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Marriage Material

Boston, Massachusetts, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | SELF

Boston, Massachusetts, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2014
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"Marriage Material EP Review"

Marriage Material – Marriage Material – EP Review

Pretty hard not to have a smile on your face while listening to this new EP from Marriage Material; this is extremely well-played and FUN throughout the whole distance of their new recording. Their sound will remind you of many relevant bands over the past decade like Peter Bjorn And John, The Submarines, Fences, Passion Pit, Faded Paper Figures…and if I can point our readers to a name I’ve mentioned many times, The Yellow Dress from the good ol’ independent music scene.

Big drums from Matt McCarthy and right bursts of sound open up their self-titled Marriage Material EP with massively-invitational tones from the keys of John Lieneck and the playful bounce of the bass from Beck Goguen. Joined quickly by the sweet vocals of Chelsey Reynolds and this band is more than off and running in the opening tune “Fresh Air.” That’s a perfectly apt title; though elements of their sound do tend to remind me of a handful of bands that are current & relevant right now like Of Monsters And Men or The Head And The Heart…it’s about the energy, passion and overall approach that Marriage Material is taking to their music that is easily setting them apart for me right now from the rest. I absolutely LOVE Chelsey’s voice in this opening track…but truthfully that mix on the harmonies between them all is revealing a real magic in this band’s music AND production. Blending perfectly together, Marriage Material starts this EP on completely solid ground; they’ve got me hooked from moment one – so let’s see how the rest of these turn out!

“Hideaway” will pretty much convince you quickly the band is certainly capable of writing great songs. There’s a push/pull of energy in this particular song that I’m not entirely sure works for me in terms of performance itself, but the parts they’ve written here are excellent once again. Lyrically, musically and matching vocal flow to their songs are definitely aspects of their music they’ve nailed down tight. In truth…I’m not even sure if I can put a finger on anything other than personal preference on this one; or maybe I can blame Chelsey for absolutely killing that first track “Fresh Air.” If not for that stunning opening song’s performance…I might not feel like this one has a little less wind in the ol’ sails. She still captures perfect tones, and to be fair the song is more laid-back than the opener was…so again, could just be me looking for a little more punch to this performance through the vocals…

The trade-off vocals in “We’ll Talk Later” bring her right back out to where she belongs. Chelsey brings out a confident turn on the microphone, so full of tone that she nearly sounds like another synthesizer in Lieneck’s keyboard rack. Presumably, with keys leading the way on “We’ll Talk Later,” I’d assume Lieneck is largely responsible for the writing on this song and also found a perfect way in through the vocals by creating that trade-off rhythm between the two. They contrast & harmonize perfectly together – something they’ve already demonstrated on the previous cuts; the more you hear it, the more perfectly fitting their sound together becomes. Lieneck incidentally…is punching holes in that keyboard he’s kicking so much ass and having so much fun on “We’ll Talk Later” – you can’t help but hear how much this band enjoys making their music on a song like this.

The strongest rhythm & melody on this EP might come through “Triangles.” This emotional tune creeps up on you in a sneaky way…it’s subtle in its melancholy vibe. Once again they consistently nail the vocal harmonies and another confident Chelsey is taking the reins and leading the way with her inspiring tones and hopeful words. Another excellent keyboard melody created by John; and the rhythm section of Beck & Matt seem to always know exactly when to get involved and where the best spaces are for them to park in. Definitely a fantastic example of the modern-day ballad done indie-style…again, this band is writing some KILLER material that could potentially put them on the map, but with songs so strong they could translate to other bands and artists. There’s no doubt at all in my mind – the core of Marriage Material would reveal them all to be song-writers that can truly make an impact through and through.

I can say this definitely of course, as all these reviews are done after multiple listens. So…SPOILER ALERT, or as the kids out there these days like to put it six months ago already, ‘OBVS’ – Marriage Material doesn’t let up for a second on their EP and continue strongly to the end. Six songs of extremely high caliber – “Rise” is the second-to-last dose you’ll get before this EP comes to a close. This song seems to harbour a little more atmosphere than some of the others have…feels a little more spread-out in sound and I think that works well for this band to keep on their path of diversity. I mean…if I had to cite a specific band they remind me of on this song it’d be Casiotone For The Painfully Alone, and OBVS I mean the songs that band got RIGHT and not the other 65% of their catalogue that I just try to like anyway… “Rise” is an ambitious tune, has a strong message and unifying, all-encompassing feel to the song by the end…almost like they put that extra space in their music on this song to fill it specifically with YOU and ME.

