Marah feeling complete with 'Angels'


NEW YORK -- After numerous shifting lineups, Marah has finally settled into a groove with its current incarnation as a six-piece for its sixth record, "Angels of Destruction!"

The 11-song set was recorded in Nashville and Brooklyn and is due Jan. 8 via Yep Roc. Guitarist/vocalist David Bielanko says the group pared the album down from 34 songs cut during the sessions.

"When we put this version of the band together, everyone was just good at showing up and playing," Bielanko said. "We'd just come back from Spain, and it felt like we were six best friends. This time we understand each other, in a way."

Although Marah has relied on a guitar-heavy approach in the past, "Angels" sees the group exploring new sounds and arrangements, culminating with the 10-minute closer, "Wilderness." "Initially, we thought that one was a joke," Bielanko said. "It's a weird kind of song, but I guess we're lucky we're in that position where we can try those sorts of things."

Indeed, Bielanko is feeling introspective these days, as the band preps this release and continues rehearsing for a tour. "This time, what was eye opening is that even five records in, we haven't reached what we can do. It still feels like a work in progress," he explains.

Marah is just beginning a short European tour before wrapping the year with two Christmas-themed shows in Philadelphia and New York in early December. The band will resume touring duties in January, with dates scheduled for Cambridge, Mass., Columbus, Ohio, and Chicago so far.