Marmalakes: “Geneva Hall”
The shaggy-mopped, fresh-faced guys in the band Marmalakes are strong evidence that the kids that grew up in Austin are usually cooler than the kids that didn’t.
Since forming four years ago, the boys of Marmalakes have turned out a crop of literate pop tunes that capture the joy and pain of youth. The band’s debut EP Wonder Winds combines the intimacy of a living room show with a lyrical maturity of a band twice their age. On Tuesday Nov. 15, Marmalakes ups the ante with the follow-up Even Clothed. The fidelity’s higher, and the arrangements are more complex. The record’s opener “Geneva Hall” is today’s song of the day.
“Geneva Hall” finds Marmalakes at their most wide-eyed. The song jitters with nervous energy. It starts with a quick tempo and a jazzy, if restrained, delivery that hints at some anarchic fun just bubbling underneath. Like a soda can shaken to the point of bursting, when the band let’s loose, it’s a thrilling release.