Billboard Underground: Marching Band
For a band that rarely tours outside of its native Sweden, Marching Band has done rather well for itself in the United States.For a band that rarely tours outside of its native Sweden, Marching Band has done rather well for itself in the United States.
Urband & Lazar Music founder Jonathan Lazar signed the duo of co-songwriters Erik Sunbring and Jacob Lind to a publishing deal after he saw the group perform a random show in South Africa. "In fact," Lind says, "I think Jonathan was the only other person there."
Now, Marching Band is winning over several hundred new fans per day. Within the last two weeks, the band's MySpace page averaged 25,000-plus listens per day. Its debut full-length, "Spark Large," is the No. 2 top seller on Insound (behind the Walkmen), and the group is a featured artist on iTunes' August 2008 Indie Rock/Alternative playlist.
Indie stalwart KCRW Santa Monica, Calif., has spun tracks like "Aggravate" and "Gorgeous Behavior" regularly and will host the pair during Nic Harcourt's "Morning Becomes Eclectic" show Sept. 8. More than a dozen other college and noncommercial radio stations have added the band as well.
It doesn't hurt that "Spark Large" had the magic touch of producer Adam Lasus (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Clem Snide, Helium). The resulting indie-pop effort is chock-full of luscious melodies and arrangements.
Lasus' wife, Linda Cohen—the music supervisor behind such films as "There Will Be Blood"—has commissioned the band to write a song for the forthcoming comedy "Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist." That track, "Trust Your Stomach," will be heard in the Sony Pictures film and is slated for inclusion on the expanded digital version of the soundtrack, issued via Atlantic.