Release Date: Sep 25, 2007
Record label: Ecstatic Peace
Genre(s): Indie, Rock
If Hartford, Connecticut's Magik Markers has built its reputation as a feverish live act, Boss wrangles all that frantic upheaval into a surprisingly tuneful and, yes, utterly ragged set of songs. It's hardly shocking that the duo of Elisa Ambrogio and Peter Nolan found a home on Thurston Moore's Ecstatic Peace label or a producer in Lee Ranaldo. On Boss, the band's mix of feedback-soaked guitar squalls and visionary role-playing pulls from the same playbook as vintage Sonic Youth.
When the Magik Markers first debuted a few years back, theirs was a reputation staked on pure aggression and virulent post-core swagger. Initially a trio known for walking that all-too-fine line between transcendent, in-concert anarchy and nonplussed, detuned live skronk, the Markers left a trail of CD-Rs that documented their raw, off-the-cuff marriage of free rock bluster, noise grit and punk derived thrust. And while the fury of those early sets and limited edition releases were something to behold, the glass ceiling they had created for themselves in that realm grew more opaque as time passed.