Friday, September 16, 2011
The Self-titled first release by Marj was a breathe of fresh air. Not saying that I don't love hardcore, Punk, Metal etc. but at the time there were practically no bands with a melodic tinge to their music in Nashville that I cared about. Taking influence from post-punk, math and other genres they started the foundation for what they wanted to sound like. Crowd favorites "Outerspace" and "Prophet Omega" (though "Nerve Impulses" is my personal favorite) are still asked for consistently and this came out in 2007, so obviously you can see the staying power this album has . The music may not be as Mathy and erratic as their second release "America's Latest Emotional Problems", but what this album does have is songs that will get stuck in your head for days and days. Absolutely crucial.