What am I to make of this final song, “Palace?” All of a sudden Chelsey just up and decides she’ll show us that she’s been in the league of Regina Spektor and Lily Allen all along? Truthfully, this one puts the spotlight on her with the vocals set up high in this final mix on the EP…but man does that pay-off better than you’d ever expect. This captivating singer really flexes her skills, ideas and delivery on this excellent ending to the EP in front of a band that’s been ridiculously-tight throughout this album in all the best of ways.

There are some truly excellent things happening in Marriage Material…you can count on me listening for more from this crew in the future – I already want more!

Find out more about them from their official page:

P.S. One of my favourite things about listening to this EP was letting it repeat…I guarantee you’ll get hooked on “Fresh Air.” Incidentally – it’s their first single from the EP! Check out the video below! - Sleeping Bag Studios

"Boston bands rocked hard at 'Last Band Standing' 2015"

Marriage Material

Marriage Material is an Indie Pop group from Boston whose sound has ticket sales soaring from one sold out show to the next. The mix is funk, blues and dance pop with a unique sound that won them a spot in the finals. You can find them on youtube playing in an empty Boston apartment "Fresh Air" if you'd like a recap or feel like bopping around the house yourself. Well done Marriage Material!

Marriage Material members:

John Lieneck- Keys/Synth & Vocals

Beck Goguen- Bass

Matt McCarthy- Drums

Chelsey Reynolds- Vocals -

"Electronic Indie Band Marriage Material @MrrgMtrlMsc Shows Smooth Vocals And Great Blending WIth EP Release"

So it is true that great bands and artists come from Boston as they have produced another cool electronic indie dance band Marriage Material. According to the band, MM is a guitar-free band & all sounds are recorded live. Above is the most recent music video by Marriage Material “Fresh Air” and quite enjoy the blending of the vocals between Chelsey Reynolds and John Lieneck..

Keys/Vocals: John Lieneck
Bass: Beck Goguen
Drums: Matt McCarthy
Vocals: Chelsey Reynolds

MM brings way upbeat vocals and harmonies between this four -piece electronic indie band Marriage Material .The debut EP came out in May and they have enjoyed some strong radio play across the USA for a few tracks especially with the first single release “Fresh Air”. Some of the tracks lean more toward dance rock and a few others have a lean toward a bit of retro electronic rock but with quite strong drum beats with Matt McCarthy and bass by Beck Goguen.

You can pick up the band’s self-titled ep here :

Here are a few standouts for me below. Take a listen and see what you think :

“Over the past year, we have found a sound that WE love to play– we use chunky drum beats, thick bass lines, SUPER danceable key and synth melodies, and dynamic group vocals” states Marriage Material on social media.

To find out more and connect with Marriage Material band from Boston , check out the band’s website here : - Music Nut On The Loose


"Fresh Air" is the first release from Marriage Material. Taken from the eponymous debut EP by the Foxboro, MA quartet, it's a delicious indie-pop moment that takes female vocal indie-pop and re-imagines it bigger, bolder, better. With added danceness. And a backing chorus just in case Chelsey Reynolds' lead and John Lieneck's backing vocal don't somehow fill you with enough joy. You'd have to try pretty hard to not like this. And I can't for the life of me think why you'd choose the not liking over letting "Fresh Air" fill your head with its brilliant exuberance.

In a word: wonderful.

This is the closest to the top that I have ever been
so don't you dare leave me now
HEY! - Record, Rewind, Play


Still working on that hot first release.



**HEY SXSW- Thanks for considering Marriage Material for your 2016 lineup!**

Marriage Material is an indie pop-rock band that released their self-titled debut EP in May 2015. The group brings high-energy to the stage and has crowds dancing all over New England.

With catchy melodies and dynamic group vocals, Marriage Material has quickly become a force in the Boston indie music scene. Their first single, "Fresh Air", has won radio battles and created a buzz in the UK and Australia. As they continue to create new music and their dance moves get funkier, Marriage Material continues to see their fan base grow in the US and abroad.

Band Members: John on Keys and Vocals, Beck on Bass, Matt on Drums, and Chelsey as lead Vocals.

Follow Marriage Material's journey on Facebook, twitter,  instagram, Bandcamp, and Soundcloud.*You can stream their new EP on Spotify & Apple Music now!

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