MARSHMELLOW OVERCOAT “ON SAFARI” CD
Review by Michael McKenna
PA Music Scene.com
How could you describe a band with the name Marshmellow Overcoat? The way I see it you can say they are a band that adheres to the values of the music from the 60’s and 70’s and by making solid albums with classic rock-style songwriting and musicianship. They cite their main influences as The Beatles, The Band, The Stones, Billy Joel, Neil Young, Pearl Jam, Elliott Smith and Bob Dylan.
Tyler Calkins and Dave Verbocy started Marshmellow Overcoat in 2008 after playing solo acoustic shows for some time. Soon the duo added drummer Anthony ‘Cav’ Cavallaro, and began recording and performing full-time. In the same vein as rock heroes like The Beatles and Neil Young, Marshmellow Overcoat is focused on making solid albums with classic rock-style songwriting and musicianship. Check out more at: www.myspace.com/marshmellowovercoat and look for the new album, “On Safari,” on Amazon and Itunes.
The band is available for electric and/or acoustic shows, consisting of several original tunes and covers (Beatles, Rolling Stones, Pearl Jam, etc). Tyler also plays solo acoustic shows around the State College area. MO is in the studio working on the band’s third album, and has plans for a busy summer with festival dates and new album release shows. (read less)
Tyler Calkins and Dave Verbocy started Marshmellow Overcoat in 2008 after playing solo acoustic shows for some time. Soon the duo added drummer Anthony ‘Cav’ Cavallaro, and began recording and performing full-time. Hailing from Bradford, PA and now calling the State College area home, Marshmellow Overcoat has been busy with gigs and laying down tracks for a new studio CD due sometime in the summer of 2011. The bands members include Tyler Calkins on vox, keys, harmonica and acoustic and lead guitar, Dave Verbocy on vocals, bass, acoustic and 12-string guitars and Anthony “Cav” Cavallaro on the skins and percussions.
Marshmellow Overcoat recorded their 2nd LP “On Safari” with veteran Nashville engineer, Mark Frigo. The CD’s first track “Over Me” features some nice guitar work and strong vocals that bring out their rock roots. “Faces on the Floor” has a distinct retro sound with precise string work that accentuates the vocals nicely. “Nothing’s Ever Been the Same” is a bit more mod and fits in the alternative mold with its composition and presentation, but maintains the bands overall structure. “Girl with the Red Hair” is a tune written about 20 yrs ago and is a 60’s clone with the riffs, rhythms and energetic vox.
“Goin’ to Williamsport” is a mid-tempo number and has some of the retro-mod sound that shows the bands many influences. The full sound offered is refreshing! “Life is Complicated” features a more up to date acoustic folk/alternative sound with some nice old time 60’s style keyboard work from back in the day. “She’s a Winner” is a distinctly British sounding number with the laid back harmonies and prominent string work. Very clean and Beatlesque, Shades of John, Paul, George and Ringo!
“Around Here” reminds me of Peter Noone on the vocals, but with a catchy hook that is Herman’s Hermits all the way! “How to Let Go” has a definite Procol Harem feel to it with the cool keys and the laid back vocals. I hear the Brit influences on this track bigtime. “Another Way to Hide” is 60’s folk/rock in its makeup with the Bob Dylan–like sounding vocals and harmonica work with simple picking. “Something Sun” could be a track emanating the 60’s Invasion from across the pond in the 60’s replete those signature harmonies. “Live On” smacks you in the face from the start with a more modern sound that are reflected in the vocals and instrumentation.
If you like retro-mod music that has roots in the 60’s and 70’s with a new touch but with the signature harmonies and guitar riffs, then this CD is for you. This well-produced effort can take you to another time if you let it!