When Marah unleashes its seventh studio album, Life Is A Problem
, on June 22, it'll be like the compact disc era never happened.
The band has confirmed that although Life Is A Problem
will be available for purchase on iTunes, it will not
be available on CD. That might seem strange, until you consider the formats Marah has
chosen to use.
-- 180 gram vinyl LP in a gatefold sleeve (with a limited edition pressed on red vinyl, plus free digital download)
-- cassette tape. That is not a typo.
Keyboardist Christine Smith has long been an advocate for cassettes; she once posed for a promo photo in a bathtub where modesty was provided by piles of anachronistic cassette tapes.
"We obviously grew up on cassettes and get real happy just thinking about you and your boys out in the garage playing darts and listening to our new record on cassette," the group said in an email message.
Life Is A Problem
has been in the works for some time. Last August
, Smith and band mate Dave Bielanko spoke about the making the record and the fallout from the hobbled release of Marah's sixth album, Angels of Destruction
. In recent months, the group has given fans a taste of the eclectic-sounding new album by posting a number of songs on their website
. The new record will be issued by the group's new indie label, Valley Farm Songs.
"Walmart will not be selling Life is a Problem
, neither will Starbucks Coffee Shops… “good”, “who cares?” Walmart is not our place….never was….our place is different, it’s better," said the band in a post on their website.