In 1997 locals, Tommy Conwell, John Flynn, Philly Gumbo, and others contributed to Season’s Greetings Philadelphia, an 18-song compilation of local musicians recording original Christmas songs. The collection was released on the local Record Cellar Records label. Below, stream a few songs from the album including “Psychedelic Santa” by Buzz Zeemer; “A Beer In A Bar” by Marah and “Any Other Day” by Cory (Stargazer Lily). All songs were recorded, mixed, and engineered by George Manney at Geo Sound Studio.
Photo by Hannah Torresson
Well, here’s something you don’t see every day: A rock band plays a lousy show (OK, that does happen every day), gets called out in the local press (which happens pretty often), and then responds to the critic (which happens much more often than you’d think). But here’s the unusual part: Instead of complaining to the reviewer about how he/she doesn’t understand the complexities of their awe-inspiring, genre-defying music, or whining about how the venue’s sound guy didn’t put enough vocals in the monitors, the members of Marah actually apologized for their lackluster performance at World Cafe Live last Sunday night.
Following Sunday night’s show, The Philadelphia Inquirer‘s Dan Weiss wrote a review that charitably called the roots-rock band’s performance “muddy,” noting that, “David [Bielanko] gargled over a raw, basic version of Marah…through riffage that occasionally and strangely recalled Aerosmith.” The band, formally from Philadelphia, apparently felt the need to apologize to its old hometown, and sent this email to the Inquirer:
“It must be said that Marah are very, very disappointed in not being able to deliver Philadelphia the show they obviously deserve (they were a fantastic crowd, with much love in them). We were counting on giving them an amazing long comprehensive gig, we weren’t counting on Dave getting a wicked throat infection from a germy SM57 & cold, December touring….this sucked for us.”
Well, if Weiss and Dan DeLuca (who ran the email earlier today in his In The Mix column) are to be believed, the members of Marah aren’t the only ones the show sucked for. (DeLuca states that Weiss’ review “doesn’t go far enough in slamming what was a pretty listless, sloppy, dispiriting and awfully short show that barely touched on either the new not-half-bad Life Is a Problem or the back catalog that had the band poised for great things a decade ago.”) But even DeLuca was impressed with the band’s admission of guilt, and its promise to “try and arrange a free show in Philadelphia in January to make it up to the folks whose expectations are as high as ours.”
Free show, yo!