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The first time I heard Marion Walker, I strolled in at the last minute of The Loving Cup and heard their last two songs. Those two songs were enough to get me hooked. The two main members of Marion Walker, Kyle Walker Akins and Jesse Marion Smith, had created this rich decadent rock and roll vibe without being cheesy and rewashed. The lush, breathing guitar tones so easily nestled into the interesting but not overly complicated rhythmic work within the structure of each song. There is no exception for the song on this split. “You Knew The Risk” continues the trend of oddly captivating song titles that I probably enjoy a little bit more than acceptable. This track is warm, wet, and seductive.

On a completely different spectrum, here comes a screaming steamroller of spooky confidence going by the name of Plastic Caves. I have yet to be disappointed when I hear something that these gentlemen create. Though they are not trying to “revolutionize what music is” with their music, that’s fine by me. Their powerful bass riffs, exotic and intricate drumming, and soaked (even in this drought) guitar solos give an aggressive cathedral-like post punk energy that does not let go. “Silent Cell” is a perfect example of what they do so well.

This Marion Walker/Plastic Caves 7” split will be sold at Marion Walkers Kickoff Tour Show at Lincoln Lounge this Friday starting at 8 pm and only $3. Along with the two bands on this split, there will be a black hole inducing performance by Yesir. This is not to be missed. Tune into their live performance and interview on Live in the 775!

Written by: Watson Meyer