Local band Marmalade Suede has caused quite the buzz around the area lately, especially considering the group has only been together a few months. The group has a wide spectrum of influences including everything from jam, roots-rock, funk, country and even elements of jazz. Since their first show last September, the group has played the Blue Ox in Bemidji, Art Leap Music Festival in Nevis, Minn. and the Crooks Club in Crookston, Minn., as well as Fargo’s Nestor Tavern with new and upcoming local singer-songwriter group Jade & the Greenhouse.
The ingredients in Marmalade Suede have been percolating for years. It all started when vocalist and guitarist, Mike Scarsk started to jam with Detroit Lakes bassist Ryan Engberg. Some years later, both percussionists in the group, Carlee Kuhn and Shea Volker, joined and formed what was then, Vibes for the Tribes. After a few brief side-projects among the members, Marmalade Suede emerged when Mike and Nick Laid from their other project at the time, named Crockpot, teamed up with Vibes for the Tribes and played gigs together last summer.
“It was an instant match and after the first show, we all decided to refine the current songs and write new material together as a band,” Engberg says.
Since summer, all six members, including Hank Fiskevold on trumpet, keyboard and backing vocals, have been playing steadily together. The band plays mostly their own material, but it has also done covers from Grateful Dead, The Doors, Rage Against the Machine and Talking Heads.
“Our influences with a band of six people are unsurprisingly pretty diverse,” Engberg says.
The group plans for a busy summer performing and is also on track to make an appearance at Detroit Lakes’ Zorbaz in the coming months. Marmalade Suede has already played with some well-established groups in the jam community such as the Premiums and John Wayne & The Pain. Anyone interested in catching a preview before a show, check out their nine tracks from their show at Nevis’ Terrapin Station, which are available for free both on their Facebook page and their band page on Reverbnation.
This year, the band hopes to play more shows around the Fargo and Detroit Lakes areas. They also plan to perform at the Muskie Days Festival in Nevis and to record an album in the fall.
If anyone likes jam, funk or simply music to groove to, be sure to check these guys out. For updates on shows and upcoming music, check them out on Facebook and other band pages. With a momentous year ahead for the group with shows and recording their first studio album, Marmalade Suede should continue to supply fans with jams for quite some time.
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