ZECHS MARQUISE

EL PASO Show on May 10th for a great cause


Lock Jaw Night Vision live video from Milan, Italy


Zechs Marquise Live & Interview from Zagreb Croatia


Zechs Marquise live clip and interview from their show at Purgeraj in Zagreb, Croatia.


State IE: Zechs Marquise Live Review - Dublin and Belfast Ireland

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Zechs Marquise in Ireland

I enjoyed their show at the Workman’s Club so much that I found myself compelled to catch Zechs Marquise (video session above) live again. So I did. I went to see them play the Speakeasy in Belfast too. Both shows were excellent. A band who aren’t especially well know in Ireland, although signed to Sargent House/ Rodriguez Lopez Produtions they feature Marcel (The Mars Volta) on drums and Marfred Rodriguez Lopez on bass. Their older sibling may be revered multi-instrumentalist Omar Rodriguez Lopez (The Mars Volta, At the Drive In, Bosnian Rainbows) but we’re not here to talk about that right now. There was a generous crowd for the Workman’s Club show with help from Youth of a Nation promotions and support from No Spill Blood. Zechs Marquise successfully held the crowd’s attention and drew others in from the bar outside. If you weren’t a fan at the beginning of the night you were by the end of it, they really won the venue over.

It was the show at the Speakeasy in Belfast that really stood out. I ventured up, still a bit sad after the final Richter Collective party only to be met with an experience that would lift anyone’s spirits. Despite the fact that only a handful of people were there, it was Zechs Marquise’s last night of a 6 week tour and they gave it everything. To the point where the drummer, Marcel, broke the last two cymbals he had. What a finale. If you haven’t heard their album Getting Paid yet then I urge you to check it out. They are currently working on a Motown covers album and are due to release an album’s worth of new material in 2013. - Niamh Hegarty


Zechs Marquise Live from Budapest & Last Week of European Tour


Zechs Marquise
recorded live at A38 in Budapest, Hungary on the 12th of November 2012. Don’t miss Zechs still on Tour now in Europe. 

ZECHS MARQUISE
Nov 17, 2012 - Kristiansand, Norway @ Haandverkeren
Nov 19, 2012 - Chemnitz, Germany @ AJZ
Nov 20, 2012 - Brno, Czech Republic@ Fleda
Nov 21, 2012 - Graz, Austria @ Forum Stadtpark
Nov 23, 2012 - Dublin, Ireland @ Workman’s Club w/ No Spill Blood
Nov 24, 2012 - Galway, Ireland @ Roisin Dubh
Nov 25, 2012 - Belfast, N. Ireland @ Speakeasy Bar

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Zechs Marquise “Guajira” Live Studio Session from Brighton UK


Zechs Marquise
performing live while in Brighton, UK the track Guajira from the album Getting Paid video courtesy of Bowlegs Music. - Don’t miss Zechs on tour NOW see all dates here.


Sight/Sound/Rhythm: Interview with Marcel Rodriguez Lopez

Marcel Rodriguez Lopez is a Grammy Award winning multi-instrumentalist best known for his percussion and keyboard playing with the progressive rock group The Mars Volta, though this is just the tip of the iceberg as far as his musical accomplishments are concerned.

He is also the drummer and recording engineer for the group Zechs Marquisewhich features two of his brothers, Marfred and Riko, as well as Marcos Smith and Matt Wilkson. Their most recent album entitled Getting Paid is out now on Sargent House/RLP. In addition to this Marcel records electronic music under the name Eureka the Butcher and has played on around eighteen releases by his brother Omar Rodriguez Lopez since 2006. The dude is prolific.

SIGHT/SOUND/RHYTHM caught up with Marcel before a Zechs Marquise show in Leeds, UK to talk about musical development, studio recording and technology within his music.

I think this is the first time you’ve been here with Zechs Marquise. How’s the European tour going so far?

It’s been great so far. It’s not at all like touring in the States. In the states it’s a lot harder. Over here the promoters are nicer and more hospitable and the venues are nicer. We’ve had places to stay every night and food, whereas in the states you’re basically on your own, you know. You get to the next place and they pretty much act like you’re doing them a favor by being there. Whereas over here they’re a lot more grateful and realize that it’s a two way street. That it takes both parties to make a great show and for people to have a good time.

