乐队风格：alt-country/ indie rock/rock
1993年组成的4人乐队，成员包括吉他手兼主唱 Dave Bielanko，贝司手Danny Metz，鼓手 Ronnie Vance 。
乐队在2000年大换血。Metz和Vance离开了乐队，而接替他们的是Mick Bader 和Joe Hooven 。乐队也随之改变起来。
在经过大换血后的乐团开始稳定了下来，他们参加了越来越多的演出。并且在2003年发行了“20,000 Streets Under the Sky”。现在，乐队保持着年均一张专辑的发行量，并且越来越多参加了巡回演出。他们的人气开始急速上升。
Marah was formed by singer/songwriter/guitarist Dave Bielanko, bassist Danny Metz and drummer Ronnie Vance in 1993. Guitarist, singer and harmonica player Serge Bielanko, Dave's older brother, joined the band in 1995.
The quartet recorded two albums together: Let's Cut the Crap & Hook Up Later On Tonight, released on Black Dog Records in 1998, and Kids in Philly, released on Steve Earle's now-defunct E-Squared Records in 2000. Both critically acclaimed CD's were recorded and produced by the band and recording engineer Paul Smith above an auto repair garage in south Philadelphia.
Metz and Vance left the band in 2000, and were replaced by Mick Bader on drums and Joe Hooven on bass. Augmented by Mike "Slo-Mo" Brenner on lap steel, this version of the group toured extensively to support Kids in Philly. Marah performed the song, "Point Breeze" from Kids in Philly on The Late Show with Conan O'Brien in 2000. Bader and Hooven left Marah in 2001 and were replaced by Jon Kois (drums) and Jamie Mahon (bass) of Philadelphia psychedelic rock band The Three For Tens.
The Bielankos, with Kois and Mahon, left for Wales in late 2001 to record their third CD, Float Away with the Friday Night Gods with former Oasis producer Owen Morris. It was released on Artemis Records in 2002.
In 2003, Marah returned to the auto garage and recorded their fourth record, 20,000 Streets Under the Sky. The CD was released on Yep Rock records in 2004. The band toured this album with John Wurster (of Indie Rock-stalwarts Superchunk) on drums, Mike Brenner on lap steel, and Kirk Henderson on bass and keyboards.
If You Didn't Laugh, You'd Cry and A Christmas Kind of Town
In 2005, the band entered The Magic Shop recording studio in New York City to record their fifth album with the help of Henderson and two new members, Adam Garbinski and Dave Peterson. The result, If You Didn't Laugh, You'd Cry (IYDLYC), was hailed by critics as a return to form for the band. Stephen King, writing in Entertainment Weekly, hailed IYDLYC as the best record of 2005.
If You Didn't Laugh, You'd Cry is an apt enough title, when you consider that this is probably the best rock band in America that nobody knows. Am I being an elitist here, trying to one-up my audience? Nope. Marah is great in the scat, bop, and jive way Springsteen was great on The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle. One listen to songs like The Closer and Fat Boy on this amazing record and I think you'll agree. These guys are either the American U2 or close enough for government work.
The release of IYDLYC was complemented by the recording and release of a Christmas album, A Christmas Kind of Town, on October 18, 2005. The band, solidified as a three-guitar quintet, embarked on a year-long tour of the US and Europe to support the two albums. Highlights of the tour included Serge Bielanko's intense renditions of "Dishwasher's Dream" off of IYDLYC, as well as occasional performances of "Reservation Girl," an original song that has never been officially released by the band.
In addition to the release of A Christmas Kind of Town, the band recorded the music for lyrics written by This American Life contributor Sarah Vowell entitled "Christmas at Valley Forge." The song, along with other selections from A Christmas Kind of Town, was aired on the show's holiday special in December 2005.
Dave Bielanko, Serge Bielanko, and Adam Garbinski at ACL 2006.The band played at the Bonnaroo Music Festival on June 16, 2006, which was highlighted by a rousing introduction by St. Louis scenester/character Beatle Bob and a cover of The Who's "Baba O'Riley." Marah later played the Austin City Limits Music Festival on September 15th, 2006, featuring a spirited performance from the band with Dave and Serge Bielanko jumping over the crowd barriers into the audience. The audio of this performance was released on iTunes on November 7th, 2006.
On September 21, 2006, the band's website announced the release of a live DVD of the IYDLYC tour, entitled Sooner or Later in Spain. The DVD, which was originally recorded and released as a fan bootleg, was released on November 17th, 2006.
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01. Faraway You 3:30
02. Point Breeze 2:14
03. Christian St. 3:21
04. It's Only Money, Tyrone 3:26
05. My Heart Is the Bums on the Street 2:19
06. The Catfisherman 3:55
07. Round Eye Blues 4:12
08. From the Skyline of a Great Big Town 3:31
09. Barstool Boys 2:57
10. The History of Where Someone Has Been Killed 4:05
11. This Town 3:47