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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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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 to perform at Neon Desert Music Festival & Shows with At The Drive In


Zechs Marquise just announced they will be playing with At The Drive In some shows in Texas before heading to Southern California also hitting Las Vegas on the way. In May they will head off to meet up with Maps & Atlases and Sister Crayon for 6 shows and a few of their own headliners to be announced soon. On May 26th they will play The Neon Desert Festival along side Rodriguez Lopez Productions label mates Le Butcherettes and Eureka The Butcher & Sadah Luna in Downtown El Paso, TX.

ZECHS MARQUISE LIVE
4/09  Austin, TX @ Red 7 with At The Drive In - SOLD OUT
4/10  Dallas, TX @ Trees with At The Drive In - SOLD OUT
4/12  Marfa, TX @ The Capri with At The Drive In - SOLD OUT
4/13  El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls with At The Drive In - SOLD OUT
4/15  Las Vegas, NV @ Layla’s Garden
4/16  Fullerton, CA @ Commonwealth Lounge
4/18  Hollywood, CA @ Harvard & Stone
4/19  Palm Springs, CA @ Desert Days Moon Block Party

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  TBA on 4/22

5/26  El Paso, TX @ Neon Desert Music Festival

Stay tuned for more dates to be announced soon. Follow @zechsband for news.
And check HERE for all show details and updates


Zechs Marquise Head West for Shows then East for shows with Maps & Atlases


Zechs Marquise
are headed to Southern California in April for 3 shows and hitting Las Vegas on the way out before ending up at the mid week answer to Coachella The Desert Days Moon Block Party. In May they will head off to meet up with Maps & Atlases and Sister Crayon for 6 shows and a few of their own headliners to Be announced soon.

ZECHS MARQUISE LIVE
4/15  Las Vegas, NV @ Layla’s Garden
4/16  Fullerton, CA @ Commonwealth Lounge
4/18  Hollywood, CA @ Harvard & Stone
4/19  Palm Springs, CA @ Desert Days Moon Block Party

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  TBA on 4/22

Stay tuned for more dates to be announced soon. Follow @zechsband for news.
And check HERE for all show details and updates


ZECHS MARQUISE AT SXSW 2012 - FULL SCHEDULE 

Wednesday March 14th
Zechs Marquise - Zorch Party House - Invite

Thursday March 15th
Zechs Marquise - NACO Official SXSW - The Flamingo Cantina @ 10:00pm

Friday March 16th
Zechs Marquise - Terroreyes.TV  Day Party - Music Makers @ 2:00pm
Zechs Marquise - Sargent House/1656 Music Official SXSW - Bat Bar @12:05am
(Eureka The Butcher - Playing between sets all night)

Saturday March 18th
Zechs Marquise  - Goodbye South By/Beauty Bar - Beauty Bar @11:00pm


click here for full Sargent House SXSW schedule



Sargent House & 1656 Music Official SXSW Show- March 16th at Bat Bar

Sargent House and 1656 Music presents our official SXSW show lineup for Friday, March 16th at Bat Bar - 218 E. 6th Street with the following bands. 

Deafheaven - 1:00am 
Zechs Marquise - 12:05am 
Chelsea Wolfe - 11:10pm 
And So I Watch You From Afar - 10:15pm 
Indian Handcrafts - 9:20pm 
Marriages - 8:25pm 
Gypsyblood - 7:30pm 

W/ special guest sets from Eureka The Butcher between bands

Stay tuned, we will be posting FULL band schedules for all their shows soon.


Zechs Marquise make Remezcla’s top 25 Tracks of 2011

Our original Best Songs of 2011 list was over twice as long and we wish to include them all, but twenty-five is the number, folks, and not all are suited for the Best of 2011 title. These below were the ones that were set on repeat in our heads, we bonded to, we celebrated and got piss drunk, made us laugh, made us cry and made us fall in love.

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# 25 “Everlasting Beacon of Light”
by Zechs Marquise
Album: Getting Paid
[USA/Puerto Rico]

If I was from the past and somehow through time travel, woke up in 2011, the epic 7 and 1/2 minute long “Everlasting Beacon of Light” would blow my mind…Oh wait, I am from this time and it STILL blows an everlasting beacon of light into my skull. Probably the most artistic, prog rock-y song on this list, and still probably the best song to get a lapdance to. If this doesn’t make you want to get naked I don’t know what will. Words can’t even describe how brilliant this song is. Listen for yourself. -Stephen Christopher

Full list (which also includes label mates Le Butcherettes!) can be seen here.


Slug Magazine reviews Getting paid

Zechs Marquise = The Mars Volta + Cougar + RJD2

You will one day—perhaps, in your dreams—see the most badass, most ballingest, stylish, hardcore, potent piece of gangster movie ever sucked through someone’s eyeballs, and then as the credits roll, under “Soundtrack,” you will see the name Zechs Marquise. Though it’s not the warrior from Gundam Wing, but rather a reference to him, the appreciation for the dramatic is the same here, and the swagger is tripled. These guys make lounge rock for tweakers or post-rock for kids who wear trenchcoats. If you’re sufficiently lost in its conceit, you can almost believe it is the hip hop that the name Getting Paid implies, produced by someone with an eye for lush timbre and old-school R&B production—maybe RJD2? The comparison with the Mars Volta is the closest, but instead of freakouts that leave you a little lost, these grooves have an attention span that isn’t so much shorter than yours; plus, you can dance to it. Fierce drums and heavy bass form a rhythm section that allows keys, elaborate guitar escapades, and the occasional haunting vocals to do their psychedelic but ultimately pleasantly hooky thing with abandon. Think 70s funk mixed with future rock and genius-level virtuosity. I’ll be on the lookout for these guys playing live, because with an album name like Getting Paid, you know they have to break a sweat.