Back home, when we do come across nice promoters we always make it a point to go up to them and say thank you for making it a good night for us, because it’s really easy for it to just go bad, basically.

Absolutely. I’ve been at venues before where promoters have just disappeared, or sometimes haven’t bothered to show up at all.

Yeah, we’ve had promoters straight out tell us that they have other shows going on that night and that they’re going to those other shows. So they just stop by to show face and then they leave and we don’t see them for the rest of the night, then we end up getting paid from somebody else who they’ve delegated that responsibility to.

Is this something that is still happening?

Yeah, but luckily we’ve started playing bigger venues and more people are coming out to see us, so we’re starting to find that people are a little nicer, but even then it can be hit or miss, you know.

Would I be right in assuming you guys have been together for around nine years or so at this point?

Something like that. The first few years were pretty rough. We had another drummer but that didn’t work out. I was playing keys back then but I only really consider the band to be what it is now since we’ve had this line up. With the exception of Riko joining the band, we’ve probably been as we are now for around four years or so, with me on drums that is. Riko’s been playing keys for Zechs for almost two years. Before that it was all the parts without the keys.

When we were recording Getting Paid, I was doing all of the keyboard parts and they were coming out really great, but because we didn’t have a dedicated keyboard player we ended up putting the parts really low in the mix. We didn’t want to make it a dominant thing because we didn’t know how we were going to do it live, but it turned out that everyone loved the parts so much that we decided they needed to stay.

For most bands in rock music, the keys are just fluff in the background to give it a little atmosphere, when actually keyboards and synthesisers are incredibly powerful. They have their place right there in rock music, regardless of what someone like Ted Nugent thinks about them. You know, it’s like, if Santana isn’t rock and roll, or using organs, then you tell me what is!

I was going to say exactly the same thing…

Yeah, it’s crazy! So we had recorded the parts and the keys were super low in the mix until we put them up nice and loud, which is exactly where they should be. Right about that same time we started hearing our brother Riko, who was probably around eighteen years old then, playing piano more around the house and we instantly thought, ‘he’s got it!’. He just needed a little practice along with some guidance and experience. So from then on me and Riko would just sit there and practice the songs for hours and hours whilst everyone else was working at their day jobs or doing their own thing.

He ended up playing his first show with us in February 2011 and it’s been great since then. He’s a fast learner and everyone who’s seen us play, including our friends and my other band mates, they’re always quick to point out how good of a job he’s doing. He wants to impress his older brothers and friends and he’s a hard worker.

When you were recording Getting Paid had you thought about going back to find another drummer?

Well before I switched to drums, we were actually looking for another drummer to join because I was wanting to go back to playing keys. There’s definitely a certain style that I had on keys which suits what we do and we didn’t know anyone who had that same feel. We figured that it would be easier in El Paso for us to find another drummer than another keyboard player. Once we’d auditioned a couple of drummers we realised that it just wasn’t going to cut it and that I had to be on drums, because there was a certain dynamic that came with it. The other drummer we used to have had great energy and endurance but he didn’t have any focus, and so basically whether we had a good or a bad show depended on how tight he played, so it was always a gamble, you know.

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Zechs Marquise European Headline Tour Starts October 19, 2012


Zechs Marquise will be heading to Europe for their first Headline tour in October in support of their latest release Getting Paid. Don’t miss your chance to be Mega Slapped.


