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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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Zechs Marquise Add Another Tour in August with Fang Island & Adebisi Shank

Zechs Marquise will be joining Fang Island’s headline tour promoting their new album Major coming out on July 24th, 2012 on Sargent House. Zechs will be meeting up with them right off the back of our tour with And So I Watch You From Afar . Joining us on a few shows as well will be Sargent House's other Irish lads Adebisi Shank  - P.A.R.T.Y.

ZECHS MARQUISE // FANG ISLAND & ADEBISI SHANK  2012 TOUR
07/29 St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway *
07/30 Kansas City, MO @ Czar Bar *
08/01 Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge *
08/03 Boise, ID @ Neurolux *
08/04 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre *
08/05 Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile *
08/07 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall *
08/10 Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour * !!
08/11 Las Vegas, NV @ LVCS
08/12 Phoenix, AZ @ The Rhythm Room * !!
08/13 Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress * !!
08/14 Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad * !!
08/15 El Paso, TX @ Low Brow Palace

* w/ Fang Island
 !! w/ Adebisi Shank

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Zechs Marquise Announce Tour Dates to Co Headline With And So I Watch You From Afar - July 2012


Zechs Marquise will be touring this Summer with And So I Watch You From Afar our Sargent House brothers from Belfast, Ireland. We met them at SXSW this year and believe us they shred. These shows will be a lot of fun. There may still be a few more shows added so keep an eye out for updates HERE and always make sure to check directly with venue websites for door times/ set times and age restrictions. and thanks Pat Cartelli for that rad art you made up above!

May 26th - El Paso, TX @ Neon Desert Festival

ZECHS MARQUISE & AND SO I WATCH YOU FROM AFAR- 2012
Jun 30th - Anaheim, CA  @ Chain Reaction
Jul 1st - San Diego, CA  @ The Casbah
Jul 2nd - Phoenix, AZ @ Rhythm Room
Jul 4th - San Antonio, TX  @ The White Rabbit
Jul 5th - Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s
Jul 6th - Austin, TX @ Red 7 

Jul 7th - Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
Jul 8th - Norman, OK @ The Opolis
Jul 10th - St Louis, MO @ The Firebird w/ Gypsyblood
Jul 11th - Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen w/ Gypsyblood
Jul 12th - Lansing, MI @ Mac’s Bar
Jul 13th - Toledo, OH  @ Mickey Finns
Jul 14th - Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
Jul 16th - Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose
Jul 17th - Louisville, KY @ Headliner’s Music Hall
Jul 18th - Nashville, TN @ 12th & Porter
Jul 19th - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
Jul 20th - Gainesville, FL @ 1982 Bar
Jul 21st - St Petersburg, FL @ local 662 
Jul 22nd - Mobile, AL @ Alabama Music Box
Jul 24th - Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 
Jul 25th - Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
Jul 26th - Cambridge, MA @ T.T. the Bears
Jul 27th - New York City, NY @ The Studio at Webster Hall w/ Brontide
Jul 28th - Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie w/ Brontide

ALL UPDATED ZECHS MARQUISE SHOWS & DETAILS HERE


Best New Bands: Live Review of Zechs Marquise at Glasslands




…This show was also another confirmation of how Maps & Atlases have great taste in the supporting bands they bring on tour with them. Sister Crayon, opened, and then there was El Paso psych funk band Zechs Marquise. The core of this band is a trio of brothers; Marcel Rodriguez-Lopez, Marfred Rodriguez-Lopez, and Rikardo Rodriguez-Lopez, who also happen to have another brother by the name of Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, who you may have heard of in relation to The Mars Volta. Drummer Marcel wasn’t at this show, but the drummer that played with them held it down with percussive stealth, not to mention his beard almost passing for a 6th member of the band.

Regardless of the band’s hairy prowess and higher profile relations, they really brought out some jams, and they brought it hard. They describe their sound as being funk from the future, and if the future of funk is a much heavier, blown out, almost hardcore funk, then that description is pretty accurate. Also, the fact that they’re on Sargent House with the likes of Tera Melos and Chelsea Wolfe makes total sense. Minutes after their set, tweets started popping up in the feed about the band’s impressive set. I think Zechs blew some people’s minds that night.

