This unconventional trio's sound not only bucks the trend, the group also defied the norm by playing in front of the largest audience of the night despite holding the midnight slot. Frequently fans run out of steam before the late sets begin but Marmalakes commanded a big crowd late into the evening for a good reason, they kick ass.
The band describes their sound as folk-pop. The truth is more nuanced than that. Marmalakes are driven by drummer Josh Halpern who, at times, looks like the kid who took the short bus to school. But do not let the goofy look on his face fool you, Halpern is an exceptional performer. The trio leans on his expressive percussion as much as a band can and still get the right mix of guitar and bass.
It is precisely their unorthodox approach which makes Marmalakes so appealing. They harmonize splendidly. All three members handle vocal duties which fleshes out their sound nicely. The audience at Empire Control Room certainly were not going anywhere until the band finished thier set despite the late hour.
Watch Marmalakes perform "Geneva Hall" at The Mohawk last year. We think you will enjoy the song and may even head out to see the band perform. See you at the show.