ZECHS MARQUISE EU TOUR 2012

Oct 19, 2012 - Oberhausen, Germany @ Druckluft
Oct 20, 2012 - Stuttgart, Germany @ Zwoelfzhen
Oct 21, 2012 - Hamburg, Germany @ HafenKlang
Oct 23, 2012 - Antwerp, Belgium @ Trix
Oct 24, 2012 - Arnhem, Netherlands @ Willemeen
Oct 25, 2012 - Offenbach, Germany @ Hafen 2
Oct 26, 2012 - Terneuzen, Netherlands @ De Pit
Oct 27, 2012 - Basingstoke, UK @ Bang Bar
Oct 28, 2012 - Brighton, UK @ The Haunt
Oct 29, 2012 - Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
Oct 30, 2012 - London, UK @ The Old Blue Last
Oct 31, 2012 - Paris, France @ Espace B
Nov 1, 2012 - Aarau, Switzerland @ Kiff
Nov 2, 2012 - Basel, Switzerland @ Hirscheneck
Nov 3, 2012 - Delemont, Switzerland @ SAS
Nov 4, 2012 - Tarbes, France @ Le Celtic Pub
Nov 5, 2012 - Toulouse, France @ Le Saint des Seins
Nov 6, 2012 - Torino, Italy @ Blah Blah
Nov 7, 2012 - Milan, Italy @ Circolo Magnolia
Nov 8, 2012 - Rome, Italy @ Init
Nov 9, 2012 - Conegliano, Italy @ Appartamento Hoffman
Nov 10, 2012 - Zagreb, Croatia @ Kset
Nov 11, 2012 - Vienna, Austria @ Rhiz
Nov 12, 2012 - Budapest, Hungary @ A38
Nov 13, 2012 - Berlin, Germany @ Marie-Antionette
Nov 14, 2012 - Copenhagen, Denmark @ KB18
Nov 15, 2012 - Trondheim, Norway @ Blaest
Nov 16, 2012 - Oslo, Norway @ Parkteatret
Nov 17, 2012 - Kristiansand, Norway @ Haandverkeren
Nov 19, 2012 - Chemnitz, Germany @ AJZ
Nov 20, 2012 - Brno, Czech Republic@ Fleda
Nov 21, 2012 - Graz, Austria @ Forum Stadtpark
Nov 22, 2012 - Prague, Czeh Republic @ venue TBA
Nov 23, 2012 - Dublin, Ireland @ Workman’s Club w/ No Spill Blood
Nov 24, 2012 - Galway, Ireland @ Roisin Dubh
Nov 25, 2012 - Belfast, N. Ireland @ Speakeasy Bar

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402 Productions: Live Review & Photos Zechs Marquise at Great American Music Hall 8/7/12

Zechs Marquise played direct support on the show and was the only other band on the bill. Their most recent release, Getting Paid, was one of our top picks in 2011. Their psychedelic jam rock styling mixed with 4/4 hip hop beats which then weave back into mind-warping interludes is completely awe-inspiring. I’m actually fairly disappointed in San Francisco’s lack of coming to shows early, especially at The Great American. The venue’s floor space was maybe a third full when Zechs came on, and the crowd slowly trickled in after that. For those who came late — you missed out. I actually enjoyed “Everlasting Beacon of Light” sans vocals and obviously the mastery that is “Mega Slap” was phenomenal. I wish the crowd had a bit more pep in their step though — Zechs is better enjoyed moving the hips than it is cross-armed.




Written By Nick Wan All photos by David Wajsfelner See Full Slide Show & Review HERE.


EL PASO Show August 15th - We Are Finally Home - Come Celebrate


August 15th - Zechs Marquise return from the road to play their last show before heading off to Europe. Joining us are our family and friends Fang Island, Adebisi Shank, Eureka The Butcher & Sadah Luna, System A and Dang.
LET’S PARTY - Doors at 8pm / 18+

ZECHS LIVE USA
Aug 10, 2012 - West Hollywood, CA  @ Troubadour *!!
Aug 11, 2012 - Las Vegas, NV  @ LVCS w/ Magic Wands & The Moth & The Flame
Aug 12, 2012 - Phoenix, AZ @ Rhythm Room *!!
Aug 13, 2012 - Tucson, AZ  @ Club Congress *!!
Aug 14, 2012 - Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad *!!
Aug 15, 2012 - El Paso, TX @ The Lowbrow Palace *!!
* w/ Fang Island
!! w/ Adebisi Shank

Oh and LAS VEGAS we will be headlining this show on August 11th!


Zechs Marquise Meet Up with Fang Island & Announce Headline EU Tour Dates


Zechs Marquise will be keeping it live and on the road. Just finishing up their co-headline tour tonight, July 27th in Philadelphia with And So I Watch You From Afar  they will then meet up with more Sargent House family for some US shows with Fang Island and Adebisi Shank. Then they head off for their first Headlining European Tour in support of their latest release Getting Paid. Let’s do this.

