Come along on The Marmalade Army’s sophomore effort “All Tomorrow’s Yesterdays” and get “unstuck” in time. Is it 1962 or 1974? You may easily be lost anywhere in between as the lovable lads celebrate long hair, loud guitars and L-O-V-E! Slide over the hood and climb through the window as we take a sonic ride in the backseat of their musical Trans Am. Several years in the works, they have dusted off their wah wahs and proceeded to kick out the jellies and jams with a “brand-old” collection of ditties guaranteed to perm your hair and snap your underpants. Strap in, turn up and hang loose with the music scene’s most confused rock combo this side of the Way Out City Limits!
Herb Fountainbleu of Sonic Rocks Magazine recently sat down with Lumpy Peppermint of The Marmalade Army in Boston’s Copley Plaza Hotel to discuss their new record “All Tomorrow's Yesterdays”
Herb: Why did this take so long?
Lumpy: Well, let’s just say the four deities of pop musical fertility (Lennon, Harrison, Carl Wilson and Henry Mancini) - were busy elsewhere for the past four years. In short, everything that could have gone wrong, did. All Maalox under the bridge now though and we are ready to move forward. We’re happy to be back!
Herb: Where was it recorded?
Lumpy: In and around New England, New York and parts of the deep south. Georgia. Wherever good vibes were in plentiful supply.
Herb: Tell me about some of the songs. What is “Persephone” about?
Lumpy: It’s really about a beautiful, free spirited young lady who lives in her own world and by her own unconventional rules.
Herb: So’s she’s not homeless or have any mental issues?
Lumpy: That would certainly give the song a rather odd and sinister twist. No she’s not.
Herb: What about “Bumped My Head”?
Lumpy: It’s about floating away on a current of new and exciting love.
Herb: Why only new love? What about older, established love?
Lumpy: As in old married people? I think they probably listen to Ray Conniff or Jerry Vale and obey whatever it is those artists have to say. I’m not sure that I want to know what goes on in those circles.
Herb: Okay, what about “Myoclonic Jerk”. What in the world is that?
Lumpy: It is that sensation you experience when you have just drifted off to sleep and you have a dream of falling through the air or some such thing and your jerk yourself back to consciousness.
Herb: And you sing that you are in love with this?!
Lumpy: Indeed. Have you ever had one?
Herb: Well I guess. I once had a dream that I was in a Friendly’s and this dog was talking to me with Rod Serling’s voice and demanding the ice cream cone I had just bought. When I refused, he lunged at me and then I woke up and let out a shriek like Bjork.
Herb: Why do you think you haven’t yet exploded onto the pop world?
Lumpy: We have a large and loyal underground following which makes us more like something red and swelling and sensitive to the touch. Apply a hot moist cloth and some alcohol to us and we’re bound to explode all over your bathroom mirror, which could be a good thing or just a mess.
Herb: Do you listen to much new music?
Lumpy: Whenever we get the chance we turn on the transistor. We really dig this delightful combo by the name of Herman and His Hermits or some such. Good fun indeed.
Herb: Is Lumpy Peppermint your real name?
Lumpy: My middle name is actually “Gooey”, which is such a preposterous name, and so I stopped using it.
Herb: What do you do for fun?
Lumpy: I am mad about this thing called “Spirograph”. It’s this sort of swirly drawing thingy. I love to do “Spin Art” as well. I suppose we play the phonograph a lot and watch a show called “Run Buddy Run” starring Jack Sherman on the Television.
Herb: What’s next?
Lumpy: I’m off to get my bangs trimmed.
Herb: Thanks, Lumpy
Lumpy: Sianatra Herby!
Marmalade Army “All Tomorrows Yesterdays”
On the followup to 2008′s “Johnny Cake and Moon Pies,” the band moves away from 60′s pastiche and leans more on its XTC’s influences. But it starts out with a surf guitar instrumental before it dazzles us with the brilliant “Persephone.” It tells the story of falling in love with an eccentric as the falsetto intones “All the children point and snicker/ but she makes my heart beat quicker.”
“Bumped My Head On The Sky” is also impressive, with a catchy melody and Andy Partridge styled bridge. “I Think You Know” has some beautiful musical ideas, and another keeper is the frantic “Myclonic Jerk.” The bouncy beat and handclaps of “Unglued” contrasts the wicked guitar solo – its my favorite here. Fans of Pugwash and SugarPlastic will definitely want to get this one.