In Arnica: An Interview with Chase Weinacht of Marmalakes
In a way, it’s been a word-of-mouth success story for local trio Marmalakes. The band began making music as a duo about five years ago. Songwriter and vocalist Chase Weinacht and drummer Josh Halpern started playing together toward the end of their high school years, with longtime friend Max Colonna joining them on bass in 2008. Thanks to their spreading popularity, it it didn’t take long for the young musicians to go from crowds at house parties to bigger audiences at venues like The Parish and the Mohawk.
After breaking into the scene with their debut EP Wonder Winds (2010) and the infectious Even Clothed (2011), they released another captivating gem in April, the slightly more sedate folk-pop EP In Arnica (engineered and produced by One Hundred Flowers bassist Gary Calhoun James), paired with a big show at the Austin Scottish Rite Theater. Weinacht recently stopped by KUT’s studios to talk about capturing the band’s live sound in their studio recordings, discovering new versions of their songs, and why “pop music” is the perfect description for what they do.
Don’t miss Marmalakes at their show Saturday night at The Parish, 214 E. 6th St. This is a fantastic bill that includes Wild Child, Shakey Graves, and Sadie & The Blue Eyed Devils. Doors open at 8 p.m.