Zechs Marquise has just announced summer tour dates with And So I Watch You From Afar, so kids across the nation will be able to have their ears blown proper. ” - read the Full show Review by Kelly Knapp

See all future Zechs Marquise scheduled Shows HERE


Zechs Marquise May Tour w/ Maps & Atlases & Sister Crayon & Neon Desert Festival


Coming off playing a bunch of history making, sold out shows with At The Drive In in April, Zechs Marquise will head East to join up with Maps & Atlases and Sister Crayon for some shows. Then they will head home to El Paso to play the Neon Desert Fest  along with label mates Le Butcherettes and many other great bands.

* MAPS & ATLASES , ZECHS MARQUISE, SISTER CRAYON
5/14  Columbus, OH @ The Basement *
5/15  Akron, OH @ Musica*
5/16  Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern*
5/17  Ithaca, NY @ The Haunt*
5/18  Cambridge, MA @ The Middle East *
5/19  Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands *

5/21  Atlanta, GA @ The Earl w/ Issness & Odist
5/26  El Paso, TX @ Neon Desert Music Festival

Stay tuned for more dates to be announced soon with And So I Watch You From Afar in July. Follow @zechsband for news.
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Zechs Marquise Interview/Show Review - Red 7 Austin, TX




Last summer I had the privilege of seeing Zechs Marquise in their infancy. The show was expansive, proggy, and thought provoking. The crowd was interested, but to say blood and fists were pumping would be a stretch. This past Monday, Zech’s opened for At the Drive In and their new material has lifted their live show to a completely new height. To say it’s simply the new material would be insufficient. The band’s whole energy has found a new plane. Zechs played with a new found confidence that amped the already bristling crowd. Marfred Rodriguez-Lopez (bass) mentioned toward the end of their set that the audience was most likely charged because of the first At the Drive In show in more than a decade, which was minutes away. However, this was a dose of misguided self criticism. Openers for big shows are never guaranteed an electric show, but the crowd got behind Zechs Marquise in a big way.

Most in attendance were not expecting much from a group many viewed to be simply the band with a bunch of Omar Rodriguez-Lopez’s (The Mars Volta, At the Drive In, etc.) little brothers. Of those around me in the crowd, nearly every person commented on Zechs with delighted surprise. A couple of guys next to me kept saying, “What the fuck! This is amazing!”. Zechs’ jazzy groove-prog hooks grabbed the crowd, and their energy shook them until their legs were convinced that it was, in fact, okay to dance at a prog show.

Zech’s entire persona has evolved. This time last year, Marfred’s show presence was that of a down home musician, happy to be able to play in front of a pumped crowd. This time around, Zechs knows they deserve to kill it. Moreso, Zechs’ live performance was a pleasant, heavy-as-shit, hip-checking, surprise. Getting Paid certainly upped ZM’s game in terms of what they could do with a crowd, but that’s far from the whole story. In every aspect, Zech’s live show has been upped. Marcos and Matt on guitar are exponentially more potent, Marfred’s bass finds a more visceral groove, Marcel on drums allows for breath-stealing rhythmic tricks with mathy precision, and Rikardo’s synth finds a sick pocket to work within. Honestly, they sound like a completely new band. A band that knows they belong at the front of a crowd, being part of a new generation of prog rockers who’ve figured out how to get prog lovers to shake their ass to a bass line.

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Zechs Marquise live from Tree’s in Dallas, TX on April 10, 2012 opening for At The Drive In. See more Photos by Bobby Longoria of both bands.


This Is Not A Scene, It’s A Review of Zechs Marquise “Getting Paid”



One cursory glance at the cover of the latest album, Getting Paid by El Paso based Zechs Marquise would lead the listener to believe they were about to listen to an album of intense bass laden funk or an album of children’s songs by the Animal Kwackers. Three of the band members are brothers Marcel, Marfred and Rikardo Rodriguez-Lopez, who are brothers of The Mars Volta’s Omar, so a certain rich family heritage in progressive music may be apparent from the offset. The production is razor sharp as is befitting an album that is both technically proficient and intricate, as it is soulful and, yes, funky as hell.

The title track, and opening piece ‘Getting Paid’ starts with an echo which is reminiscent of any number of electronic synthesiser tunes, before the funk encumbered bass pushes any belief of that aside to make way for a mathematically complex series of riffs and phrases which mark out the characteristics of this album early on. ‘Lock Jaw Night Vision’ retains the qualities of the previous track, but is somehow also infused with further levels of energy, exhilaration and haste which give it a need to sweep the funk to one side. There are any number of tempo and mood changes within its’ 5 short minutes to bewilder the first time listener.

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