Volume 92, Issue 35

Thursday, November 5, 1998

a little bit louder now


Underground sound

By Terry Warne
Gazette Staff

Unlike the flower of the same name, the band Marigold does not burst with radiance and whimsy. In fact, singer/songwriter Rob Szabo's lyrics are riding the confrontational express last stop – in your face.

"Music to soothe you and lyrics to enrage you," would be an appropriate tag for the Kitchener band, who are about to release their new album, Benefit Of The Doubt. On the song "Beautiful," Szabo sings to a lover "you never tell me that I'm beautiful anymore, you only treat me like a medical condition."

Or, how's this for cheer – Szabo croons "you're the accident that never happens," on the song "Tragedy."

"The album looks at individuals, trying to be individuals in a world that forces you to be a clone," Szabo says, of searching for a lyrical theme. In effect, the album explores the opposition between fitting in and striking a blow against convention.

In spite of the lyrical content, the music comes across with an ethereal, almost delicate quality. Unobtrusive at first, the music slowly envelops the listener without warning – one cannot help but think of Radiohead. This is a comparison Szabo welcomes.

"As far as I'm concerned, [Radiohead is] the only band that matters as far as rock music goes these days, so I guess it shows." Szabo believes the music his band plays is not easily classified, but he will describe it. "It is pop music, centered around a strong vocal and melody. That would probably be the common thread, other than that, stylistically, it's pretty varied."

Like every other Canadian band trying to forge a niche in the music scene, Marigold has trekked across Canada many a time. Szabo has been very impressed by the way the band has been received.

"Going across Canada has been great, people really dug what we were doing. It's very rewarding to go into a town where you don't know a single person and play and have people take it at face value," laughs Szabo. "Your mom isn't sitting in the back clapping for you."

During their live show, Marigold tries to create an atmosphere conducive to a good old fashioned rock show.

"We do a lot of improv, certain songs are extended significantly – we just want to get the crowd into it," Szabo claims. When asked to summarize their live show, he becomes quite loquacious. "I don't know. It's like a real rock thing."

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