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Kal Marks Share Hopeful Single, ‘Coffee,’ from Upcoming Album

The third single from the Boston band's sophomore release, 'Life is Alright, Everybody Dies'

The Boston indie band Kal Marks is nearing the release of their sophomore album, Life is Alright, Everybody Dies, and their third single, “Coffee,” continues to prove they have a changed outlook on life. The upcoming ten-track effort, due February 19 via Exploding In Sound/Midnight Werewolf Records, can be seen as “a sequel to Life is Murder,” the band’s debut album, according to vocalist and guitarist Carl Shane. The band practices doom-y tendencies at times, but “Coffee” is more hopeful than its riffs might suggest: It’s “about trying to find someone who you can spend your life with” and “someone who can stand by you even when you’ve seen hell and live in constant fear of the world.” Most importantly, the track is about “how honorable that person is.”

Despite it mostly slow pacing, “Coffee” isn’t stagnant, constantly revolving its chord progressions and intensity. The focus stays on the bass and Shane’s voice, which sounds tired and far away throughout the song — until the end, when the rhythm picks up and Shane’s weary singing surges to a strained yell. Listen to “Coffee” below.


Life is Alright, Everybody Dies is out February 19 via Exploding In Sound/Midnight Werewolf Records. View its cover below, and you can pre-order the album here.

Kal Marks cover
Kal Marks tour dates:
February 16 — Boston, MA @ O’Brien’s w/ Leapling, Horse Jumper of Love (solo) & more (Carl solo set)
February 20 — PA @ Everybody Hits w/ Bruise Bath, Snowplows & Pet
February 24 — Allston, MA @ Great Scott w/ LVL UP & Florist
March 3 — Brooklyn, NY @ Shea Stadium w/ Lushes, Patio & Lady Bones
March 4 — New Brunswick, NJ @ In the West
March 5 — Washington, DC @ Above The Bayou w/ Two Inch Astronaut, BRNDA & Nice Breeze
March 6 — Richmond, VA @ Sound of Music
March 7 — Harrisonburg, VA
March 8 — Raleigh-Durham, NC w/ Two Inch Astronaut & Beverly Tender
March 9 — Asheville, NC @ Odditorium w/ Two Inch Astronaut
March 10 — Nashville, TN @ Freakin Weekend Fest w/ Two Inch Astronaut
March 11 — Atlanta, GA @ Wonderoot w/ Two Inch Astronaut
March 12 — Talahasse, FL @ Wolfs Den w/ Two Inch Astronaut, Yikes & Lingua Franca
March 13 — New Orleans, LA @ Sisters In Christ w/ Two Inch Astronaut, Woozy & Melters
March 14 — Lafayette, LA w/ @ Feed N Seed w/ Two Inch Astronaut, Pope, Neat & Mercury Girls
March 15 — Houston, TX w/ Two Inch Astronaut
March 16 — Austin, TX @ SXSW
March 17 — Austin, TX @ SXSW
March 18 — Austin, TX @ SXSW
March 19 — Austin, TX @ SXSW
March 20 — Denton, TX @ Gatsbys Mansion w/ Left & Right
March 21 — Fayetteville, AR @ Backspace w/ Left & Right
March 22 — Little Rock, AR w/ Left & Right
March 23 — Murray, KY @ Terrapin Station w/ Left & Right
March 24 — Louisville, KY @ Kaiju bar w/ Left & Right
March 25 — Chicago, IL @ Subterranean Downstairs w/ Left & Right, Yeesh & Longface
March 26 — Cincinatti, OH @ Northside Yacht Club w/ Left & Right
March 27 — Columbus, OH @ Tree Bar w/ Left & Right
March 28 — Pittsburgh, PA w/ Left & Right
March 29 — Allentown, PA w/ Left & Right
March 30 — Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brendas w/ Left & Right & Blue Smiley
March 31 — New Haven, CT @ Cafe 9 w/ Left & Right, Lea, Bilge Rat & more
April 01 — Allston, MA @ O’Briens w/ Left & Right, Lady Bones & Sneeze
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