Rock / Folk / Punk

Red Tornado

Artist: Leigh Marble

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            Hailing from New England, Leigh Marble decided to head out to Portland, Oregon in the late Ď90s, hoping to stand out in the areaís music scene.  With his American folk style mixed with some rock and punk stylings, Leigh Marbleís singing and songwriting was rather unique.  Joining up with Fishboy Studios, Marble put out a debut album in 2004 called Peep.  A second album was produced in 2007 entitled Red Tornado.

            With Red Tornado, Leigh Marble was hoping to create an album with even more grit and angst than his first.  With songs like Get Yours, Lucky Bastards and Salt in the Wounds which deal with such topics as rape, unscrupulous ambition and self-destruction, Red Tornado is definitely more angst-filled than Peep.  Marbleís lyrics are definitely hard-hitting and angst driven, giving the listener the impression that the stories he tells are derived from life experience.

            The sound is rather interesting and differs from song to song.  Just when you think that what you have is a folk singer with some electronic guitar riffs, you find yourself listening to a punkish track very reminiscent of Beck.  Itís very hard to pin down the sound of Leigh Marble and I think thatís what makes his music so unique.  His versatility will allow him to endure as he will never have to settle for one single genre.

            In 2008, Marble introduced a six-track EP, Twister, offering a new spin on some of the best tracks on Red Tornado.  The mix EP was interesting, but I found the original to be a tad more haunting thanks to the lack of electronic noise and funky beats.

            Angst goes a long way in the music industry so long as your listeners can relate to the pain your singing about.  Leigh Marble has definitely made his mark on the music scene in Portland, connecting to his listeners with lyrics they can relate to and music that is new and unique.  One can only wonder how Marble plans to top Red Tornado.


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