Lola Marsh Infused Their Unique Sound With Life At Banger’s During SXSW THOUGHTS+PHOTOS: Lola Marsh @ Banger's | SXSW 3/14/18
AUSTIN, TX- For most of our SXSW artist coverage, we’ll keep it relatively short and sweet. We have over 80 artists to cover, so cut us some slack! 😉 We’ll basically be formatting each post into two parts: (1) Why our contributor wanted to see this act and (2) what our contributor thought of the performance”. Easy peasy. If you want to learn more about the act, make sure you click through to their social media links to get in the know. You won’t be disappointed!
Why I Wanted To See Lola Marsh: Lola Marsh is an Israeli indie pop band from Tel Aviv that was founded by Gil Landau (Guitars, Keyboards) and Yael Shoshana Cohen (Vocals) in 2013. I had actually heard of the band years ago when their single “You’re Mine” got significant attention from various publications. It was an intriguing recording to me as it seemed to meld folk and alt rock elements seamlessly.
When their debut album came out, I listened to it a couples of times to distill whether it still had the same magic that caught my attention that “You’re Mine” embodied.
The album seemed to lean into various genres for certain tracks. In my humble opinion, “Remember Roses”, “She’s A Rainbow” leaned more Alternative; “The Wind” and “Wishing Girl” leaned more Folk; while tracks like “Bluebird” and “Sirens” seemed to hit that “You’re Mine” balance. Yael’s vocals are able to handle both styles with ease. I wanted to see the them live to get an idea of how the music presented itself in a live setting.
What I Thought Of Lola Marsh’s Performance: I had envisioned two ways the Lola Marsh performance could have turned out. It could have been a rabble rousing, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes type of performance or a sultry Lana Del Rey kind of performance. The music/setlist could have lended itself to either type of performance. As it turned out, Lola Marsh’s performance was more akin to the latter.
With Yael dancing about on stage as her band player behind her, and as she encouraged the audience to clap and sing along throughout the brisk 40 minute set, the band did their admirable best to leave a favorable impression on the audience with a level of energy and enthusiasm that can be hard to find during siesta time. Even during their ballads, everybody in the band swayed to the rhythm to give the romantic tempo a little life.