Watchhouse’s Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz Hit by Car While Walking in Iowa City
Photo by Kendall Bailey
The band Watchhouse (formerly Mandolin Orange) suffered an unexpected bump — literally — on their tour last night in Iowa City.
According to a post on the band’s verified social media accounts, Andrew Marlin and his wife Emily Frantz were crossing the street at a crosswalk when they were hit by a car. A photo accompanying the post shows Marlin flashing a thumbs up from what appears to be a hotel bed, his face bloodied. The post said that they suffered concussions and required stitches and staples, but “we are thankfully going to be just fine.”
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The post said the band is canceling tonight’s show in Iowa City, as well as tour stops in St. Paul, Minnesota; Madison, Wisconsin; and Maquoketa, Iowa, over the next few days as they recover.
They plan to resume their tour dates starting Sunday in Chicago. (UPDATE: On Saturday Watchhouse announced that they’re canceling the rest of their shows in April based on doctors’ advice.)
“We are so grateful right now, still just processing,” the post said.
The band’s manager said Wednesday afternoon that Marlin and Frantz were focusing on recovery and could not offer any further comment.
The duo first emerged from North Carolina’s roots music scene as Mandolin Orange, but changed their name to Watchhouse last May to mark both personal and musical growth. “We’re setting new intentions, taking control of this thing again,” they said in a statement at the time.
They released their first album under the new name last August (ND review).