The Local 913 with Mariage Blanc
The indie rock band Mariage Blanc, at this point are veterans of the Pittsburgh rock scene. The band was inspired by the songwriting chemistry between frontmen Josh Kretzmer and Matt Ceraso.
“We write very well together and don’t have a lot of conflicts, which a lot of times in songwriting partnerships, people struggle with that kind of stuff. We’re always on the same page about things and it just happens to be an easy, natural thing for us to do. When you do something for so long with the same group of people… Josh Dotson and Josh Kretzmer and I have been doing this since the fall of 2007. They very much feel like brothers to me.”
After a Kretzmer made a huge move to California in 2014, the band made the bold choice to continue as a bi-coastal band. They recorded No Autobiography right before he left town, so their new album, Mirror Phrase, is their first project created with him on the other side of the country.
“When he would come here, we would work on a tune and then he would go away for a while. It gave us a lot of time in between those visits to really sit with the songs and let them marinate, which I never really had a chance to do. Because when he’s here and we’re working, we’re focused on X Y or Z. The songs all really went through quite an evolution. We boiled them down to songs that we felt were vibing and very evocative.”
Listen to the full conversation with Matt from Mariage Blanc on The Local 913 Podcast.
Mariage Blanc will release their new album locally October 12 at Brillo Box with a national release in November. More at their website.