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The Mariannes
Your New Life On Medicine 7
Dilemma From Day One

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
As of the 2000 census, there were 716,998 people in Omaha, Nebraska, and they are all musicians. Lawyers, hairdressers, old men, little babies - they are all in bands. One cannot open an alternative weekly or tune in to a hip online radio station without hearing Omaha music, whether it's classic indie (Cursive), glossy electro-rock (Race For Titles) or orchestrated chamber pop (Lullaby For the Working Class). And now that Bright Eyes and The Faint are poised for big-time success, it's only a matter of time before all music will come from Omaha, the World Music Capital.

The Mariannes are one of the latest waves in the Nebraskan Invasion. The four band members have some of the indie-folk that is characteristic of many Omaha acts, but they are rougher around the edges than the finely crafted pop of an Omaha artist like Fizzle Like a Flood. The sparser arrangements also tie them to Omaha singer-songwriter Simon Joyner, and with former members of Bright Eyes and Son, Ambulance, the group has deep roots in the Omaha scene.

But beyond the comparisons, The Mariannes have already begun to flesh out their own identity. This 7" may be their first release, but three years together as a band has clearly given them time to plan their sound. The crumbling, trashcan folk compliments Matt Stamp's voice, which is slightly cracked, either by experience or design, and in turn compliments the lyrics. Literate and allegorical, "Your New Life On Medicine" interweaves an apparent mental breakdown with "The Wizard of Oz" while "Sword of Damocles" is a dark Tower of Babylon pseudo-parable. These two downers are fortunately followed by a pleasantly tossed-off mostly-instrumental that lightens the mood before the record ends.

It's amazing that Omaha could still be producing good bands, but if this 7" is any indication, The Mariannes upcoming full-length album will be well worth checking out. And even if the music was crap - how could anyone not like a 7" illustrated by the guy who does SPY vs. SPY? Heh, those crazy spies will never learn.

Reviewed by Erick Bieritz
Erick Bieritz lives in Chicago, where is usually either very hot or very cold. He was the brainchild behind EPMD, where he wrote about EPs and singles for LAS, looking for overlooked or underappreciated non-album releases.

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