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The Marks Cartel

Posted on the 22 November 2017 by Mike Lindley @fruitbatwalton
The Marks CartelSouth Wales four piece The Marks Cartel release their riotous new single Slave early next year across all digital platforms.  

Slave is produced by MAX HEYES and mastered by BRIAN LUCEY. Early support for The Marks Cartel has come in the form of Ralph's Indie Show on Radio KC, BBC Intro and Absolute Radio. However the four piece have particularly stood out in the live scene supporting the likes of Foals, VANT and TrampoleneThe Marks Cartel are a four-piece from the village of Cwmllynfell and comprises Matt Turner (vocals & guitar), Kristian Tabram (guitar & vocals), Rhodri Allcock (bassist & vocals) and Emyr Lewis (drums). The band name refers to the notorious Welsh cultural icon Howard Marks a.k.a. Mr Nice and his ‘organisation’.


Image may contain: 4 peopleSlave is a uniquely riff driven follow up to 2015 single Take Me Home serving as a worthy return after a run of festival dates at The Great Escape and KAYA. Adding blisteringly strong Kurt Cobain style vocals to a bass pedal pulse that carries the song for miles; Slave is a song for the left behind, the beaten the ones who will rise from the ashes.
Slave is a song that was written in anger. The song is about standing up to people who try and control and manipulate others. It’s written to empower people to stand up against bullies, liars, fraudsters and cheats. It’s about proving people wrong.”
Image may contain: 3 people, people sitting, table and indoorThe Marks Cartel have gigged extensively over the last two years embracing a more fierce face to their music, including a sold-out shows supporting, Foals, Pretty Vicious, VANT, Trampolene and The Hearts.

They have also played NME and Jack Rocks showcase gigs recently playing at the O2 Academy Bristol to launch The Pogues Irish Whiskey.

Ralph gave Slave a spin on the Indie Show on Radio KC - Sunday 19th November - and if you missed it you can listen back on the Replay Podcast


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