MARRIAGE MATERIAL: Keeping the Love Alive, Part 2: 7”EP

I must confess that Marriage Material’s first 7” passed me by. I have no excuse to offer as to why I didn’t check it out; it just is what it is. Now a quartet having apparently been a trio, Marriage Material does a darn good job of mixing the driven delivery of Radioactivity—the single is mixed by Jeff Burke of Radioactivity/Marked Men—with the slightly off-kilter approach of Toys That Kill. It took me a few listens to put those pieces together, but once I had that enlightenment, it was as clear as day. Despite those reference points, the band still manages to forge its own musical identity with much aplomb. This stands out for the fact that all four songs are all equally good. The quality is high from start to finish, with memorable hooks and choruses aplenty. I’ve already started waiting (impatiently) for an album. –Rich Cocksedge (Dirt Cult, [email protected], dirtcultrecords.wordpress.com)