Certain songs and artists have a distinct capability of taking us to other places and times. Whether it’s their geographic origin near my hometown, or their soft ambient flavored rock stylings, Lebanon, Pennsylvania Indie Rock group, Marathon, hits that special spot for me. An incredibly new group, there’s something whimsically charming about the simplicity of it all. As someone who routinely craves hooks, thrashing guitars, or belting vocals, I’m quite taken that I enjoy their tunes despite the lack of all of these things. Give a listen and check them out on Facebook and Twitter to see what you think.
[Official Bio] “Somewhere in the spectrum of experimental indie-rock, there lies Marathon: a style-blending, genre-bending outfit from Central Pennsylvania dedicated to creating music which pushes the envelope. During the indefinite hiatus of their previous progressive/alternative project, chief songwriter Zach Wagner (guitar, vocals) spent a year focusing on songwriting, production, and recording demos in his makeshift bedroom studio. With renewed focus and positive reaction to his demos, Zach decided to develop his solitary project into a full-scale band, adding members Erich Wagner (guitar, vocals, percussion), Robert Battle (bass), Paul Winter (keyboard), and Ricky Krieser (drums).
Technically proficient, Marathon boasts stellar guitar work both in layering and in lead, with drumming that is both unobtrusive and interesting—even unorthodox at times. Dual vocalists Zach and Erich Wagner strike a unique balance between a warm, whisper-like voice and a yearning, more tonal singing that often soars achingly over the landscape below—a landscape which is multilevel-ed with effects and programming, yet neither cluttered nor distracting. Atmospheric and ambient, yet poignant and raw at just the right moments, Marathon develops a vastness of sound without pretension and with unparalleled maturity for such a young band.”