A few words by Lewis Cooper, professional live music photographer..
A friend of mine mentioned that one of her friends was playing in Salt Lake City at a local bistro, so I decided to drop by and take a few photos. The band is called Marinade. What I saw assembled on the stage was an eclectic collection of musicians who looked like a combination of ski bums, blues players, REI employees, jazzsters and one little pixie/hippie girl named Talia Keys. I never saw Janis Joplin play but it was always a dream of mine, well my dream came true in this tiny little venue in Salt Lake City of all places. Talia seems to me to be a reincarnate of Janis Joplin and the more I think about it the band sounded a lot like a modern version of The Holding Company. Talia’s voice is huge, I couldn’t believe it was actually emanating from such a small package, she delivered every song with passion, poise and power seldom seen these days, oh did I mention she was also playing the drums?
The band moved effortlessly between funky blues, psychedelic rock, Michael Jackson covers, and even a few groovy jazz numbers. One song in particular was announced as George Bush song, this original song proved that this band not only rocked hard but could also write with depth, beauty and relevance. I found myself thinking ahead until I could see then in a “real” club setting where they could feed off the energy of an enthused crowd and really stretch out they
Marinade blends styles for music that hits spot
By Autumn Thatcher
For The Salt Lake Tribune
First published Feb 07 2011 01:01 AM
Updated Feb 7, 2011 11:22 AM
Marinade calls itself a “juicy” band that gets fans moving to the beat.
Members of the local quintet — which travels from show to show in a sparkly, green
van — are Talia Keys (vocals, drums, mandolin, guitar), James Trevino (bass, vocals),
Jimmy Rockstar (lead guitar/vocals), Spencer Kellogg (saxophone, guitar) and Matt
Keys recently filled us in on the group’s history and music.
Describe your music.
A juicy and succulent combination of many different music styles, blues, funk, soul,
jazz, reggae and rock. It’s very danceable and entertaining.
What makes the band unique?
A female lead drummer and vocalist. We put the drums right out front and give it
to you! We also have a percussionist, so both drummers feed off of each other. We
also all come from different backgrounds and vary in age from 25 to 46, making our
musical influences range as well. Jimmy and Spencer both studied jazz at the University
of Utah, and Jimmy used to play in many metal bands. Myself, bass and percussionist
are all self-taught.
How long has the band been together?
More than a year in this configuration, but some members have been a part of the
band for two years.
Yes, an EP called “It’s Juicy.” It’s a five-song EP with all originals recorded early
on. It’s rough and raw but it gives you a good sampling of what we have to offer.
The first song is “Roses.” It’s a blues heartbreak into redemption song. Then “Voodoo
Maya,” a jazz-tinged two-step. “Mother Earth” is our funky dance song. “Downtown
Digs” is a high-energy instrumental. And the EP ends with “Take Over,” a political
reggae-tinged inspired by the Bush administration.
How has the band evolved?
We feed off of our live shows and we try to do new things each show and challenge
each other live onstage. Many of our songs are written and practiced once or twice
and it’s in playing it live where it really grows into something.
Where has the band performed?
Desert Rocks, Powellapalooza, Park City Arts Fest and many Sundance gigs including
the House of Blues. We traveled more than 10,000 miles last year in our green sparkle
van playing in Colorado, Idaho, Arizona and all over Utah.
Do band members have any side projects?
I play solo with a looping pedal once a month at the Hog Wallow. I call it my “Gemini
Mind.” Jimmy Rockstar plays in Miles Beyond, a jazz fusion band; Spencer Kellogg
plays in many other sit-in projects, but also a band called Chasing Zen.
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(In depth article of The Salt Lake Tribune)
Local Sounds: Marinade
Posted 2011-02-01 14:50:19 by Autumn Thatcher
Marinade, as a whole, has been making music together for more than a year, but the
individual band members have made the art of music-making a full-time job.
is made up of musicians who have done everything from study music at the U. to playing
in a variety of bands. All of these individual careers have enabled the group to
come together as Marinade, the self-described “juicy” band that gets you up on your
feet and moving to the beat.
Their preference to cross musical genres while playing
has allowed the members of Marinade to create a sound that is entirely their own
and has provided them with a supportive fan base and has them constantly on the move
in their sparkly, green van.
How long has Marinade been making music together?
has been making music for over a year as this configuration. Some members have been
a part of the band for two years.
How would you describe your musical evolution?
We feed off of our live shows and we try to do new things each show and challenge
each other live on stage. Many of our songs are written and practiced once or twice
and it’s in playing it live where it really grows into something.
How would you describe
the music of Marinade?
