Zechs Marquise will play The Speakeasy this November for what will be the band's first ever Belfast show.
The Texan quintet, including the Mars Volta's Marcel Rodriguez-Lopez, released their second album Getting Paid on Sargent House in October of last year and are set to tour the United States alongside label-mates And So I Watch You From Afar this summer.
Zechs Marquise formed in El Paso in the spring of 2003, taking its name from a popular Japanese anime character.
In June 2006 the band released 34:26, a live improvised set culled from their frequent west coast tours. The group's first proper full length Our Delicate Stranded Nightmare was produced and recorded by the band throughout 2008.
In May 2009, Zechs Marquise signed on to the management roster at Sargent House and released Our Delicate Stranded Nightmare in August of that year through Rodriguez Lopez Productions.
In the years since Zechs Marquise have toured extensively throughout the U.S., proving to be a formidable live act supporting Omar Rodriguez Lopez Group and RX Bandits as well as leading their own headlining tours.
Not only have they reached new plateaus of entrancing riffs and rhythms, but Getting Paid also integrates vocals on select songs, including guest performances by vocalist/guitarist Matthew Embree (RX Bandits, The Sound Of Animals Fighting) and El Paso singer Sonny Baker.
The album was entirely produced and engineered by Marcel. "We started off recording percussion to sequencers and loops," he explains. "I chopped those sounds up and arranged them.
"From there, were wrote the album with each of us coming in and playing on top of it. Kind of like a hip-hop song."
Considering the hectic tour schedules of both Zechs Marquise and The Mars Volta (in which Marcel plays keyboards and percussion), the band was forced to work on the album over an extended period of time in between both band's tours.
"It gave us a lot of time to get perspective on the songs," Marfred says.
"We're really happy with and proud of this record. We wanted something to represent our live energy."
“Getting Paid is sure to delight not only the Mars Volta fans out there, but also anyone with a passing fancy for artists ranging from Geddy Lee to Jack White.” - Delusions of Adequacy
“Getting Paid is nothing but a precise groove of excellence.” - Absolute Punk