Here are some questions to ask Marah should you ever get a chance to talk to the band -- because as soon as you hear them, you'll definitely want to meet them: How did they get Steve Earle to prodce them, Bruce Springsteen to record with then, High Fidelity author Nick Nornby to perform with thenm and Stephen King to rave about thenm? And how is it that they blow away South-by-Southwest crowds year after year, yet still maintain that gotta-love-'em underdog quality? Actually, the answer to all f the above is simple: it's the music. marah are a simple band of brothers (Serge and Dave Bielanko) and friends fro Philly who consistently grind out grand albums like Let's Cut the Crap and Hook Up Late on Tonight, or their latest, If you Didn't Laugh, You'd Cry. They sound like the Replacements crashing into the Boss and Earle, but most of all, they sound like sincerity. That's all they know, these brothers in arms; how to be sincere. On any given night, when they're sweating their asses off and questioning 14 years of club-to-club existence, they can tell you the story of their parents' romance and a hundred other tales. And you'll believe every one.
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