SEE ALL SHOW DETAILS, UPDATES, TICKET LINKS HERE

ZECHS MARQUISE USA
Jul 29, 2012 - Saint Louis, MO @ Off Broadway *
Jul 30, 2012 - Kansas City, MO @ Czar Bar *
Aug 01, 2012 - Denver, CO  @ Larimer Lounge *
Aug 02, 2012 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Vertigo at The Complex *
Aug 03, 2012 - Boise, ID @ Neurolux*
Aug 04, 2012 - Portland, OR  @ Hawthorne Theatre *
Aug 05, 2012 - Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile *
Aug 07, 2012 - San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall *
Aug 10, 2012 - West Hollywood, CA  @ Troubadour *!!
Aug 11, 2012 - Las Vegas, NV  @ LVCS w/ Magic Wands & The Moth & The Flame
Aug 12, 2012 - Phoenix, AZ @ Rhythm Room *!!
Aug 13, 2012 - Tucson, AZ  @ Club Congress *!!
Aug 14, 2012 - Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad *!!
Aug 15, 2012 - El Paso, TX @ The Lowbrow Palace
* w/ Fang Island
!! w/ Adebisi Shank

ZECHS MARQUISE EU TOUR 2012
Oct 19, 2012 - Oberhausen, Germany @ Druckluft
Oct 20, 2012 - Stuttgart, Germany @ Zwoelfzhen
Oct 21, 2012 - Hamburg, Germany @ HafenKlang
Oct 23, 2012 - Antwerp, Belgium @ Trix
Oct 24, 2012 - Arnhem, Netherlands @ Willemeen
Oct 25, 2012 - Offenbach, Germany @ Hafen 2
Oct 26, 2012 - Terneuzen, Netherlands @ De Pit
Oct 27, 2012 - Basingstoke, UK @ Bang Bar
Oct 28, 2012 - Brighton, UK @ The Haunt
Oct 29, 2012 - Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
Oct 30, 2012 - London, UK @ The Old Blue Last
Oct 31, 2012 - Paris, France @ Espace B
Nov 1, 2012 - Aarau, Switzerland @ Kiff
Nov 2, 2012 - Basel, Switzerland @ Hirscheneck
Nov 3, 2012 - Delemont, Switzerland @ SAS
Nov 4, 2012 - Tarbes, France @ Le Celtic Pub
Nov 5, 2012 - Toulouse, France @ Le Saint des Seins
Nov 6, 2012 - Torino, Italy @ Blah Blah
Nov 7, 2012 - Seregno, Italy @ Tambourine
Nov 8, 2012 - Rome, Italy @ Init
Nov 9, 2012 - Florence, Italy @ Viper Theater
Nov 10, 2012 - Zagreb, Croatia @ Kset
Nov 11, 2012 - Vienna, Austria @ Rhiz
Nov 12, 2012 - Budapest, Hungary @ A38
Nov 13, 2012 - Berlin, Germany @ Marie-Antionette
Nov 14, 2012 - Copenhagen, Denmark @ KB18
Nov 15, 2012 - Trondheim, Norway @ Blaest
Nov 16, 2012 - Oslo, Norway @ Parkteatret
Nov 17, 2012 - Kristiansand, Norway @ Haandverkeren
Nov 20, 2012 - Brno, Czech Republic@ Fleda
Nov 21, 2012 - Graz, Austria @ Forum Stadtpark
Nov 23, 2012 - Dublin, Ireland @ Workman’s Club
Nov 24, 2012 - Galway, Ireland @ Roisin Dubh
Nov 25, 2012 - Belfast, N. Ireland @ Speakeasy Bar

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QRO Magazine’s Live Review // Zechs Marquise // Louisville, KY




And So I Watch You From Afar and Zechs Marquise both trade in intricate instrumental music that often gets lumped into post-rock by default.  However, one listen demonstrates how different these bands are from each other, as well as the rest of the post-rock world.  Those with the luxury of catching their current summer co-headlining U.S. tour can witness this firsthand.

