Chase Weinacht and Josh Halpern are the front men of Marmalakes, an Austin-based band that released their debut full-length recording Please Don't Stop on May 11. Marmalakes is not a new band though; in fact they're celebrating their 10th anniversary this year. And while Marmalakes is the pair's current focus, both men are active in other bands; Weinacht with The Hermits, who will also release a new record soon, and Halpern with Shearwater, The Dan Ryan and Palo Duro.
Weinacht is the Marmalakes guitarist and songwriter while Halpern plays drums and handles production. Both sing, with Weinacht handling most of the lead vocals. The band plays indie rock and the selection on Please Don't Stop ranges from the delicate and introspective "New Sweden" to the rollicking "Milwaukee," an at-times psychedelic rocker complete with a mid-song false ending. "Canvases of Lakes" is a fairly quiet number that's highlighted with rich harmony vocals; the album-closing "Cancer Salute" also benefits from harmony vocals and the song is brighter than you might expect from a song with "cancer" in the title. That's a common trait throughout, and it is Weinacht's ability to sound plaintive over an upbeat melody that makes the songs of Please Don't Stop so endearing.
Marmalakes is currently on tour and a complete list of dates is available on the band's Facebook page here