Marion Walker is the Seattle-based Rock’n’Roll Art Punk project of Jessie Marion Smith and Kyle Walker Akins. Smith is a dancer, choreographer, filmmaker, and musician. Akins is a musician, visual artist, sound engineer, and filmmaker. Together they play as a band and make interdisciplinary video and performance work. Their music is a blend of psychedelic Rock’n’Roll and angular pop. It is a head-on collision between doomy, bleak worlds and fuzzed-out, technicolor tones.
Marion Walker’s new full-length album, “111EGAL SUNSH1NE,” will come out in early 2018 on Pleasure Fool Records. “111EGAL SUNSH1NE” marks the 5-year anniversary of the band and to celebrate they created an 11-song LP alongside a collection of five dance/music videos.
“111EGAL SUNSH1NE” is an album driven by riffs and steered by vocal hooks. On this record, Marion Walker mixes proto-psych and post-punk, drum machine beats, and intertwining male/female vocals. “111EGAL SUNSH1NE” is hedonistic, depraved, romantic, and raw – It is as if The Velvet Underground, My Bloody Valentine, and Funkadelic had a baby and named the dogg Lucifur.
Marion Walker have been artists-in-residence at Center on Contemporary Art and PROJECT: Space Available. They have also received funding from The Nevada Arts Council, The National Endowment for the Arts, New Music USA, and Office of Arts & Cultural Seattle.
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“It’s fuzzy, it’s buzzy, it’s muscular, mysterious, and maybe even a little dangerous. There is a shiv hidden in this band’s glovebox.”
– Chad Werner, News Whistle
“…purveyors of oozing, grinding psychedelia with droning masculine-feminine vocal harmonies…”
– Leilani Polk, Creative Loafing Tampa
“…it would be easy to become wrapped up in the electrically charged blanket they [Marion Walker] are wearing: it’s exactly what the listeners would want. …a unique dichotomy of high energy and sullen angst.”
– Jeremy Wood, Innocent Words