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'Paulson' Offers A Sneak Peek Into Marrow's Forthcoming Debut LP

By Tankboy in Arts & Entertainment on Feb 26, 2015 9:00PM

Marrow (from left to right) Liam Cunningham, Macie Stewart, Lane Beckstrom, Matt Carroll; photo by Jeremy Franklin

It's been over a year since we introduced you to Marrow via their first single,Two, and since then it's been a long wait to hear anything new from the band. Marrow grew out of the fragments of Kids These Days, a group that's launched other folks like Vic Mensa into burgeoning careers far beyond Chicago. Two was solid, but would Marrow build on this promising beginning to surpass their high school band's roots?

We finally have a new song with which to mark the band's progress. "Paulson," off Marrow's forthcoming debut full-length The Gold Standard, shows a band that's grown in confidence. The material on Two was polite, while "Paulson" showcases the band running at breakneck speed, taking only brief respite's to launch a pre-chorus built for throngs to sing along to. Macie Stewart's vocal shine on the track, dipping into different rhythmic deliveries while sliding along scales like mercury, while the rest of the band clicks into lockstep with just enough swing to keep things feeling urgent yet playful.

This has us excited to hear what else the band is capable of on The Gold Standard.

Marrow plays Friday, Feb. 27, at Subterranean, 2011 W. North Ave., 9 p.m., $10-12, 21+