Marville – the Brisbane/Meanjin-based guitar and drum tandem of Ash Kerley and and Doug Palmer – is exploding back into the limelight with a new single and an announcement of its second LP. ‘Thinking Sense’ is the latest cut from the record, a driving and pummelling aural assault that builds like a tempestuous storm. This is fitting, seeing as Marville’s album Terra Alpha will assuredly be a sonic maelstrom in its own right.
There’s a lot to be said about confidence and being gung-ho, but when it comes down to it, second-guessing one’s self is just a part of human nature. It’s how we operate and navigate the day to day, ensuring we choose the most optimal path towards contentment. It’s in our interactions with other individuals that second-guessing becomes hazardous, especially when conflicting ideals come into play. Marville’s ‘Thinking Sense’ tackles this issue in a way, examining how we relate to one another when we break down our pretensions, remove our veneer and place ourselves on the same base level.
The track is the newest single from the guitar-and-drums powerhouse, following on from previous singles ‘9-Iron’ and ‘Fickle’, each impressive displays of diesel-powered rock. ‘Thinking Sense’ is another consummate display of high-octane noise – revved up and intimidating in its force, but never overwhelming. Ash Kerley (a program facilitator for the incredible Girls Rock! Brisbane) has done some self-examination here, looking at our inter-personal relationships and what it takes to build self-respect when dignity is taken away from us, or when we’ve second-guessed ourselves into a less-than-ideal scenario. Not everyone is going to see eye-to-eye, but a little bit of empathy can go a long way when it comes down to it.
‘Thinking Sense’ coincides with the announcement of Terra Alpha, the band’s forthcoming second LP, which is set to arrive on March 30 via Regressive. Joe Hammond (Courtney Barnett, Jen Cloher, Fraser A. Gorman) produced the 11-track record at this Pots and Pans studio, helping hone the high-decibel sound of Marville into a pointed and potent entity – a barely contained fury put down on tape. It’s been a big 12 months for Marville, with the record following hot on the heels of their 2017 Billy Thorpe Scholarship win and shows at Gizzfest, it wont come as a surprise to anyone if the next 12 months also bring good fortune to the duo.
Pre-orders for Terra Alpha are now available! Hit Marville’s BandCamp page to secure your copy. To celebrate the album’s release, Marville will also be hitting the road, with shows announced for Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Wollongong. Here are the dates:
Apr 20 – The Bearded Lady, Brisbane
May 5 – The Forresters, Sydney
May 6 – The Servo, Wollongong
May 10 – The Old Bar, Melbourne
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