"Marshmellow Overcoat has one foot in the past and one foot in the present. On their fifth album, a self-titled effort, the Pennsylvania-based group unites the roots-flavored aesthetic of classic rock with the quirkiness of contemporary indie styles."
MMOC is getting busy with the Fourth of July coming up. We're looking forward to our Fireworks show at Bradner Stadium in Olean on the Fourth, and our doubleheader with both the Woofstock and Squatch Fest on July 8th. Al and Jason are pretty thrilled that I'm going to get to watch an Eagles tribute band for two hours that night. I don't dislike the Eagles, and I'm sure the tribute band will be great. I just can't believe how inferior the Eagles were to bands like the Beatles, the Band, Grateful Dead and Stones. I wonder how they even slept at night knowing how inept they were in comparison. "The Long Run" is 1979 slapped onto vinyl. NOT a good thing. At least Don Henley's hairstyle stood the test of time.
Anyway, I'd like to share a new review of our latest album. Having our material compared to heroes like Tom Petty and Bob Dylan is very flattering. Thank goodness they didn't compare us to the Eagles. I've worked too damn hard over the years:
Marshmellow Overcoat echoes Dylan, Petty, and the Loud Family on new CD
Marshmellow Overcoat - Marshmellow Overcoat
BY STACEY ZERING, nodepression.com
JUNE 25, 2017
Marshmellow Overcoat has one foot in the past and one foot in the present. On their fifth album, a self-titled effort, the Pennsylvania-based group unites the roots-flavored aesthetic of classic rock with the quirkiness of contemporary indie styles. In other words, the band can be compared to both Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and the Shins, brewing warm, likable guitar pop with an emphasis on catchy melodies and no-frills arrangements.
"The Room Spins Around" immediately unveils the group's college-radio sensibilities. The production eschews studio gloss, recalling the early '70s when every instrument could be easily identified and the drums sounding like they're in front of you. Musically, though, the track recalls the fuzzy riffing and peculiar poetry of the Lemonheads.
With "Tune of the Turning World," Marshmellow Overcoat's classic-rock inspirations are proudly unveiled. Here, Tyler Calkins' vocals, pushed to the front of the mix, are reminiscent of Bob Dylan's and the music echoes the Southern Americana of the Band. Among the best tracks on the CD is "Snow Lights," which would've fit perfectly with the idiosyncratic alt-rock of Game Theory and the Loud Family. The bluesy guitars at the end are killer, too.
P.S. I do like Don Felder and Joe Walsh. And Glenn Frey seemed like a good dude. See, I'm a nice guy.
Update: The Eagles tribute act (7 Bridges) was phenomenal - Easily better than the '70's Eagles.
MMOC frontman Tyler Calkins does his usual ranting