Given how intricate and layered the music of these bands is, it would be a shame to see this show at a venue with inferior sound.  Luckily, the host on July 17th was Headliners in Louisville, the standard for sound in Kentuckiana.  Opening was Interstates, native Louisvillians who specialize in playing very compelling, tight, typical post-rock.

Zechs Marquise was up next, and they immediately let everyone know that things were going to be a little different.  Distinctly more funky than anything else that could be called post-rock, their sound bore at least as much resemblance to Frank Zappa having a circus music phase.  In reality, it is likely that the only reason that they have ever been called post-rock by anyone is due to their instrumental nature.  ‘Prog’ is much more fitting, and not surprising considering that more than half the band are brothers of The Mars Volta’s Omar Rodríguez-López, including drummer Marcel Rodríguez-López, who is himself a member of The Mars Volta (QRO album review).  Despite the music being very complex, their playing was as tight as could be, often coming forth in one deep, layered timbre instead of sounding like the work of multiple instruments. - Aaron Fath for QRO Magazine

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DON’T MISS ZECHS MARQUISE ON TOUR WITH FANG ISLAND - SEE ALL DATES


Live from Louisville


Zechs Marquise live at Headliner’s Music Hall on July 17, 2012. Audio by 45Sound and video shot by Andy Coles. Check out more videos from this show and more at
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Zechs Marquise Air the dirt with Dirty Laundry TV

 
Zechs Marquise stopped in to the Laundromat while in LA right after their tour with At The Drive In and aired their dirt to Dirty Laundry TV.

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MTV IGGY // Family Time: Rockers Zechs Marquise on Brotherly Love and Hip-Hop


El Paso-based prog band Zechs Marquise released Our Delicate Stranded Nightmare in 2009 and the much tighter and more original Getting Paid on On Rodriguez Lopez Productions via Sargent House in 2011. Getting Paid received appreciative reviews but the band was often written about in terms of the bassist and the drummer’s older sibling Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and his prog-rock band The Mars Volta. Zechs Marquise contains keyboardist Riko Rodriguez Lopez,  bassist/vocalist Marfred Rodriguez-Lopez and drummer Marcel Rodriguez-Lopez, who also plays keys in The Mars Volta.

It’s no coincidence that both bands have similar influences. “We get a lot of comparisons to Mars Volta because of our relation or whatever, but the main difference is that Marcel and I were heavily influenced by hip-hop, where our brother Omar was influenced by punk rock, and salsa. We were influenced by hip-hop and salsa. So, it has that dynamic. We were all in the same house growing up listening to the same music. You influence each other, living together for so long. You develop each others tastes in a weird way,” Marfred Rodriguez-Lopez says over the phone.

One might wonder if there could be any sibling rivalry among this clan of intense prog fiends. In a word: nope. The Rodriguez-Lopez members of The Mars Volta and Zechs Marquise tour with each other and gig with each other. Zechs Marquise opened when Omar Rodriquez Lopez’s earlier band At the Drive-In played a hometown reunion show. When they get done with all of that they take a break, in order to hang out with each other.

They are, in fact, doing exactly this when Marfred Rodriguez-Lopez answers his cell for the interview. The brothers are driving back to Texas with their dad after a weekend spent going to baseball games in Los Angeles. “All of us spend our fair share of time away from home, so it’s nice to get to have these last-minute trips with our dad,” says Marfred Rodriguez-Lopez. Empirically speaking, it is the sweetest thing ever.

Lately, reviews of the Zechs Marquise live show and the slow-building recognition for Getting Paid have be taking the band from status as the little brother of The Mar Volta to a known quantity in its own right. Note to aspiring indie rockers: a little touring had something to do with that. Also, Getting Paid is some fine music. The twelve instrumental tracks fuse funk and prog-rock without being tedious or anachronistic. Cerebral and psychedelic it might be, but it’s also brash and pugnacious: Old music for young heads by young heads. Rodriguez-Lopez confirms the secret ingredient is hip-hop.

“We were listening to these old hip-hop records that we hadn’t listened to in years. You know these bangers where you kind of nod your head and tap your foot? I like the feeling of a lot of these songs. A lot of hip-hop songs have that. That was one of the ways that hip-hop influenced Getting Paid. We liked that swing, that groove,” he says in a phone interview.

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