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The best kept secret in music


"Album Review"

JULIA MARVEL – The Turkey Sessions
Dave Weston, of 90’s pop-punk heroes Weston, returns to the indie scene with this Brooklyn power-pop combo, backed by several other familiar faces (Jens Carstensen from Girl Harbor, former Tris McCall guitarist Martin Nienstedt, and drummer/recording engineer Hans Gutknecht.) Once you get past the dumb name (whose Julia? There aren’t any girls in the group!), there’s nothing not to like here. It’s not Weston, but Dave Weston’s vocals have the same optimistic buoyancy that he brought to the NJ/PA punk scene a decade ago, and Nienstedt’s guitar – finally unleashed – subtly invokes shades of everything from rootsy Americana to Eighties Britpop to Kinksian power-pop. What’s it sound like? Julia Marvel reminds me most of all of a lot of Seventies and Eighties bands that invoked the Sixties – the Records, Plimsouls, Flamin’ Groovies, early Goo Goo Dolls… None of it sounds dated, yet it’s all subtly familiar. It’s also fresh, upbeat, and energetic far beyond what you’d expect from four guys who came of age back in the days of Brownies and Tramps. It’s a marvel, really; and if I run into Julia, I’ll let her know.
- Jersey Beat


Full length album (The Turkey Sessions) - Released 2005

"Returning Champion" Single released 2005 on the "Closet" Zine


Feeling a bit camera shy


Dear Mom and Dad -
Today is May 27th, 2005 we're excited about Memorial Day weekend. For starters, the weather's finally nice. Aunt Mikki is gonna have a rooftop party tonight at her place in Wiliamsburg, so that will be fun. And we're gonna get the word out about slew of shows we have this summer. We're almost ready to follow up our debut CD, The Turkey Sessions, which was recorded on Thanksgiving at Aunt Julz’ loft on Manhattan Avenue (which is the same place Aerial Love Feed recorded their latest record, we know Dad loves them). The CD continues to sell briskly on It's available now on CD Baby, and the reviews are starting to trickle in.

We’re not sure how to describe our new situation. We all seem to like the same ‘70s pop records, the same odd movies, the same pizza toppings. We share clothes, we go to parties together, girls are “sweating” us. We all love Brooklyn. We haven’t really been working, so we’re ready to tour as soon as people will have us. And, best of all, we continue to get a lot of shows around ol’ New York City, including a bunch of dates at the mighty Trash Bar, Crash Mansion, Delancey, Don Hill's, CBs, all the great places. We got to play with those Nada Surf guys at a Tsunami benefit we put together recently back in January, we're headlining a big Japanese band bill next week, we traveled to Philly to be part of a multi-media event (go to Pat's!) We’ve gotten a lot done in a very short time. This isn’t to say we aren’t gonna hit you up for money – we do have to make some t-shirts to sell – but with any luck, we’ll gonna have the self-sustaining rock and roll act we’ve all dreamed of and talked about having since we started playing. We’re going to make you very proud, Mom and Dad. Maybe we already have.

Got to go. Give Scrappy a BIG hug!

Brooklyn, NY

P.S. We have a website now: www.juliamarvel.com. We know how much Dad loves the Internet!