A juicy and succulent combination of many different music styles,
blues, funk, soul, jazz, reggae and rock.
What makes Marinade different from other
bands in Utah?
The main thing would be a female lead drummer and vocalist. We put
the drums right out front and give it to you! We also have a percussionist, so both
drummers feed off of each other. We also all come from different backgrounds and
vary in age from 25 to 46, making our musical influences range as well. Jimmy and
Spencer both studied jazz at the University of Utah, and Jimmy used to play in many
metal bands. Myself, bass and percussionist are all self taught.
has Marinade had as a result of your music?
We have played music festivals, Desert
Rocks, Powellapalooza, Park City Arts Fest, many Sundance gigs including the House
of Blues, and traveled over 10,000 miles last year in our green sparkle van playing
in Colorado, Idaho, Arizona and all over Utah.
Are the members of Marinade working
on any side projects?
Talia Keys plays solo with a looping pedal once a month at the
Hog Wallow, calling it her “Gemini Mind”; Jimmy Rockstar plays in Miles Beyond, a
jazz fusion band; Spencer Kellogg plays in many other sit-in projects, but also a
band called Chasing Zen.
Does Marinade have any albums out?
Yes, an EP called “Its
Juicy.” We also give out many live samples too.
How would you describe your EP?
a 5-song EP with all originals recorded early on in our forming of the band. It’s
rough and raw but it gives you a good sampling of what we have to offer. The first
song is “Roses.” It’s a blues heartbreak into redemption song. Then “Voodoo Maya,”
a jazz-tinged 2-step. “Mother Earth” is our funky dance song. “Downtown Digs” is
a high-energy instrumental. And the EP ends with “Take Over,” a political reggae-tinged
inspired by the Bush Administration.
How would you describe a Marinade live show?
highly energetic ride through long jams of original material, and select choice of
cover songs that we really do make our own. Each member can rotate through the instruments,
and each member really gets good solo time. Our music is very danceable and entertaining.
should people check out Marinade?
We provide a very unique and entertaining show.
Utah has many different styles and we are just another flavor to try out. If you’re
in to blues, funk, reggae, soul and jam, then we’ve got something for you.
locals see Marinade live?
All over. Hog Wallow, Green Pig Pub, Johnny’s On Second,
The Owl Bar, Fats Bar and many other great venues. We have our full schedule up on
our Myspace page and website.
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This month’s Localized features the female-fronted, male-backed stylings of jammers
Marinade, funky-rockers Uncle Scam and opening band The Vision. Come check it out
on Friday Nov. 12 at Urban Lounge for only $5.
Talia Keys - Vocals, Drums, Mandolin, Guitar
James ‘The Minister of Meat’
Trevino - Bass, Vocals
Jimmy ‘Rockstar’ Lauscher - Lead Guitar, Vocals
- Saxophone, Guitar
Matt Pizza - Percussion, Dreadlocks
Marinade wants to get you wet. As guitarist Jimmy ‘Rockstar’ Lauscher puts it, Marinade
will go “wherever we can go and marinate people ... soak ‘em, make ‘em all wet and
juicy.” After over 100 shows in 2010 alone, it’s safe to say that many people reading
this have already bathed in Marinade’s melodious musical mixture.
About two years
ago, Talia Keys, James Trevino and Matt Pizza got together to play a house party.
They realized that they had a real rapport together after that first show, and decided
to book a few more shows to see if what they had was as good as it seemed. Lauscher,
a graduate from the jazz program at the U and an all-around heavy metal guy, loved
Marinade’s bluesy-jammy vibe. He says, “They invited me to come sit in one night.
I was thinking it would be for two or three songs, but three hours later I realized
we had real chemistry together.” Spencer Kellogg says, “I was just free,” to an eruption
of laughter from his bandmates.
When Keys was nine years old, her mom bought her a
drum kit from Sears. She says, “I was hitting everything else, and my mom thought,
‘How about we get you something to hit that’s not going to break.’” At 16 she learned
to play guitar, then at 21 she picked up the mandolin. There aren’t a lot of drummers
on lead vocals, but for Marinade it was a natural choice. For Keys, singing and drumming
was just more natural than singing and playing guitar. She’s sort of a Phil Collins,
except with hair and soul—Phyllis Collins, maybe.
The members of Marinade are all
multi-instrumentalists. Lauscher can play just about anything with strings, as well
as the didgeridoo, which he picked up during a month of unemployment and TV-watching.
Kellogg plays basically any woodwind instrument. Keys says, “He blows a lot of things.”
