

 

via FOLKADELPHIA

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