–Rio Connelly


Surviving the Golden Age Reviews: “Getting Paid” 8.5/10

Zechs Marquise: Getting Paid
Zechs Marquise must have a great sense of irony to name their new record Getting Paid. I say that because Zech Marquise play instrumental prog-rock, not exactly a cash cow genre. Yet I must admit that their sophomore album is infinitely more accessible than their debut.

The band’s debut album, Our Delicate Stranded Nightmare was a difficult piece to be sure. It bounced from soft symphonic music to freak out noise crescendos. Getting Paid is a much more even keel record. It sounds like the band came to the studio ready to party.

The album opens with the titular track. The track borrows influence simultaneously from Edgar Winter‘s “Frankenstein” and the soundtrack to Killer of Sheep. The track is funky and experimental and reminds me a little of RJD2‘s “The Horror.”
A good majority of the album keeps the same general vibe. The songs that delineate are the tracks with guest vocalists. The album features appearances by Matt Embree and Sunnie Baker. These tracks do pale in comparison to their instrumental brethren but do not sully the album.

Considering instrumental prog-rock is not a genre I often get to cover or generally listen to, Getting Paid really caught my attention. The album manages to make a genre that is generally inaccessible feel almost mainstream worthy.
Rating: 8.5/10   / 
by Adam Morgan 


Zechs Marquise Interview: Getting Paid & The Seeming Rise of Instrumental Bands

L-R: Matt Wilkson, Riko Rodriguez-Lopez, Marfred Rodriguez-Lopez, Marcos Smith, and Marcel Rodriguez-Lopez

On a warm autumn day in Southern California over cold beer and YouTube videos, the members of Zechs Marquise talk of their recent boating experience.

"It was a day off [during the RX Bandits farewell tour] and we all went to [Shasta Lake],” bassist Marfred Rodriguez-Lopez explains. Drummer Marcel Rodriguez-Lopez (who also handles percussion duties in The Mars Volta) chimes in, “[RX Bandits] rented a boat for us!”

An El Paso instrumental group comprised of three brothers and two childhood friends, Zechs Marquise has been doing much more than plain sailing at sea. This year alone, the band has completed stints alongside Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Group, as well as the aforementioned RX Bandits farewell trek. In September, the band released its sophomore studio album Getting Paid — a record, the group says, that encompasses the beauty of songwriting.

"We’ve definitely worked a lot more on arranging our music as of recently," guitarist Matt Wilkson comments, adding that the band would play shows in the early days with 20-minute songs. "Not everyone wants to sit through that."

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Al Borde Interviews Marfred and Marcel of Zechs Marquise

Getting Paid is a reinvention of Zech Marquise’s psychedelic-progressive rock groove where Marcel, Rikardo, and Marfred Rodriguez Lopez, brothers to Mars Volta’s Omar Rodriguez Lopez, introduce a different approach to laying out an album and for the first time ever, crack out some vocals to accompany their riffs and beats.


Here’s their take on the outcome of the album just one day after its release, and a peek into their live performance at L.A.’s The Airliner on September 28th. More Fall 2011 dates can be seen here.


MTV Tr3s Exclusiva: Marfred Rodriguez Lopez Dishes On ‘Getting Paid’

Forget the Van Halens, if you want to know about a true musical dynasty, look no further than the Rodriguez-Lopez’s! In between Omar, Marcel, and Marfred, these talented hermanos are changing the face of free-form jamming. Omar and Marcel’s Mars Volta outfit has won Grammys and made major dents on the Billboard charts. And Marfred’s ensemble, Zechs Marquise, is making big musical strides too, particularly with their new release, Getting Paid.

"We had a ton of fun making Getting Paid,” Marfred told us in an exclusive interview. “We spent a lot of time on the songs and were really happy with the end result.”

Described by critics as an “otherworldly groove album,” Paid features all of the prog rock elements that Volta fans have come to love. Zechs had previously gotten attention for their 2008 debut, Our Delicate Stranded Nightmare. Though he was proud of that work, Marfred explained that Nightmare was a much darker record and differs greatly from Getting Paid.

"Our last record was very dark and moody," he explained. "But this one has a lot more light. It’s way more colorful and it has more energy."

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Getting Paid: Full Album Trailer


ZECHS MARQUISE - Getting Paid - out tomorrow! September 27, 2011

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Getting Paid: An Interview with Marfred Rodriguez-Lopez of Sci-Fi Funk Group Zechs Marquise


(l - r) Marcos Smith, Matthew Wilkson, Marfred Rodriguez-Lopez, Marcel Rodriguez-Lopez and Rikardo Rodriguez-Lopez

Imagine a soundtrack for a blaxploitation film starring Shaft in outer space and you’ll have an idea of what Zechs Marquise’s second album, Getting Paid, sounds like. The album is a harder, funkier successor to the group’s full-length debut Our Delicate Stranded Nightmare, which favored ambience and mellow dub.

I spoke with bassist Marfred Rodriguez-Lopez over the phone about the album as well as a number of other topics including why the band is playing at a strip club in Hollywood, bass lines in latin cumbias and west coast hip-hop, Japanese anime, the period of time the band was named Mastodon, and a certain famous sibling.

So you have a few shows coming up next week.

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