The band laughs again, proving that they are all good-natured and really enjoy each
other, which translates to their great musical chemistry. Pizza garners a lot of
respect for his percussive aptitude, but it’s in his wielding of dreadlocks where
he really tries to shine. He says, “Turn up the dreadlock? It’s up to 11 all the
It’s not all jokes and jamming for Marinade. This band works hard. You can
regularly find the band playing around the state at places like Woody’s Tavern in
Moab, the Park City Arts Festival and the Hog Wallow, as well as at nearby festivals
like Desert Rocks, Powellapalooza and Boulder’s Big Hootenanny. All of this gigging
has helped them accumulate over 10 hours of material, so they can play a different
set every night. Yet, their musical relationship is so strong that they really could
play the same set differently every night. They say they just play whatever happens,
and they make it work.
Speaking of the local music scene, the band agrees that there
are a lot of great reggae, psych rock, jazz, blues and jam bands in Utah. Keys says,
“I feel like we add bits of each of those genres and just jam all of that out.” Marinade
has hopes to tour the northwest next year, but in the meantime, they are reinforcing
Salt Lake by playing shows, as well as going to shows, which they feel is really
Some of their favorite acts to see and/or share the stage with are Stonefed,
Wisebird, The Vision, Dead Horse Anonymous and the Desert Rocks homegrown bands.
The band released an EP in May, and has sold all but 12 of the 500 pressings. The
band is currently working through their material to find the best songs for their
upcoming full-length release. Keep up with Marinade on their Facebook where all
of their shows and plans are continually announced. Keys says, “I whore the shit
out of our Facebook.” Realistically though, the band works so hard and plays so often
that you’d probably need to put effort into missing Marinade these days, and that’d
be wasted effort for sure.
Local blues/funk band shares recipe
By Austen Diamond
July 28,2011 -
Every prominent chef has something that sets him or her apart from the crowd. Emeril
Lagasse shouts “Bam!” when he adds some heat to a dish. Paula Deen uses excessive
amounts of butter. And Giada De Laurentiis is simply hot.
To cook up delectable, genre-bending tunes, Talia Keys blends the talents of herself
and a mishmash crew of four musicians as diverse as ingredients in a spice rack.
Salt Lake City-based Marinade’s recipe, however, isn’t secret, like Colonel Sanders’
11 herbs and spices are.
There’s Keys (vocals, drums), James Trevino (bass), Jimmy Lauscher (lead guitar),
Matt Pizza (percussion) and Spencer Kellogg (saxophone). As with culinary experimentation,
they’ve tried different recipes to various degrees of success.
“At one point, we had eight members, but gigs were just too complicated,” Keys says.
“A three-piece would be ideal, money-wise, but sound-wise, we need everyone.”
That’s especially true for live shows—how their music is best experienced. “We’ve
had to play without someone several times, and when we get everybody back, it clicks
and we’re like, ‘Ahhh.’ ” And the audience is like “Mmmmm,” because their sound’s
scintillating, multi-flavored kick—with its spicy funk, salty blues, savory reggae
and chill jazz—is finger-lickin’ good.
After seeing them a year ago, I caught Marinade in July at Pat’s Barbecue. They’ve
come a long way. With Keys at the helm, playing drums and letting her pipes soar
to epic heights, Marinade is tight.
Keys calls that their tame, “PG,” all-ages show, even though they still sold their
“Soak Your Meat in This” T-shirts. Folks bobbed their heads and ate ribs as Keys’
howls filled the small main hall. The location is fitting for two reasons: It strengthens
this meat-centered metaphor, and it’s where the band got started.
In October 2007, Keys took that stage with blues stalwarts Tony Holiday and Jordan
Young—both now living in the South—for a Thursday night open-mic gig. After a year,
the group, Blue Route, disbanded, thus paving the way for Marinade.
Keys is the band’s fulcrum. She met Trevino while working at REI, where they jammed
fireside at company barbecues. With loose jams at their core, the duo found Pizza;
the rest of the band soon fell into place. A gig at Johnny’s on Second around Christmas
2009 got the ball rolling and, after a string of shows during Sundance 2010, the
final five-piece was set in place.
In concert, Marinade plays songs from their EP, Juicy, a five-song disc released
in April 2010 featuring all originals. Keys, however, calls that effort outdated.
The band has written seven songs since, prepping them for a debut full-length. To
flush out extended sets, they pull from more than 25 covers, spanning the spectrum
from the Grateful Dead to David Bowie, Bob Marley to Etta James.
Keys, a full-time musician—rare in this town—is the band manager and booking agent.
Through serious playing nearly every weekend, they congealed as a band, and they’re
booked solid through the fall, which includes their first-ever extended tour. They
have just returned from a two-week jaunt where they travelled as far east as Denver.
