Marion Walker is a 3-piece psych-rock band of sweethearts with sharp teeth. Their music is a head-on collision between doomy, bleak worlds and fuzzed-out, technicolor tones.
Marion Walker is fronted by songwriters Jessie Marion Smith (Saint Genet, Dead Bird Movement) and Kyle Walker Akins (Think in French, Yesir) in collaboration with drummer Donovan Jordan Williams (Spitting Image, Penetration Panthers). Jessie and Kyle formed Marion Walker in 2012 and split their time between Reno, NV and Seattle, WA.
In June 2015, Marion Walker will release their tape EP Serious Picnic on Casino Trash Records (Seattle, WA). Look for them in May/June 2015 on their full US tour in support of Serious Picnic and several other exciting releases (including a split 7” with Plastic Caves and a 12” compilation featuring songs from 14 Reno bands).
Jessie and Kyle are working artists in addition to their musical pursuits. Jessie is a choreographer, dancer, and filmmaker. Kyle is a visual artist, sound engineer, and filmmaker. They bring their collective experience in these other mediums into every aspect of Marion Walker.
Marion Walker’s Serious Picnic tape EP comes out on Casino Trash Records (Seattle, WA) on June 23, 2015. Though technically a 3-part suite, the 11-minute and 11-second EP is meant to be consumed in its entirety, as one whole beast.
The EP opens up with, “Seriously,” a bouncy fuzzed out eulogy, and blasts straight into the churning, heady vibes of “Silver Drone.” Then “Volunteers” leads you into an electric abyss and finally spits you out in a bittersweet epilogue.
The initial melodies for Serious Picnic were developed while trapped in the van on a rainy trip in The Smoky Mountains, and later, while hiding out in the attic above a friend’s bar in Asheville, NC. The songs were polished in the corner of a wood shop in the steamy backwoods of Florida and recorded upon Marion Walker’s return to their home-base on the West Coast in early 2015.
Summer Tour Dates:
May 16 – Stockton, CA @ Rebels Whiskeyhouse
May 17 – San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock Tavern
May 18 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Streetlight Records
May 19 – Monterey, CA @ East Village Coffee Lounge
May 20 – Fresno, CA @ Cafe Infoshop
May 21 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bigfoot Lodge
May 23 – Tucson, AZ @ Gary’s Place
May 26 – Austin, TX @ Trailer Space Records
May 27 – Houston, TX @ Super Happy Fun Land
May 28 – Mobile, AL @ The Blind Mule
May 29 – Panama City, FL @ Vinyl Press
May 31 – Tampa, FL @ Tre Amici The Bunker
Jun 05 – Atlanta, GA @ The Drunken Unicorn
Jun 06 – Asheville, NC @ Tiger Mountain
Jun 07 – Greensboro, NC @ Empire Books
Jun 08 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Retro Cafe
Jun 09 – Raleigh, NC @ Slim’s Downtown
Jun 10 – Washington, DC @ Tree House Lounge
Jun 11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Everybody Hits
Jun 13 – New York, NY @ Fat Baby
Jun 14 – Cambridge, MA @ Out of the Blue Gallery
Jun 15 – Providence, RI @ Dusk
Jun 16 – Warwick, NY @ Village Billiards
Jun 17 – Buffalo, NY @ D.O.P.E. Collective
Jun 19 – Dayton, OH @ Blind Bob’s
Jun 23 – Salt Lake City, UT @ DIABOLICAL RECORDS
Jun 24 – Boise, ID @ Crazy Horse
Jun 25 – Portland, OR @ The Foggy Notion
Jun 26 – Seattle, WA @ Black Lodge/Victory Lounge
Jun 27 – Tacoma, WA @ The Fifth Dimension