Surrender to the Fantasy - DRAG CITY
FILTER Grade: 83%
By Jon Pruett on November 20, 2013
It has been a long time since they rocked and/or rolled. Four years in fact. And if you’re of the type who craves the primal, abrasive kind of rock and roll perpetuated by the Markers, this is a crime and a genuine loss to humanity. Up until 2009, MM dug into the earth and up with handfuls of CD-Rs and albums filled with psych dirges and blistering odes to wandering souls. The duo of Pete Nolan and Elisa Ambrogio are back with John Shaw (enlisted as permanent member) and holy flaming feedback does this album take off—simultaneously into deep space and murky waters. Ambrogio’s buried vocals sound both haunted and filled with wanderlust, weaving sweet melodies with bits of doomy prose rattled off like a State of the Union while the band create hootenannies of white noise and crusty Crazy Horse jams. And if “Bonfire” isn’t given an award for Most Nihilistic Blast Since Cabaret Voltaire’s “Nag Nag Nag,” then there’s no point to ever doing anything, ever.