Philadelphia-based rock outfit Marah will on July 16 release its third album, "Float Away With the Friday Night Gods," via Artemis. The set was recorded in Wales with producer Owen Morris (Oasis, Verv
Philadelphia-based rock outfit Marah will on July 16 release its third album, "Float Away With the Friday Night Gods," via Artemis. The set was recorded in Wales with producer Owen Morris (Oasis, Verve, Ash) and features a guest spot from Bruce Springsteen, who plays guitar on the track "Float Away," tentatively slated as the first single. It's not the first pairing for the two acts, as they've previously jammed during the Boss' benefit shows at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, N.J.
"We're big fans and we've gotten to know Bruce a bit," Marah singer/guitarist Dave Bielanko tells Billboard.com. "We asked him, and I don't imagine he would have agreed if he didn't get behind it. I was really interested in Bruce playing a guitar solo. I think he's an amazingly expressive player, very stylized and very rock'n'roll. He said, 'I'd love to do that.' And we said, `That's good.'"
The album introduces new bassist Jamie Mahon and drummer Jon Kois to the fold and contrasts the roots rock and alt-country leanings of Marah's first two records with an emphasis on layered guitars, loops, keyboards, treated vocals, booming drum sounds, and pop-minded hooks. Despite the new sonic flourishes, Bielanko says the album shouldn't be viewed as a wholesale change of direction.
"I think [this record] has been sort of a regression for us," he says. "We've always been an electric guitar, nightclub, kind of loud rock band. And we're just trying to get closer to embracing that and putting that onto a record. It just seemed like the next rung on the ladder and we'll continue to move in that direction, I imagine. In music, you have to keep yourself interested, and this is very much a record to keep ourselves interested and excited."
Marah will head to London for a three-night stand at the Borderline beginning Thursday (April 11), and will embark on a North American tour behind "Float" following its release.