Making the jump from weekend gigging to hitting the open road is a pivotal moment
for a band. “It’s like having a make-up-or-break-up dinner: We’ll know after this
if it’s going to work long-term or not,” Keys says. “We’re going to spend nine nights
together in one tent or one hotel, basically 24/7. We’re going to learn a lot about
Local Sounds: Marinade adds flavor to Utah music scene
Local sounds » Psychedelic jam-band to have record-release party Wednesday.
By david burger
| The Salt Lake Tribune
First Published Sep 07 2012 12:47 pm • Last Updated Sep 11 2012 05:18 pm
Talia Keys, the lead singer of Salt Lake City jam-band Marinade, was asked a simple
question, to compare her band to another one so listeners have a sense of what its
music sounds like.
Her response wasn’t so simple: "Janis Joplin rolled with some Zeppelin, topped with
some Franti, mixed with some Marley, a pinch of Bowie, a tablespoon of Stones, some
juicy mix of Pink Floyd, set aside for a couple of hours to marinate, then popped
into a hot oven for four hours."About four years ago, Keys started playing drums
in the first incarnation of Marinade, which initially was an eight-piece ensemble
of musical friends, but has slimmed down to a five-piece who have been playing together
for almost three years. "Big thanks to those previous band members for helping this
dream of mine come true," Keys said.
Keys is joined in the band by bassist James Trevino, guitarist Jimmy Lauscher, saxophonist
Spencer Kellogg and percussionist Matthew Pizza.
After releasing a five-song EP called "It’s Juicy" in 2010, the band has recorded
a new album and will release it at a party on Wednesday, Sept. 12, at The State Room.
Keys was asked email questions about the psychedelic band’s journey, its new album
and how assassination can be different from just plain murder.
How did you get started in music? How did the band get started?
I personally started music at a very young age. My mom listened to really awesome
music and generally had it turned up loud. At the age of 9, Santa brought me my first
drum set, and it was on from there. At 16, I picked up my uncle’s guitar, at 21,
played the mandolin, and most recently, about four years ago, started playing drums
for Marinade. James and I played in a couple of other bands together, and when they
disbanded we decided to start Marinade with Matt. It started as an eight-piece disjointed
jam band with friends. The more shows we played, the more support we received, but
also it made me realize that I want to take this thing seriously and try to make
What can we expect from your new album?
If you had heard our last album — growth. If you are a new listener and have seen
us live, then you are in for a treat. We recorded this album mostly live with little
overdubs. So it doesn’t lose that interaction and flow. We worked really hard on
this record, as well as our master sound man Mike Sasich, who did the actual recording,
mixing and mastering of the album. He has such a great ear and puts out quality product.
The eight songs are all original material and are a very eclectic mix of rock, blues,
funk and beyond.
If Gov. Mitt Romney asked you about your band, what would you say?
I would recite lyrics from our song "Con Man" to him: "You’re a congressman, a businessman,
an oilman, with the plan, for every man. When you stack your hand, you steal our
land, ’cause you are the con man. Everyone should supply the funds, for your fun,
’cause what’s done is done. We’re in the red, too many dead, in over our heads ’cause
you made your bed." He would probably smile and nod, and then buy a CD. Ignorance
If President Barack Obama asked you about your band, what would you say?
I would tell him first things first, our sax player is way better than [Bill] Clinton.
Then I would thank him for having one of the hardest jobs on the planet, especially
following Bush. Then I would ask to throw a concert at the White House. Why not try?
What is the most memorable experience you’ve had in music?
Playing Desert Rocks Music Festival for the first time with my band. I’ve attended
many music festivals, and from the crowd have wished that one day I would be up there.
So when it actually happened, I was overwhelmed with joy, pride and accomplishment.
That first time was just so significant for me, because it proved that with hard
work, perseverance, support and talent, anything can happen. In just a few short
years of playing music professionally, I have played several festivals, toured all
over Utah, Colorado and Idaho, lived and played in Northern California, and played
shows in Paris, France, and Zermatt, Switzerland. Not bad seeing as my first show
was not too long ago.
How important does a person have to be before they are considered "assassinated"
instead of just "murdered"? I guess it depends who you ask. If you put it that way,
it makes me feel like all people who are murdered should be considered assassinated.
It’s not a matter of importance, I feel like everyone is really important to someone.
Yet I do not think that’s what you’re asking with this question. To me, I think people
are assassinated because they pose a threat to someone else. Usually those that order
the assassination are the true threat.
Do you think Emily Maynard and Utahn Jef Holm of "The Bachelorette" will stay together
and get happily married?