Marmalade Mountain, The Secret Beach + Blood Ocean

Sat, Sep 10 at 7pm

  • indie rock
  • live music
  • bend oregon
  • touring band
  • craft beer
  • party
  • original music
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Marmalade Mountain, aka Zack Fischmann, has tumbled through America’s punk-folk-psych-rock scenes, creating songs that blend the homespun aesthetic of K Records with a playful vulnerability akin to folk hero Michael Hurley. Fischmann cut his teeth playing bass in Bay Area punk bands centered around 924 Gilman, but eventually pawned his gear for an acoustic guitar and hitchhiked to New York City to become a folk singer. Taken under the wing of Feral Foster, he learned the roots of American music and, along with Willy Gantrim, founded the now legendary folk showcase Roots ‘n Ruckus. Returning to Oakland, Fischmann formed folk-punk outfit Shakey Bones, releasing three CDs and touring relentlessly, sharing the stage with Ty Segall, Country Joe McDonald, and Kimya Dawson. He then moved to Portland, OR to join Meth Teeth and record Everything Went Wrong (Woodsist Records).

It was at this point that Marmalade Mountain was born. Gathering together the loose ends of America’s many folk scenes into the sound of a modern troubadour, Marmalade Mountain has evolved from the experimental home recordings on Marmalade Mountain Dreams and Slow Life to the stripped down dating-app soundtrack, ditties, to the indie pop production of Broken World.

Marmalade Mountain’s new album Strange Angels is his most reflective work, balancing nostalgia and playfulness with songs that evoke a laid-back, hopeful approach to loving life and people.

The Secret Beach is the moniker used by alt folk artist, Micah Erenberg, who’s refreshingly plainspoken candor has become a dominant through-line in the singer/songwriter's ever-expanding catalog. Whether releasing records under his own name, or lending his talents as a producer, Erenberg exists in a constant whirlpool of creation. This latest offering, Songs From The Secret Beach, finds beauty in the mundanity of daily life. Produced by Erenberg, and mixed by revered producer/engineer Rob Schnapf (Kurt Vile, Beck, Cass Mccombs), this collection is at once an exercise in restraint, as well as an arrestingly lush exploration of sonic possibility.

Since the release of his 2016 debut, Erenberg has toured extensively in support of his solo pursuits. Previously signed to the now defunct Canadian indie label Sleepless Records (Michael Rault, July Talk) for his well-regarded 2019 release Love Is Gonna Find You, Erenberg’s brand of unabashed lyrical honesty, and vulnerable talk-like delivery has earned admiration from audiences across North America and Europe.
Of his process, Erenberg states, "A lot of music inherently mimics other music. It’s just natural because there is so much music out there. It’s impossible not to be inspired and shaped by the music you hear, so I try to draw more of my inspiration from non-musical things; physical experiences, conversations, feelings, sensations, and inner reflections, in an attempt to achieve some form of genuine originality.” This exercise is clearly displayed on the track "God Is," where Erenberg offers Lennon-esq narratives of the co-existence of god and man in raw glamor-less situations. Similarly, on the title track, Erenberg delivers a juxtaposition between a blissfully playful arrangement, and a whimsically disguised commentary on the fragility of human existence. This is a common place practice for the singer-songwriter, who seamlessly maneuvers between carefree melodicism and heavy subject matter. The wisdom of this record exists between the cracks. There is a nuance that could easily be overlooked. However, Songs From The Secret Beach takes a courageous and uninhibited stab at honesty, and it may be the best kept secret you discover this year.

Blood Ocean is an alternative rock band from Los Angeles consisting of brothers Tyler and Trapper Piatt. They are nearing completion of a debut album featuring Harrison Whitford (Phoebe Bridgers), with production by Chris Taylor (Grizzly Bear) and Matthew Neighbour (Middle Kids, Soccer Mommy).