Signal Kitchen + Hope All Is Well Present
with Kal Marks and Belly Up
Thursday, October 5, 2017
18+ $10 ADV // $12 DOS
A self-proclaimed “loud, heavy, spirited group of folks that are a little tired of rock and roll,” Boston rockers, Kal Marks, write songs that are heavy in sound and subject matter. Lead by Carl Shane on guitar and vocals and accompanied by Michael Geacone on bass and Alex Audette on drums, the trio makes music that is candid in delivery and brash in execution.
On the band’s newest album, “Life is Alright, Everybody Dies,” out February 19th via Exploding in Sound and Midnight Werewolf Records, Kal Marks explores the more ominous side of life, examining themes such as unfairness, cruelty, pain, and abuse of power through audaciously honest lyrics which are delivered by Shane’s trademark vocals, a potent combination of apprehensiveness and defiance. Despite the weighty subject matter that Kal Marks’ songs deal with, there is an underlying message, found somewhere between the layers of palpitating guitar riffs and thundering bass lines, that encourages listeners to make the most of their time here, in spite of all of the chaos they may encounter along the way.
Kal Marks makes music that expresses a generation’s frustration with its present, in which forthright lyrics and bustling melodies combine to form a resounding call to action for a not-so-messed-up future.
In family photos the seasons of Vermont hang wholesome and idyllic. Frost’s America invites you with it’s small town hospitality, it’s rolling green conifers. For its visitors, it is a calender page or a Yankee candle. For it’s residents, there is a loneliness; An empty belly that comes with the winter. During the long hibernation, an ever growing hunger. Belly Up explores the darker side of seemingly idyllic states, every song shaped and howling like an unrelenting winter wind. Though dark and oftentimes despondent, Belly Up captures the clarity and calm one may find after a loss and delivers it to the listener in a way that sounds like a Vermont winter feels; sometimes dark, sometimes light, always bracing.